The US media said that the Maomao Island purchased by the Japanese government and provided to the US military for carrier-based aircraft training may become the “unsinkable aircraft carrier” in the United States.
The CNN website reported on December 6 that Maomao Island, a volcanic rock with an area of 3 square miles (about 7.8 square kilometers), might one day be regarded as “the US Navy’s” war in the event of a war in Asia ” Do not sink aircraft carrier. “
The Japanese government recently announced that it is buying Mamo Island, an unmanned island that emerges 21 miles (34 kilometers) from Kyushu Island, Japan’s southernmost tip.
The report states that most of the island is owned by a private development company in Tokyo. The island is uninhabited, with only two unpaved intersecting runways abandoned by previous developments.
The report quoted the Japanese government as saying that Japan will pave the runway for use by the US Navy and Marine Corps to conduct simulated aircraft carrier take-off and landing training. But the deal still needs to be finalized, so the Japanese government did not provide a time frame for possible completion.
The report believes that once the appropriate facilities are completed, the island may also become a permanent base for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
In announcing the transaction, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takayuki Takayoshi said: “Purchasing the island of Mamo is extremely important and will help strengthen the Japan-US alliance’s deterrent and Japan’s defense capabilities.”
US military officials in Japan said they could not comment on Japan’s purchase of the island.
It is reported that permanent land bases are considered more important than aircraft carriers because they can withstand high-intensity attacks. In theory, a missile or torpedo can destroy an aircraft carrier. Compared to a war machine like an aircraft carrier, land bases can be repaired faster if they are damaged in a war.