posted on Mar, 15 2006 @ 01:39 AM
My apologies for not getting back to you on your post of 16-1-06. I have not returned to this thread till tonight.
Your question on that date concering whether Aircraft Carriers are obselete. No they are not obselete. They may be vulnurable but not obselete.
Carriers like other ships working together in a fleet configuration are a method nations use to protect thier trade routes or simply trade.
Economics..including foreign trade...raw materials and finished products can be the life blood of many nations in a industrial world. Having a Navy is
the method historically many nations have protected thier trade or alliances in trade with other nations.
I do believe that in the future more unmanned vehicles will be operating from Aircraft carriers verses manned aircraft. I believe this is the wave
of the future. It still has a ways to go before it will be perfected but it will be perfected. THere are already working systems for landing and
taking off aircraft from carriers completely hands off. Mission profiles can and have been done automatically..electronically..from take off to
weapons release. This too is not new.
As to the other part of your post. No I have never been in the Navy or a sailor. I am a shipyard worker. A machinist. I was in the military briefly
but not in the navy. I have worked on aircraft carriers and submarines both ..also cruisers and commercial work..tankers , container ships and ocean
liners. THat is how I know certain things about ships by looking at them and comparing to my experience/knowlege.
Also the poster who mentioned the holes in the decks in the pictures posted. It is difficult to clearly determine if they are holes cut into the
decks or cargo ...equipment stacked up on the deck.
It is not unusual for holes to be cut into the decks of ships to take on large machinery ..or off load large machinery for repair or even
reinstallation. Once the equipment is reinstalled back into place the decks are welded back into place.
Though the pictures are very grainy...what I did not notice which makes me think this is equipment stacked on the deck rather than holes cut in the
deck ....is the abscence of what would be handrails...and or wiring strung along deck posts temporarily welded around a hole cut into the deck. This
is temporary safety boundrys put up to prevent people from falling through..something always done by smart shipyards to prevent injury of experienced
personel. IN most carriers the level below the fight deck is the hanger deck. To fall through is a long plunge...most likely lethal.
Usually on a ship like this ...holes are cut through the hanger deck to access spaces down below this hanger deck level..not in the flight deck per
se. the hanger decks below are large enough to accomodate fork lifts ..Grove type cranes..etc...and these lift up machinery through holes cut and
then in to the hanger decks where the machinery is moved to a elevator then off ship by pier side cranes.
Thanks for some intresting posts Gentlemen,