The U.S. Navy operates 11 large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that are the biggest warships ever built. They are often called “supercarriers” because of their lethality, survivability and versatility. Although they are the signature warfighting machines of the joint force, however, it is easy to lose sight of the special advantages supercarriers confer on America’s military. Among those advantages: a secure military base anywhere it’s needed; a multi-mission air force close to the action; a credible deterrent enemies can’t ignore; a uniquely versatile tool of diplomacy; and a visible symbol of America’s global reach and power. I have written a commentary for Forbes highlighting those advantages here.
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