Quad Countries to Operate USS Kitty Hawk?
An intriguing proposal via Defpro.com as suggested by US historian Jason Verdugo:
China’s secret construction of six aircraft-carriers is now out in the open and its aggressive expansion is scaring its neighbours. The only country that can theoretically contain it is the US, but under Obama and waning domestic support in the US for solitary military campaigns, especially against a powerful enemy, support is quickly fading so they cannot be expected to intervene.
The Austral-Asian region, therefore, needs to strengthen up in groups like IONS. It needs to leave behind its history, its differences and come up with creative solutions. One such suggestion is that the Quadrilateral (Quad) Initiative countries (Australia, Japan, India and the US) should band together and operate the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk that the US decommissioned in January 2009. If China’s growth is really peaceful as it claims, then it should feel no threat because getting four diverse countries to agree on a particular course of action will be inherently difficult.
My own suggestion if India and the other states are concerned over China’s mythical carriers: build more submarines! But still an intriguing idea, and certainly the Kitty Hawk is no older than the ex-WW 2 British carriers the Indians operate. Still, it seems a single carrier would hardly be enough, so why not send them the newly retired USS John F Kennedy as well? What think you, readers?