Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work

  • Published: 26 December 2018
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington and Jorrit van Ginnkel (
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

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Comments • 8 678

  • ArkaSEN1151
    ArkaSEN1151  9 hours back


    • Sosuke S
      Sosuke S  11 hours back

      at 7:46 that always makes me laugh

      • Ant
        Ant  2 days back

        Where is London City Airport, I missed that

        • Guillermo Arroyo Gómez

          What about the spanish aircraft carrier “Juan Carlos I (L-61)”, why you did not count it?

          • Whoever Whoever
            Whoever Whoever  3 days back

            It must be cool the be the captain, the boss on the ship.

            • Hircine
              Hircine  3 days back

              easy targets for supersonic missiles. this is 2019, 2020 in few weeks...not 1950s

              • ラスマスKeiwaM
                ラスマスKeiwaM  9 hours back

                @Hircine You haven't seen the Phalanx work then lol. They've been proven to have immense accuracy and yes, it can take down incoming missiles. No problem.

              • Hircine
                Hircine  18 hours back

                @ラスマスKeiwaM thats just paper talks about how these systems work, but in reality they won't and the missiles will hit.

              • ラスマスKeiwaM
                ラスマスKeiwaM  19 hours back

                @Hircine Don't need to intercept them. Just needs to shoot them down. The Phalanx has advanced radar that can easily track it's path and shoot ahead of it. It's not a very big challenge.
                Aside from that, there is no such thing as Supersonic missiles. There is Hypersonic weapons, but even those can be shot down.

              • Hircine
                Hircine  19 hours back

                @ラスマスKeiwaM supersonic speed missiles cannot be intercepted and 2 of those are for sure more than enough to score a direct hit.

              • ラスマスKeiwaM
                ラスマスKeiwaM  1 days back

                2 Missile Destroyers + Aircraft carriers are equipped with at least one Phalanx CIWS. This fires 3,000 Rounds per minute, or 50 rounds per second of special APDS shells that explodes on impact. If they go to a danger zone, even more ships will be deployed in it's defense. So no, not an easy target, unless you want to overwhelm it, in which case you'll likely blow your entire arsenal before you score a fatal hit.

            • Junaid bhatti
              Junaid bhatti  3 days back

              what is US doing is south china sea. ohh yes, they are "peace keepers".

              • Golden 47
                Golden 47  4 days back

                And it will only take one RPG to take this whole city on water down the water hole

              • Diptesh Rai
                Diptesh Rai  4 days back

                7:56 naruto

                • Laura Olson
                  Laura Olson  4 days back

                  If sign is false, then door 2 is safe, so both doors are safe.

                  • American Made
                    American Made  20 hours back

                    Both could be deadly. From this video there is no assurance that there is a safe door. If door 1 is deadly nothing says door 2 is safe.

                • El Ricko Jãmes
                  El Ricko Jãmes  5 days back

                  Thailand has an aircraft carrier? That is so random..

                  • XYZ Ratz
                    XYZ Ratz  6 days back

                    We need a carrier named LiL Homie

                    • le Hoarderz Al-Shekelsteins

                      virgin vtol attack aircraft british navy
                      -sub sonic
                      -could carry some bombs
                      -cannot dogfight
                      -poor radar
                      -NUCLEAR ARMED
                      -CAN TAKE DOWN SEVERAL FLANKERS
                      -ENGAGE BVR FIGHTS

                      • ラスマスKeiwaM
                        ラスマスKeiwaM  1 days back

                        vtols are far more effective at takeoff and launch than the steam launch is.. so ehm. Only downside is that VTOL planes are not as good as planes that can be launched. The F35 is terrible compared to the F22 or even a normal F-16C

                    • Troy Do
                      Troy Do  7 days back

                      Can you sink it by punching a hole here ???

                      • American Made
                        American Made  22 hours back

                        Anything on the water will sink if you punch a big enough/deep enough hole somewhere. What's your point? No one calls ships unsinkable anymore--not since that silly bit of hype back in 1912. (Not to mention Britain's stubborn reuse of "HMS Invincible".)

                    • H U S K Y
                      H U S K Y  1 weeks back

                      7:49 Looks kind of like a jojo pose not gonna lie.

                      • AsianManChad
                        AsianManChad  1 weeks back

                        It looks like it bouta tip over on one side

                        • anonomys pizza
                          anonomys pizza  1 weeks back

                          Door 1 is deadly and door 2 is safe

                          • Rich
                            Rich  1 weeks back

                            You have to assume that both doors are dangerous.

                            • J T
                              J T  1 weeks back

                              Without reading the comments, both doors must be deadly.
                              X = air
                              Y = water
                              If X does not == air, Y == air
                              That is not true. That's not true, because you know Y is water. That means both X and Y are water... deadly.
                              I'm a programmer, so thats my solution to the riddle. The if statement threw me off at first, but then I thought about it like I would write an if statement. We already know that one door is deadly, so if one door is not safe, both must be deadly. At least, that's my thought process.

                              • Staticon
                                Staticon  1 weeks back

                                of course this video left out the most powerful country in the world, Russia.

