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More Than the Navy’s Numbers Could Be Sinking
Time ^ | December 4, 2012 | Winslow Wheeler

Posted on 12/04/2012 4:22:09 PM PST by JerseyanExile

Second of three articles

The shrinking size of the fleet is just one variable in considering its adequacy: the ability to perform assigned missions, especially after withstanding whatever threats may exist, is a far better measure than mere numbers.

As described by the Congressional Research Service, a core mission is to influence “events ashore by countering both land- and sea-based military forces of potential regional threats…including improved Chinese military forces and non-state terrorist organizations.”

This is similar to the mission described by former defense secretary Robert Gates: “to enhance…overall posture and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region” with “numbers, speed, and agility to operate in shallow waters.”

Whether or not these sentiments are only passing conventional wisdom or profound insight, they represent the current mission. Unfortunately, it is precisely those areas of operation where the mismatch between capabilities and threats is most disconcerting.

The Diesel-Electric Submarine Threat

To put it simply, if naval exercises in the last two decades involving foreign diesel-electric submarines had been actual combat, most if not all, U.S. aircraft carriers would be at the bottom of the ocean: as many as 10 U.S. aircraft carriers have been reported “sunk” in these exercises...

(Excerpt) Read more at nation.time.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nationaldefense; navy; usnavy

1 posted on 12/04/2012 4:22:12 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Just about every day, I get the impression we are sleep-walking into a buzz saw.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Remember the USS John P Murtha (spitooee), LPD-26, coming on line eventually. That’ll fix ‘em. What a ship to command, eh? Imagine, all the rates will have to wear that curse on their shoulders.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 4:47:11 PM PST by onedoug
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To: DoughtyOne
Just about every day, I get the impression we are sleep-walking into a buzz saw.

I think we're being frog marched into one.

4 posted on 12/04/2012 5:17:02 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: JerseyanExile

Bump for later


5 posted on 12/04/2012 5:23:25 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Yeah, I know what you mean.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 5:38:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Just as Obama’s re-election will show us what Jimmy Carter’s second term might have been, our adversaries will show the Navy what Dec 7th 1941 might have been, had the carriers been in port.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 6:11:10 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: JerseyanExile

There are two kinds of ships, Submarines & Targets.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 6:26:11 PM PST by encm(ss)
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