Sunday, May 10, 2015

Smaller carriers? More bang for the buck?

Foxtrot Alpha has an interesting article on the possibility of the US Navy going away from an "all nuclear super carrier" force.   That is building a mix of Ford/Nimitz class vessels and smaller Queen Elizabeth-ish  class ships.

It's an interesting idea,  as the US Navy doesn't have anything between the Nimitz and the Wasp/America class.   And there could be many situations where one needs a flattop but doesn't quite need the full "Alpha Strike" or multi-mission capability of a Nimitz.  Especially with the increase of precision weapons in the last few decades.

And having more flattops would increase flexibility.   Especially given that a given number will be in dock for maintenance.

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