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The preeminence of the aircraft carrier

Written by Brian Kalman Brian Kalman is a management professional in the marine transportation industry. He was an officer in the US Navy for eleven years. He currently resides and works in the Caribbean. Introduction The beginning of the year 2016 has seen major operational developments in naval power design, born of differing strategic considerations and philosophies of naval power projection. The United States Navy is doubling down on the concept of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, as well as stealth technology, to form the backbone of its new fleet additions. The resurgent nations, China and Russia, have designed a number of new surface vessels which leverage next generation radar and missile technology. Chief amongst these are next generation guided missile destroyers that will provide both nations with very potent and flexible surface warfare platforms. The USS Zumwalt DDG 1000, first in class of a projected three vessels, was handed over to the U.S. Navy to begin sea trials …


On July 7, Iraqi forces have seized and secured the strategic highway betwen Samarra and Ramadi.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Security Forces launched a military operation in order to liberate 19 villages in the Upper Euphrates region of Anbar from ISIS.