...they carry strike fighters and reconnaissance planes whose range would be fairly short relative to bombers. In that capacity, in-flight refueling is not used to lengthen range so much as it to keep planes over the area of operation longer. In a war with the U.S., enemy carriers would be incinerated as soon as possible, but in a war that is limited to China and Japan or China and India (who is also building them), they can play a very important role in raiding commerce, attacking coastal bases, suppressing enemy air attacks, hunting submarines, and destroying an opposing fleet on the high seas. When used as a helicopter carrier, they are able to land thousands of marines on enemy beaches very rapidly and they also hunt for submarines. Their biggest drawbacks are their cost and their vulnerability.
Cuimhnigh orm, a Dhia, le haghaidh maith.