Thursday, October 16, 2008

Asian Aircraft Carriers

Asian Aircraft Carriers

The Asian race to dominate the seas can best be understood through their ambitious Naval expansion programmes reflected in the development and purchasing of Aircraft carriers.

Thailand - HTMS Chakri Naruebet (1997)

China - Unconfirmed/Developmental stage (n/a)

Japan - Hyuga (Japan's 1st post World War II carrier,officially called a helicopter-carrying destroyer) (2007)

Korea - Dokdo class amphibious assault ship (2005)

India - INS Vikramaditya (2010)

Vikrant class aircraft Carrier - In progress

INS Vikrant (1957) -
The ship which played a key role during 1971 Indo-Pakistan war was decommissioned in 1997 and preserved as a floating museum at Mumbai.

INS Viraat (1986) -
currently in service

Who will rule the Oceans?

Only time can tell...

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