Hitherto, I thought it was just us that produced the likes of floating (just!), multi-zillion aircraft carriers without any aircraft, or the equivalent there-of. Today I am cheered to read that the 'cousins', as so often in other areas, have done even better and, needless to say, even more expensively by producing a $12 billion aircraft carrier with a propulsion system that, er, doesn't propel. Obviously, someone is to blame and personally I point the finger at 'JK' who may have been under the influence of Mr. Barney Magroo!
Of course, both these aircraft carrier mishaps raise a question in my simple, Corporal's head, are aircraft carriers worth anything at all today? You might say in reply that of course they must be useful because the admirals say so. However, I would remind you that the British admirals of the pre-WWI era, except one of them, Admiral Fisher, resisted the construction of behemoth battleships which Fisher pushed through and which saved our bacon at the battle of Jutland. Needless to say, 'yuuuuuuuge' battleships became, so to speak, 'the flavour of the month' in the approach to WWII, especially within the Japanese navy which was 'A Good Thing' because the American carriers sank most of them!
I have raised this question before without receiving any persuasive answers but I still wonder, in this age of electronic warfare, just how useful will aircraft carriers be against foes armed with the latest laser beams and electronic energy 'bombs' that will close down communications?