posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 05:17 AM
you go away for a week and look what happens!!!!!
Armour: Modern ships dont use it (beyond the high tensile steel they are made from) it makes the ships to stiff and vunerable to mines and torpedos.
They work on the principle that the best armour is to not get hit!
Defenses: all carriers have defences against attack if the planes are not available. most will have phalanx/goalkeeper type systems (usually 3 or
four spread around or just below the ships deck). Some also have missile systems. I think the nimitz has SM's aboard, and untill they were removed
in the last refits the invincible class each had a sea dart system installed in the bow, giving them the same offensive anti air power as a type 42
Planes: the current plans for the uk are to field the F35 from the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers, as they should (yeah right!!) be coming into
service at the same time. If the F35 arrives first they may yet fly from the invincible class. IN either case the F35 will be the STOVL variant as
our new carriers are being "fitted for but not with cataupalts" (posh way of saying they will leave space in the hull to fit them when we can afford
them and the planes that use them (one may be fitted sooner if the navy goes with a plane type AEW system eg E3). As a backup incase the F35 project
collapses, the Uk has studed if the eurofighter can be navalised, but nothing more than paerwork has ever been done about it.
Engines: if you want to see the power of non nuclear carriers, the invincible has 4 Rolls Royce Olympus engines, they are the same ones that powered
concorde (one powered a plane to mach 2, the other drives a 20,000dwt ship at 30+ knots).
Damage: yes carriers are extreamly vunerable, while they are unlikely to be sunk with anything short of a sustained missile, torpedo or air strike,
they can easily be put out of the game. Props and rudder stop the carrier moving into the wind fast enough to launch aircraft, missile strikes on the
lifts and cats stop further aircraft being launched, a bomb strike on the aft end would wreck the arrester gear so not planes could land, torpedo
floods the magazines, no more bombs available. There are many ways to take a carrier out without sinking it.
Modern wepons are not always designed to sink the boat (not always wanted), some modern missiles are designed to explode over the top of ships with
large fragmentation warheads, thereby shredding the radars and electrical equipment and making the ship blind, deaf and any easy target for further
oh and for the last time the Royal Navy has 4 carriers in service and two on order.
3 invincible class with harriers (for now)
1 Ocean class helicopter carrier (why the didnt just but a ski ramp on it i'll never know??????)
2 Queen Elizabeth class due in service 2012 and 2015 (more likely 2015 and 2018), building should start in the next 18-24 months.