posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 01:18 PM
The Iowa BB's, while beautiful awe-inspiring ships, are obsolete and insanely expensive to operate. The "killing Marines" spin is a new angle on
the story, but the truth is that almost noone in the military wants to put them back into active service. It's not just Congress, but the DoD and the
Navy that have retired them.
As for fire support, that's the primary purpose of the DDX destroyer, which will be able to provide it much further inland than the BB's could.
Bringing Iraq into the equation is silly, how much of Iraq is within 20nm (the 16" guns' max range) of the ocean?
If sentiment had anything to do with it, I'd love to see the BB's back in service. I got to see USS New Jersey (the Japanese called her the Black
Dragon) pulling out of port when I was visiting the Arizona memorial back in the late '80s. Truly a sight I'll never forget.
But it's not WW2 anymore, and the money spent operating a huge manpower-intensive ship like a WW2 BB could save a lot more lives if they were spent
elsewhere. Like replacing the creaky old CH-46's, which have been killing Marines at a rate any enemy would envy.