Monday, August 31, 2015

Is Now The Time To Bring Back The Battleship?

Robert Farley, National Interest: Is It Time to Bring Back the Battleships?

What if America had a true successor to the classic battleship, designed to both deal out and absorb punishment?

Is it time to bring back the battleship?

For decades, naval architects have concentrated on building ships that, by the standards of the World Wars, are remarkably brittle. These ships can deal punishment at much greater ranges than their early 20th century counterparts, but they can’t take a hit. Is it time to reconsider this strategy, and once again build protected ships? This article examines how these trends came about, and what might change in the future.

WNU Editor: I think the obstacle to building these ships in today's environment is cost. To say that each one would cost billions of dollars is an probably an understatement.

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