Are Drones The Future For Aircraft Carriers?

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), 2013. Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis (U.S. Navy)

Kyle Mizokami, FoxTrot Alpha: Is the Age of the Aircraft Carrier at an End? Thanks to Drones, Maybe Not

Last week, the Pentagon was abuzz with the news that the U.S. Navy had offered up a sacred cow: the early retirement of an aircraft carrier as a way to save money. The loss of the USS Truman would cut America’s carrier fleet down to 10 flat-tops, violate federal law, and stir howls of protest from Congress. Does this mean the carrier is no longer at the top of the heap, naval power-wise? Is the concept of the aircraft carrier itself as a viable weapon system headed for the chopping block?

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WNU Editor: You do not need a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier to carry drones and aircraft. I personally believe there is a future in aircraft carriers, but smaller ones.

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