Originally posted by firepilot
Things like hits and sinking, are not a random dice event. One of those hitting, would in all likelyhood not sink a carrier. They are designed to be
extremely hard to sink and to absorb a lot of damage. The USS America was used as a study in that when they took it out to the ocean and hit it until
it sunk, to see what it could take.
One big use of missiles like that, is a launch of those could really disrupt flight operations, especially launching or recovering of aircraft.
I don't know what, if anything, we learned from the demise of USS America ; the reports are confidential. All we know is that the ship was subject to
simulated torpedo & missile attack by means of carefully placed explosives. That the ship had to be scuttled after those attacks ... and that the ship
lies on the seafloor in one piece ... suggests that class of ship can take considerable punishment. How relevant that is to the later generation of
CVN's, well, that really isn't clear.
Or that's what they would have you believe ... the Navy, I mean, the one's who love these ships. They're hardly going to release any information
which would suggest these ships can't take a pounding, are they ? Course not, there's major $$$ involved.
There's a huge difference between attacking an empty husk of a ship and one crewed with up to 5,000 men, with aircraft, with aviation fuel,
ammunition, nuclear reactors & weapons. We're told USS America lies in one piece. So I guess her back didn't break in the simulated torpedo attack,
But there would be sufficient damage to machinery in a real attack as to leave that ship a sitting duck. A warship built only a generation before USS
America, the Tirpitz (arguably a more robust design, being a battleship), was left severely damaged in a British sneak submarine attack ... so badly
so that it spent the rest of the war in the Norwegian fjiords, scarcely capable of getting underway. And that's a ship with no modern, complex
systems. You just can't expect a ship of that size to be lifted tens of feet within a second by an underwater explosion and not be crippled.
Factor in the unpredictable, a severe reactor leak/shutdown, ammunition explosions etc ... combined with 5,000 souls on board ... and you'll have the
rest of your carrier battle group tied up trying to save the carrier. It'll have been taken out of the game just by one torpedo. Or a couple of lucky
anti ship missiles.
That's why I think the USS America results were never published. Because they'll reveal how vulnerable these ships really are & what a folly it is
in the modern age to to base your entire surface fleet operations around them.