China Said to Be Planning a Fleet of 4 Aircraft Carriers
The planned Chinese fleet of four carriers compares to a U.S. total of 12, five of which are stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
A report Wednesday on Defense Tech, an authoritative military blog, said a Chinese party official made the comment, which was picked up by Chinese and other Asian media. The party official's comment was l ater deleted from official Chinese media.
The Chinese unveiled their first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2011 and have started construction of a second carrier.
The U.S. has 10 active carriers, one being outfitted and one under construction. Five are based in the Pacific, including two at North Island, two at Bremerton, WA, and one forward deployed in Japan.
U.S. carriers are considerably larger than their Chinese counterpart, displacing 97,000 tons versus 60,000 tons.