One point that we always keep in mind is that China first has to learn to operate the one aircraft carrier that they have before it can be effectively deployed or before they can build their intended fleet of air craft carriers. Carrier "battles" tend to be conducted by their air wings. No one has the combat experience or training system that the U.S. air wings have. When you are being pressured by the Wizard of OZ it pays to look behind the curtain.
Editor's Note 1/3/2015 We've now had over a year and half of observation of China's progress in learning to operate their one carrier. Frankly while progress has been visible it has not been extensive or rapid. Their one carrier is presently far from combat ready in terms of any real carrier on carrier engagements with experienced operators. Even if China rushes the numbers game by bringing more carriers on line before being truly ready to operate them effectively we feel they are years away from being remotely capable of their intended goal of pushing the U.S. Pacific Fleet back to Pearl Harbor. The greatest danger to the capabilities of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the near term is the Congress of the United States and the White House where honorable discharges and any real knowledge of our national defense needs are scarce as hen's teeth. What's important here at the moment isn't the daily progress of the Chinese at either carrier operational capability, or carrier building, but the daily shrinkage of the U.S. Navy at the hands of our own incompetent or worse government.
Published April 24, 2013
BEIJING – A top navy commander says China plans to operate more aircraft carriers in the future that will be even larger and carry more aircraft than the initial one launched last year.