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. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/meet-helicopter-cruiser-half-aircraft-carrier-45482
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MEET THE HELICOPTER-CRUISER: THE HALF AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Starting in the 1960s, the world’s leading navies experimented with a new kind of warship. Heavily-armed and sporting huge flight decks for helicopters, the vessels were hybrids—not quite cruisers, not quite aircraft carriers. Ungainly and in many cases conceptually flawed, the helicopter cruisers nevertheless represented an important leap forward for naval technology. Today’s assault ships—arguably the most useful warships afloat—owe much to the helicopter cruisers that preceded them. READ MORE