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MarkOttawa said:Now the USN's Chief on Naval Operations talks about what might amount to a revolution in naval affairs:
And, to repeat, meanwhile there's that revolution in Marine affairs:
Start and end of a post on Pentagon's re-assessing role/future of carriers:
US Navy’s Supercarriers (CVN) Slowly to Go the Way of the Battleship (BB)?
Further to this post,
End of the Line Coming for the US Navy’s Supercarriers as they Face the dragon’s Ever-Longer Fiery Breath?
one has to wonder again about their utility in war with China or Russia, however useful (but maddingly costly) they may be for showing the flag–once known as gunboat diplomacy–and taking on much lesser powers such at Iraq. The US Department of Defense is now taking a fairly hard look at their future, and that of the USN’s surface fleet generally:
Defense Department study calls for cutting 2 of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers
The Navy is currently developing a family of unmanned surface vessels that are intended to increase the offensive punch for less money, while increasing the number of targets the Chinese military would have to locate in a fight…
One also wonders what high end surface combatants with surface-to-surface, anti-air/missiles and anti subs, are really for these days (other than to provide air and ASW defence to various types of carriers). I don’t think there has been a serious surface engagement between such ships since World War II, there really are not that many carriers to protect, and surely other surface vessels, manned or unmanned, could do a perfectly capable ASW job–cf. the Royal Navy’s Black Swan sloops in WW II.
As for the Marines:
https://mark3ds.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/us-navys-supercarriers-cvn-slowly-to-go-the-way-of-the-battleship-bb/Radically Re-Shaping US Marines to Take on China–e.g. no more Tanks