Posted by: 1of10boyz | January 29, 2013

My naval experience is in the 600 ship US Navy period. The capability of our current ships are certainly greater than anything but the latest versions of the old navy. The main point is that capable ship can only be in one place. Even our older ships and boats (a submarine is a boat not a ship) were good enough to do work in the South China Sea, Yellow Sea, and Sea of O. Sadly the cost to maintain and operate those ships was determined to be too expensive in an era of sand warfare and mountain fighting. We will likely regret that decision in our future.

China Daily Mail

Though we have fewer ships than we did in 1916…we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater…. The question is not a game of battleship, where we’re counting ships. It’s what are our capabilities. – President Barack Obama

Yes, the army’s horses have been superseded by tanks and helicopters, and its bayonets rendered mainly ceremonial by armour and long-range automatic fires.

What precisely has superseded ships in the navy?

The US commander-in-chief has arrived at the epiphany that the ships of today could beat the hell out of those of 1916. To which one could say, like Neil Kinnock, “I know that, Prime Minister,” and go on to add that we must configure the navy to face not the dreadnoughts of 1916 but “things called…

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