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SCS ships have difficulty defending themselves — they cannot support the types of aircraft necessary to survive and project power at sea against near-peer competitors. Fine for showing the flag and humanitarian mission, but in this case, helicopter carrier woiuld be more appropriate. In McCain’s recent white paper, he opines that the US should begin to replace less capable LHAs with small CVs, presumably large enough to embark AEW and refueler aircraft. This might be the proper balance, alternating buys between CVNs and CVs.

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