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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Last Days of the Supercarrier??

I think not.

What in the world is this guy smoking? In a post over at The American Thinker, Mike Burleson declares that the resurgence of the diesel/electric submarine signals the end for the supercarrier. I kid you not. His logic is so full of erroneous thought that I can't believe somebody at AT didn't kill his post. He starts with:

The giant supercarrier may be entering its last days in the US Navy.

He supports this statement by pointing out that the Navy is retiring its last oil burner, the USS Kennedy (it's time, she's old). He then continues down his chosen path with:

This is coming at a time when the big ships are mostly left out of the War on Terror. Al Qaeda has no navy to speak of; the only warships seeing action are patrol ships and frigates hunting pirates in coastal waters.

Really, Mike? Cruise missiles come from what launch platform? Bombs on target and close air support for the troops on the ground are no longer needed? But wait, there's more:

The increasing menace from comparatively low-cost submarines threatens the behemoths. Once just a threat to merchant vessels, the U-boats of the 21st century have become a direct challenge to the old order at sea.

I must have missed the fact that diesel/electric boats were not a threat to the Carrier Battle Group. I distinctly remember having to locate, track, and attack (in the simulator) those sneaky little bastards in order to graduate from the S-3B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VS-41. (V = fixed wing, S = anti-submarine) Yes, diesel boats are very quiet when running submerged on batteries but they still make noise and they are detectable. Rest assured the Navy is not about to give up its mobile bird farms because a few of the bullies have purchased diesel boats.

For a good laugh read the whole article.

Maybe the Navy will keep the Viking to go out and pound these guys.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every ten years or so, ever since the "revolt of the admirals," at least, some original thinker comes to the conclusion that the days of aircraft carriers are coming to a close.

Hey, at least it got him published!



3/29/2006 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks a diesel electric sub is going to doom the CVN is only hearing that SSKs are quiet. What they forget is that they are pretty much imobile also. They only have a real chance of catching a carrier in confined waters like the Strait of Hormuz. Given that the US knows pretty well where to look, they can flood those areas with ASW assets and have a very good chance of detecting the sub long before he is in any position to prosecute an attack on a CVN. Even Tom Clancy was able to describe this in his book "Carrier".

4/06/2006 10:10 AM  

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