One Chart Shows The Magnitude Of US Naval Dominance

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Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers Hōshō...

Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers Hōshō (foreground) and Kaga (background) at an unknown location during the China Incident in 1937. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Royal Navy Invincible-class aircraft carri...

The Royal Navy Invincible-class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R06) and United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) transit in formation during a multi-ship maneuvering exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. The three carriers are currently participating in Operation Bold Step where more than 15,000 service members from three countries partake in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enterprise underway in the Atlantic Ocean duri...

Enterprise underway in the Atlantic Ocean during Summer Pulse 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Artist's impression of the US Gerald R. Ford-c...

Artist’s impression of the US Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One Chart Shows The Magnitude Of US Naval Dominance

The single most important factor in U.S. military dominance is the country’s powerful navy, which gives the ability to project power anywhere in the world.

Most importantly, it is the Navy’s unparalleled fleet of aircraft carriers.

The U.S. has 19 aircraft carriers, compared to the rest of the world’s 12 aircraft carriers combined. The U.S. carriers are also larger and more technically advanced than any others.

China’s sole carrier, for instance, is a retrofitted Ukrainian carrier from the Soviet Union that was originally supposed to be an off-shore casino.

Our friends at GlobalSecurity.org created a chart that captures not just the scope, but the size of the U.S. aircraft carriers in comparison to the rest of the world. It’s pretty stark:

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/magnitude-of-us-naval-dominance-2013-11#ixzz2koiNPf6t

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