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USS Enterprise CVN-65 Inactivated

tonto210

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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 4:26 am

Didn't know if you all had heard, but the USS Enterprise CVN-65, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrierand the 8th ship to bear the name, was inactivated on Dec 1, 2012.  According to the US Navy, it is not cost effective to turn the ship into a meusem, so the ship will be towed to Puget Sound and dismantled and scrapped by 2017. 


On a good note, the new USS Enterprise CVN-80 will enter service on or around 2025 and will be the 9th ship to bear the name. (10 if you include the space shuttle Enterprise)


Here is a link to the story.  http://news.yahoo.com/uss-enterprise-carrier-taken-active-211422506.html

Mitchz95

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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 9:28 am

The next one should have its registry changed to CVN-65-A.


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DS9TREK

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Report this Dec. 17 2012, 3:55 pm

Aircraft carriers are still a very important part of any navy. Without carriers power projection is impossible. For example if the Argies were somehow able to reconquer the Falklands, Britain would be unable to re-liberate them due to Blair scrapping our carriers. In the Falklands War the Argie air force would've wiped out the entire task force from the air if not for the protection of the Harriers carried by HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible.


Plus launching from a carrier is cheaper than from land. It cost less for the Italians to bomb Libya from their carrier than it did for the Brits from Italian airbases.

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Dec. 18 2012, 3:57 pm

Quote: DS9TREK @ Dec. 17 2012, 3:55 pm

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>Aircraft carriers are still a very important part of any navy. Without carriers power projection is impossible. For example if the Argies were somehow able to reconquer the Falklands, Britain would be unable to re-liberate them due to Blair scrapping our carriers. In the Falklands War the Argie air force would've wiped out the entire task force from the air if not for the protection of the Harriers carried by HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible.

>Plus launching from a carrier is cheaper than from land. It cost less for the Italians to bomb Libya from their carrier than it did for the Brits from Italian airbases.

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yep - air superiority is paramount, and since most of the Earth is covered by water and the majority of people lives very near the ocean..... aircraft carriers are essential.

DS9TREK

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Report this Dec. 18 2012, 4:06 pm

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>Aircraft carriers are still a very important part of any navy. Without carriers power projection is impossible. For example if the Argies were somehow able to reconquer the Falklands, Britain would be unable to re-liberate them due to Blair scrapping our carriers. In the Falklands War the Argie air force would've wiped out the entire task force from the air if not for the protection of the Harriers carried by HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible.

>Plus launching from a carrier is cheaper than from land. It cost less for the Italians to bomb Libya from their carrier than it did for the Brits from Italian airbases.

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Wrong.

Power can be projected with by sending cruisers, destroyers and the like, and by equipping them with a fleet of armed drones and with cruise missiles.


No I would be correct actually. And yes I did notice you didn't even try to use evidence to prove me wrong.


"Cruisers, destroyers and the like" can't match the capabilities of a carrier. Example: aircraft can be sent to intercept detected incoming threats before that threat reaches the fleet. With cruisers you have to sit there and wait for them to enter your missile range. All the while hoping the enemy only sends as many aircraft as you can shot down at any one time (trust me: they'll send more).


Also with a carrier you can be proactive. You can send fighters into enemy territory to take out runways and aircraft while they're vulnerable on the ground. With "cruisers, destroyers and the like" you sit there fighting off wave after wave of attack while praying they run out of planes before you run out of anti-aircraft missiles.


Another bonus from carriers is Combat Air Patrol (CAP). Unlike a ship, fighter aircraft can protect forces on the ground, the water and the air.

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