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Check out the wikipedia page: Only seven navies have aircraft carriers and all but the US have only one of them.
Still, that's a LOT of years to make something like that.
Don't they have better things to do? (Not that I'm advocating more naval combat or anything).
Whenever I see aircraft carriers in films I always assume it's some kind of big special effect, never crossed my mind that they must be real life operational war machines.
If aircraft carriers could talk. 'Ah jeez, I just feel like I'm being used y'know? Bruckheimer comes along, and... and I just like I'm being exploited. I should be keeping peace off the coast of Somalia, not a pawn of Hollywood propaganda. I don't want to be a neo-con's wet dream, I'm better than this!'
Aircraft carriers are neurotic jews.
was going to try and knock one up during the downtime between Saturday Kitchen and Football Focus. Probably won't bother now.
I was in Perth a few years ago when a Nimitz class pulled in. It was genuinely awe-inspiring and as close to an alien mothership landing as you can get.
Unfortunately it then unleashed its foul cargo all over Perth for the next three days.
I don't understand why they haven't gone under
It was just a poor joke on my part.
just tell me how long it takes to build them
But in our strapped-for-cash days it's going to be more like 19 years.
Have you ever been on any kind of warship? They're amazing. Now submarines are amazing too, they must take ages too (i think there was a documentary showing BAE systems making one last year). Been on a nuclear submarine when I was younger - great day.
They’re not far short of combining a space shuttle/rocket with a nuclear power station in terms of complexity.
I'm not like you: I don't get up in the morning and think, "Wow, in't Aircraft Carriers BRILLIANT?!"
Anyway, it's not that I hadn't presumed them complex, just that I hadn't realised we'd not found ways to make them more quickly. 7-10 years seems like an incredibly long time to make things in these high-speed manufacturing days...
not to mention money and the government (quite rightly) not throwing all the money straight into the building of it. I'm sure the funding would come in parts wouldn't it?
From the sounds of things it's probably just that it takes that long to put the thing together, though clearly the retardation on our new replacements is more about money being trickled.