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I didn't mean that it was a shared tech just that both have the tech in various forms

so in your considered opinion are aircraft carriers now just expensive targets or still viable?
A single Aircraft Carrier is just a big target. So are a number of them operated poorly.

When the US Military decided to use our Carriers to support the GWOT, we possitioned four of them in the Persian Gulf, and two more in the Red Sea. I suspect we also had 6 or 8 Submarines, and a combined fleet of screening vessels protecting them.

Through history, only three countries have ever opperated aircraft carriers with any level of success. Britian used them through WW2 and still opperates them today, Japan was very good at using them in WW2, and the United States learned rapidly by conflict with Japan and ultimately outbuilt and outfought them.
 

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US carriers haven't used steam in a long time, they've been electro magnetic, the chicoms have been trying to copy it, it's taken them several years without good results. We'll see if they've actually got the bug worked out.... You're behind on your info, that was in print several years ago.
The Ford class introduced the EM catapult system. The ten (10) older Nimitz class all still use steam. Since the last Nimitz class ship was built in 2006, they will continue to use steam for another 50 yrs.

List of Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and completion date

Nimitz CVN-68 May 1972
Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 October 1975
Carl Vinson CVN-70 March 1980
Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 October 1984
Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 February 1988
George Washington CVN-73 July 1990
John C. Stennis CVN-74 November 1993
Harry S. Truman CVN-75 September 1996
Ronald Reagan CVN-76 March 2001
George H.W. Bush CVN-77 October 2006
 
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