clkeagle: Wow, good thing. I couldn't sleep at night, just knowing we didn't have enough aircraft carriers to provide for the defense of this country.[img.fark.net image 554x677]
Of the 12 US carriers shown 3 are no longer in service-USS Kitty Hawk, USS JFK and USS Enterprise.
It shows 12 American Amphibious Assaults Ships as aircraft carriers. Of those all the LHAs USS Tarawa, USS NAssau and USS Saipan are out of service
Yes he remaining LHAs/LHDs can carry AV-8 Harriers but let us consider a few things. The Harrier is no longer in productions and may not last out the decade. . The USMC only has about 130 Harriers so even if they were all deployable along withe all the amphibs that would make only 14 Harriers per ship.If many have their way and the F-35 is canceled that means no replacements for the Harriers and those 12 Amphibs are nothing more than Helicopter carriers in terms of air power as many fo the socalled foreign aircraft carriers on your cute little chart.
Now let look at the remaining US carriers status: Two of those are unavailable for 3 to 3.5 years as they are undergoing a refueling and overhaul. Two of the LHDs are also unavailable for 9-18 months for overhaul.
BravadoGT: Before you start thinking these things are juggernauts--remember, we don't even know whether we can defend them against China's "carrier-killers"...And one day--we may have to.
With President Stern Lanternjaw hospitalized while receiving treatment for the Super-AIDS virus that the Russo-Japanese alliance had infected him with, Acting President Snidely von Liberal was sitting in the Oval Office when the COMSECDEFFLTPAC brought him news that the Chinese People's Army Navy had destroyed the USS Nimitz with a carrier-killer missile."Mr. 'President,'" the COMSECDEFFLTPAC spat, hating the taste of the word in his mouth, "this is an act of naked aggression. It is war, sir, and we must retaliate with all we have, immediately.""But, but... a carrier-killer uses conventional explosives!" von Liberal wailed, as tears ran down his blubbery face. "We've drawn a line around use of WMDs, but we never said they couldn't blow up our ships with regular weapons! If we retaliate, I'll be humiliated at U.N. cocktail parties!"
cptjeff: itsaidwhat: You'd think the "goal" would be less explosions, fireballs, death, destruction and general mayhem on deck during landings. But what do I know about programming software.They've already got that down pretty low, so now they're going for less wear and tear. The launch and recovery system on that ship is also built to accommodate drones- right now, the steam catapults on our other carriers would tear them apart, but the electromagnetic ones can be programmed to however much force you need. And the software controlled arresting gear is kinda important for drones as well.It's a substantial upgrade on the Nimitz class, and better configured to modern warfare. This thing is planned to stay in service for about 60 years, they need to plan ahead. Can't keep building Nimitzes. Also, aircraft carriers are about projecting power, which is why we have so many. A US Aircraft carrier parked near the South China Sea ensures that the various parties in the South China Sea don't start lobbing missiles at each other. Which would probably have already happened if the US wasn't there.The world cop bit gets a bad rap because we've used it as an excuse to invade small nations on a few occasions. But somebody has to walk the beat, and right now it's us. It would be great if international tensions didn't exist and we all got along. Someday, we may be there. The overall trend of World History makes me think that we will. But just like in policing, you need to be there if anything starts going wrong, and people need to know you're there if things start going wrong. Should it just be the US? Hell no. Other nations need to chip in, and that's been a long term effort in US Diplomacy, and it's paying off. Several European nations are ramping up their military spending so they can help out. Japan is taking on additional responsibilities for that region. Which might be a bit of a fox guarding the henhouse deal considering their interests in the region, but we trust them. But it ...
ZAZ: BolshyGreatYarblocksFord saw combat on a carrier, so he got a carrier. Carter served on a sub, so he got a sub. FDR was assistant secretary of the Navy, so he got an assistant surface vessel.Actually CV-42 was named after FDR. It was decommissioned. Get over it.
BravadoGT: Fuggin Bizzy: sefert: What does LGT stand for? Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual? Is this another one of them liberal groups?"Link Goes To"Our military is too goddamn big. This is a machine that will ultimately end up killing people in the name of protecting and extending US hegemony. It represents, in the final sense...Still...military hardware is cool. Especially super-carriers./So conflicted.Before you start thinking these things are juggernauts--remember, we don't even know whether we can defend them against China's "carrier-killers"...And one day--we may have to.
HMS_Blinkin: Yeah, not watching Cheney and Rumsfeld. F*ck those assholes.
sefert: What does LGT stand for? Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual? Is this another one of them liberal groups?
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