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    Aircraft Carriers

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    Does Japan Need an Aircraft Carrier?

    Jeffrey W. Hornung

    Oct 5, 2018

    Defense One

    Japan has not possessed an aircraft carrier in more than 70 years. But that may soon change as the Japanese government is debating retrofitting a class of destroyers to turn them into aircraft carriers. Considering both operational needs and resources limitations, does an aircraft carrier for Japan make sense?

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