Been skimming through this thread and noticed some things:
Mention of the US Navy still using Battleships:
There have been a few posts, so I say it again, being ex-Navy myself: the US Navy does not currently have any active BB's on duty. They have all been
mothballed since the 1990's.
While I do understand that many of YOU understand that the US Navy now is even more powerful than when I was in , there are some facts about naval
vessels that no mater how advanced they are, there are some things you still can not get away from, let me lay it out for you:
Maintenance and repair. Try to imagine if you will, having a car, and instead of getting the oil changed every 3,000 miles, replacing the tires,
getting those tires aligned, etc, etc, instead, how about you say "Screw it." and just drive the car until it collapses in a heap on the
Sound like a good idea? Ah....I thought not.
The US Navy doesn't think it's a good idea to do that to their ships and the equipment. That's why after a certain amount of time, and especially
after returning from being deployed for 6, 8 or 9 months, the ship normally ends up in the ship yards getting some very badly needed repairs and
maintenance done to them.
Yes, we perform prevenative maintenance on all the equipment, and effect repairs on things as best as we can, but in the end, at some point, your ship
is going to need the services of a ship yard.
The ocean, salt water, salt in the air, is highly corrosive. Even in today's modern navy, ask us sailors out there how much painting we do to try and
protect the metal on the ship.
Heavy seas is a......well I can't say that word on here.....let's just say it is friggin ROUGH. Ever suddenly go from walking along on the floor to
having the bulkhead become your walking surface?
Those heavy pitches and rolls put a heavy strain on the hull and super structure.
How long does a ship spend in the ship yards? Depends on what all needs to be done to it. On the average, you're looking at 4 to 6 months. Longer if
the ship is having it's weapon systems over hauled (new equipment, more advanced equipment, etc).
Once you are done in the yard, you're going to spend a few months doing sea trails to make sure all those repairs were done right. Don't want to
find out that they weren't when you're in the middle of the Atlantic, Pacific or a actual battle, do you now?
Okay, so sea trials went okay. Now what? Now for more training. Over half the crew will have been rotated to other duty stations, other ships, getting
out of the Navy, etc. New people are now on board and they have to learn how to do their jobs well, so off to GTMO or other places to do refresher
training, and learning how to fight the ship.
That takes a few more months. There there are all the weapons and engineering quals that have to be done and the ship has to pass.
Then, and only then (about a year and half, to 2 years since it's last deployment) is the ship ready to be deployed with a carrier group again.
What? You all thought that they just built the damn thing, slid it in the water, put some men on it and waved goodbye?
This isn't happening to just one ship at a time either people. It's happening to many ships at one time. They have to go through this, else you
stand a good chance of loosing that very expensive ship, with the very expensive weapons systems, and all those men onboard.
Do do we have enough ships to do all this?
That has been posted on here too. Right now the US Navy is under strain trying to keep up with the demands that our country makes of it. Sailors are
having to spend much less time at home....and also in training, which is just adding gasoline to the fire IMHO.....because they are having to spend
more time at sea.
Deployments for me were 6 months long, and I can tell you that not only was I glad to be home, so was my ship, with a lot of repairs needed.
Now they are having to spend sometimes 4 months more out there.....
So it would seem that if you want to shrink the Navy, you need to shrink our presence too. That's what the US Navy has been used for a hundred years
now when Teddy Roosevelt since the Great White Fleet out on a world tour: to give the USA a presence around the world.
If we need to be in places less, than yes, a smaller Navy can work just fine. But if not, you need to have enough ships that can be rotated out, so
that the ones that need to can come home and get the repairs, and the personnel the training they need.
And that has NOT changed, since yes, even Horses and Bayonets. Doesn't mater how advanced a ship's weapon system is......ships still break and wear
out, crews still need to rotate out and be trained.