                                • P P
                                  P P  1 weeks back

                                  Superpower is USA always

                                  • Kevin Johnson
                                    Kevin Johnson  2 weeks back

                                    When I was in the military, I got to work on two different amphibious assault ships. They're basically small aircraft carriers.

                                    • corvettez06usa
                                      corvettez06usa  2 weeks back

                                      "These countries all have one or two. The USA has 11." Let freedom ring motherfuckers.

                                      • 이우현
                                        이우현  2 weeks back

                                        신라면 신기하네

                                        • Help me reach 420 Subscribers

                                          Rest of the world: battleships are the absolute peak of navel warfare nothing can ever surpass them!
                                          USA and their 11 ACCs: *_hippity hoppity the oceans are now my property._*

                                          • Malovent
                                            Malovent  2 weeks back

                                            These stupid junks destroyed the great battle ship Era rip

                                            • Gaurav Darshan
                                              Gaurav Darshan  2 weeks back

                                              India has 2 sir

                                              • American Made
                                                American Made  21 hours back

                                                Vikramaditya and what other? I haven't heard of a second.

                                            • Roy Cropper
                                              Roy Cropper  2 weeks back

                                              What is the point of them when I all I need are my big red buttons?

                                              • Ahmad Copeland
                                                Ahmad Copeland  2 weeks back

                                                Both doors are deadly
                                                But both doors are also safe

                                                • Alex GM
                                                  Alex GM  2 weeks back

                                                  The Argentine once won the war games

                                                  • Ian Whittal
                                                    Ian Whittal  2 weeks back

                                                    Those redshirt are gonna die lol

                                                    • PinBall Wizard
                                                      PinBall Wizard  2 weeks back

                                                      "Imagine needing a flat deck to Launch a plane"

                                                      -This post was posted by the ramp deck gang

                                                      • Klaus Mikaelson
                                                        Klaus Mikaelson  2 weeks back

                                                        WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

                                                        NOT stupid south china sea fuck

                                                        • Muura Sama
                                                          Muura Sama  2 weeks back

                                                          Can’t wait for Japan getting its own aircraft carrier

                                                          • Muura Sama
                                                            Muura Sama  17 hours back

                                                            @American Made are you making fun of the JMSDF?

                                                          • American Made
                                                            American Made  21 hours back

                                                            Japan has two, and is building more "helicopter destroyers", haha. Everyone--Japanese Diet, public, JMSDF--holding their noses and closing one eye.

                                                          • Muura Sama
                                                            Muura Sama  2 weeks back

                                                            @Sam Rolston yeah
                                                            they did
                                                            and they are making the Izumo class an fixed winged aircraft carrier so im happy

                                                          • Sam Rolston
                                                            Sam Rolston  2 weeks back

                                                            They used to have quite the force

                                                        • Kill-Logic
                                                          Kill-Logic  2 weeks back

                                                          Anyone who thinks Carriers are Not a asset in war is brain dead hence why we can have attack planes anywhere in the world in fastes time at any given time that alone is what makes carriers still relevent!'

                                                          • K. Day
                                                            K. Day  2 weeks back

                                                            I think it would be fun! Too bad I’m so old!

                                                            • Shi Bo
                                                              Shi Bo  2 weeks back

                                                              7:47 Is that sped up or is it just that dank of a dance?

                                                              • bivas chand
                                                                bivas chand  2 weeks back

                                                                Ans -1st door is safe and 2nd door is deadly🤟

                                                                • Akash Datta
                                                                  Akash Datta  2 weeks back

                                                                  We don't know if the Second door is safe

                                                                  • B Thomas
                                                                    B Thomas  3 weeks back

                                                                    great info.

                                                                    • Francesco Vismara
                                                                      Francesco Vismara  3 weeks back

                                                                      Italy is building the replacement for the older one

                                                                      • NiggaPleze123
                                                                        NiggaPleze123  3 weeks back

                                                                        Tell all of our secrets why don’t ya 🙄

                                                                        • pole23405 1
                                                                          pole23405 1  3 weeks back

                                                                          You forgot Australia

                                                                          • Trattore Trattore
                                                                            Trattore Trattore  3 weeks back

                                                                            You know that it's impossible that door 1 is safe and door 2 is deadly?

                                                                            • Trattore Trattore
                                                                              Trattore Trattore  3 weeks back

                                                                              Self correction:
                                                                              You know that door 1 is safe and door 2 is safe?

                                                                          • Justice Served
                                                                            Justice Served  3 weeks back

                                                                            If an enemy were to find out where the mail was going then they might theoretically be able to track where the ship would be heading to and therefore make an attack.

                                                                            • ラスマスKeiwaM
                                                                              ラスマスKeiwaM  1 days back

                                                                              Um... With modern day sattelite and radar, it's not a big surprise... It's not world war 2 anymore, an Aircraft Carrier's position is impossible to keep secret, especially with their entire convoy.

                                                                          • Subhomay Bhaskar
                                                                            Subhomay Bhaskar  3 weeks back

                                                                            8:59 but now the ship is stuck 😄

                                                                            • Heidi Murphy
                                                                              Heidi Murphy  3 weeks back

                                                                              ABC hides that way