BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The US military has been eyeing the possibility of transforming their amphibious ships into light carriers amid the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the number of their “bigger brothers”.

A US amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp, carrying 10 F-35 fighter jets on board has sailed through disputed waters of the South China Sea amid ongoing tensions with China, the National Interest reported. The ship was heading toward Subic Bay in the Philippines.

The ship was carrying twice the usual number of fighters on board, allegedly testing the American military’s theory that Wasp-class ships can serve as small aircraft carriers amid plans to reduce the number of large carriers in the US fleet.

Beijing has not yet commented on the ship’s passage, although it regularly does so when US Navy vessels sail through the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Washington claims that it is conducting freedom of navigation operations, but Beijing slams them as “provocations” and demands that the US remove its ships from the waters.

The dispute over the US military presence in the region, contested by several countries but largely controlled by the Chinese military, has been a source of tension between Washington and Beijing, along with the ongoing trade dispute.

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USA could consider purchasing the €2.3B DEAC from Naval Group : these even need MUCH less crew than the newest $3.4B America-class LHDs (which replaces the Wasp-class) while allowing up to 55-60 aircraft onboard and still offers catapults.
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While the Mistral-class LHDs would also provide a significant economy for US amphibious ships too : the (small) 199m version may carry ‘only’ 900 marines when an America-class carries 1687; at €451.6M instead of $3.4B, these also can carry a 40 strong heavy tanks battalion.
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Bigger 214.5m and 230m ones were proposed, including with reinforced decks to operate F-35B, ski-jump, etc.

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A nuclear powered version of DEAC was also proposed for €2.6B. Complement is 1350 (incl 900 for air wing), length is 280m and weight is 65,000t. For reference, a Gerald R. Ford-class CVN costs $13B ($4.7B R&D not counted), crew is around 4300 (6,012 for Nimitz-class) for 75+ aircraft, length is 337m (332.8m for Nimitz-class) and 100,000t+ for the 2 types. Now, when you know that no Nimitz-class was ever loaded with more than 48 fighter-jets while able to carry 4 squadrons (72) added with some E-2 AWACS, 1-2 C-2/MV-22 for COD and “Pedro” choppers, the DEAC design allowing 3-strong… Read more »