- Oct 22, 2017
Nuclear propulsion still gives edge over conventional.Range is still limited by food and fuel for aircrafts etc. Charles de Gaul is nuclear powered yet Wikipedia says it can only take 45 days of food.
Same goes for jet fuel , you can only store so much. That is why American carriers are over 100k ton as storing more fuel/ ammo is necessary for longer endurance.
Even then you need global port support for a carrier to have global operational capacity.
We have no such need now. Expense of nuclear carrier and maintenance then more expense when disposing the nuclear reactor at the end doesn't justify our use case of dominating only Indian Ocean.
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You can take more food, and ammo instead of carrying tons of fuel in case of nuclear aircraft carriers...