posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 06:00 PM
Originally posted by randomname
a modern u.s. aircraft carrier is a floating iron city, nothing short of a direct nuclear strike or a bunker buster could sink it.
but on the flip side, its main strength is also its biggest weakness. a direct hit on the deck with a conventional anti-ship missile would destroy
the runway and the catapult system rendering it's biggest assets, the fighter planes, useless and taking it out of the battle for weeks until
to combat that, the range of the fighter jets has to be greater than the range of the anti-ship cruise missile.
edit on 23-10-2012 by
randomname because: (no reason given)
Which is exactly how the Russians and Chinese would attack us, by flying cruise missile armed TU-22s and 160s and fire from a very long range.
Previously the F-14 was armed with the long range Phoenix air-to-air missile to combat this, but both the plane and the missile are no longer in
service with the US Navy,
A lot of people have been using the word Battleship in reference not to the quote but to the actual type of ship. The US Navy currently has Zero
I am with Romney on this one, not only because of Obamas line(Ask a Marine or Infantryman if he would ever willingly goto battle without a blade,
bayonet or a knife) but because Romney is closer to the truth. Sure we do not need as many ships as we did 100, 50 or even 25 years ago, but the truth
is this: Much of what we do have is aging fast, and there are gaps that will appear until new models are ready for service, this will occur in Naval
Aviation, in our Sub fleet and possibly other areas. People always ask whether we absolutely need such a large military. The reason we keep such an
overwhelming force is to ensure that wars are short lived with minimal loss of blood and equipment. Sadly, they say people are always fighting the
last war... Our forces were not equipped for long term actions as occupying and police forces and it is now trendy to question the value of technology
that does not help the current war effort. But this current war is soon to be the last war, and it would be a costly mistake to assume we will only be
fighting against terrorists and insurgents in the future.