a reply to: one4all
The escorts are either in port with the carriers, or are at sea doing their own missions until they're rotated into a CSG. Pearl Harbor would have
happened no matter what. Everyone knew it couldn't be attacked by air, because the harbor was so shallow they couldn't use torpedoes, so they
couldn't get subs in, and air dropped torpedoes would bottom out as soon as they hit the water. It was believed that bombs alone wouldn't do enough
damage, despite Gen Mitchell proving that they could using a WWI German Battleship.
The ships at Pearl were always docked that way, because they didn't have enough dock space for the battleships to dock at the regular docks, as well
as the escorts. Dock space at Pearl is at a premium, so the larger ships, outside the carriers, were docked at Ford Island along Battleship Row, with
the battleships moored on the inside, and smaller ships outside them. They weren't put that way especially for December 7th, they were like that any
time they were in port. I've seen frigates and destroyers, which use the regular docks, lined up three and occasionally four deep. You couldn't dock
battleships in that area, because they're so big. Since the US wasn't involved in combat operations, they weren't at a higher ops tempo, so more
ships were in port than were at sea. The only reason the carriers were gone was because one was delivering planes to Wake Island, in preparation for
possible operations there, a second was training, and the third hadn't left the West Coast yet.
The current carrier dilema has been going on since 2014, without anything happening. This isn't something that just started happening last month,
it's been going on for years, and we're actually on the back side of it as far as the carriers go. Once they work out the problems with the Ford
class, and they start getting them rolling off the line, the problem with maintenance concerns will start to drop. They can start retiring the older
Nimitz class hulls, and have new hulls online.
Carriers will eventually become obsolete, but it doesn't happen quickly. The battleship didn't become obsolete nearly as quickly as history records
it. It began just after WWI, but the last new hulls were the Iowa class, which lasted until Desert Storm, and still had a mission even then, even
though it was limited. Carriers will have their uses for decades to come. If they weren't going to be useful for awhile there wouldn't be so much
new construction going on around the world, trying to build bigger carriers.
edit on 10/19/2019 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)