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China building second aircraft carrier: reports

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is building its second aircraft carrier, which is expected to take six years, and the country aims to have at least four such ships, Chinese and Hong Kong media reports said on Sunday. After two decades of double-digit increases in the military budget, China's admirals plan to develop a full blue-water navy capable of defending growing economic interests as well as disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.

Britain to send helicopter carrier to Philippines

Britain will send the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious to the Philippines to help with relief efforts after Super Typhoon Haiyan, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday. "I can announce Britain is sending the carrier HMS Illustrious to help with #TyphoonHaiyan," Cameron, who is heading to a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, said on his official Twitter account.

US Navy christens costly new carrier, USS Ford

The American navy christened the first of its next generation of aircraft carriers on Saturday, a multi-billion-dollar vessel hailed as the most technologically advanced warship ever built. The USS Gerald Ford, which has been plagued by huge cost overruns at a time of growing budget pressures, is due to begin service in 2016. The 13-billion-dollar nuclear-powered carrier, which is equipped with an array of technological wizardry, was christened with a bottle of champagne at a ceremony in Newport News, Virginia, near the sprawling Norfolk Naval base.

US Navy christens costly new aircraft carrier USS Ford

The American navy on Saturday christened a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing budget pressures. The daughter of the former US president, Susan Ford Bales, broke the traditional champagne bottle at a ceremony in the port of Newport News, Virginia, near the sprawling Norfolk naval base.

US Navy christens costly new aircraft carrier USS Ford

The American navy on Saturday christened a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing budget pressures. The daughter of the former US president, Susan Ford Bales, broke the traditional champagne bottle at a ceremony in the port of Newport News, Virginia, near the sprawling Norfolk naval base.

US drone lands on carrier deck in historic flight

A US Navy drone successfully touched down on the deck of an aircraft carrier on Wednesday, in an historic first for robotic flight. The bat-winged X-47B floated down to the USS George H.W. Bush at reduced speed and then caught an arresting wire on its tail hook, bringing it to a textbook-perfect stop, as reporters and top brass watched. "You saw the future today," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told journalists afterward.

Are US Navy's super carriers a relic of wars past?

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the US Navy's giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare. With the Pentagon facing $500 billion in cuts over the next decade, a Navy officer has dared to question the most treasured vessels in his service's fleet, saying the super carriers are increasingly vulnerable to new weapons and too expensive to operate.
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