How much does it cost to sink an aircraft carrier?



How much does it cost to sink an aircraft carrier? I ask because I have just read that the US is launching a new aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford (watch out, red China, Jerry Ford is coming to get you!) for the whopping cost of $13 billion dollars (not counting cost of supporting ships), with two more carriers, the John F. Kennedy and the USS Enterprise, coming in each for nearly that amount.

But our carriers could easily be sunk by missiles. Both the Chinese and the Iranians have versions of the C-802 anti-ship cruise missile

The C-802 is the export upgraded version of the Chinese anti-ship missile YJ-8...first unveiled in 1989 by the China Haiying Electro-Mechanical Technology Academy (CHETA), also known as the Third Academy. Due to the Yingji-82 missile's small radar reflectivity, low attack flight path (only five to seven meters above the sea surface) and strong anti-jamming capability of its guidance system, target ships have a very small chance of intercepting the missile.... The single shot hit probability of the Yingji-82 is unknown, though one unreferenced source claims it to be as high as 98%.The Yingji-82 can be launched from airplanes, surface ships, submarines and land-based vehicles.

I figure a dozen of these missiles should probably be sufficient. These missiles cannot be detected on radar, so ships are often reduced to relying on their Phalanx gun systems, automated machine guns mounted on the sides of ships for protection. A dozen or more cruise missiles flying at just above water level would easily be enough to overwhelm such systems. Aircraft carriers are effectively giant targets.

Back in the 1970's, before current technological advances, Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear fleet, was once asked how long our fleet could survive in battle. He responded:

“Two or three days before they sink, maybe a week if they stay in the harbor.”

If anything, anti-ship missiles are more deadlier than in the 1970's. That does not suggest that a strategy of making big, expensive ships is the way to go. Our navy should focus on producing submarines which can launch cruise missiles and can submerge to protect themselves. But our military is stuck thinking in terms of World War II, where carriers were king.

Times have changed, and carriers are more of a liability than an asset. In any event we have unsinkable carriers in the Middle East. They are called Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Israel. We have unsinkable carriers in the Orient. They are called South Korea and Japan. Building these giant, vulnerable floating cities makes no sense. In a shooting war even with a half-rate power like Iran they could easily sink one of our carriers, causing thousands of casualties. It's sad that the military is still stuck fighting the battle of Midway when technology has moved on.

[originally in AT]



Related articles:
Women marines outraged soldiers watched their sex videos

Trump is right to consider cancelling the F-35

Obama picks air force commander who has never piloted a plane








Is Trump well served by an extremely overweight spokeswoman?


Would it be appropriate for President Trump to have a red, sweaty alcoholic for a press secretary? Or how about an individual who smoked five packs of cigarettes a day and had a voice like Charlie Rangel? No? Then what about a woman who chooses a lifestyle that leaves her extremely overweight?
CONTINUE READING

Related articles:
Trump wants to be buried on a golf course in New Jersey

Trump signs bill outlawing border wall and expanding H-2B visas

Trump calls on President to fight harder for border wall




Many on Medicaid refuse to pay $1 for healthcare


When Indiana expanded Medicaid, it had a small requirement that those on the highest tier of service for Medicaid contribute, even if a little bit, for their own care, an amount on a sliding scale from $1 to $100 a month. But most people in the program refused to pay even that amount, resulting in their being booted to a lower level of benefits:
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Mark Levin: "House bill only repeals 10% of Obamacare"

Trumpcare 2.0 isn't much better than its predecessor

Trump's plan B: work with Dems to "improve" Obamacare



GOP giving individual Democrats veto power over judges


Donald Trump has kept a campaign promise! When running for office, Trump promised to nominate conservative judges for the judiciary. He picked Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court and now has nominated ten conservative candidates for circuit court judgeships.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Are you concerned that Neil Gorsuch belongs to a far-left church?

Neil Gorsuch confirms that Trump's attacks on judiciary are working





Trump wants to be buried on a golf course in New Jersey


President Trump, planning for his inevitable death, has reportedly expressed a desire to be buried on a golf course. On a golf course in New Jersey, I should add.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Trump signs bill outlawing border wall and expanding H-2B visas

Trump calls on President to fight harder for border wall

Trump "very happy" with bill outlawing future border wall



Trump sinking America deeper into unwinnable Afghanistan quagmire


President Trump is planning to send up to 5,000 additional American soldiers into Afghanistan to complement the 10,000 already there. Let's look at some numbers first:
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Did the Prophet Mohammad really call on Muslims to fight global warming?

Trump welcomes Syrian illegal aliens Australia doesn't want

Will Trump's reversal on Syrian refugees make him a one term President?



Trayvon Martin, doing better, gets astronaut degree


You all probably remember Trayvon Martin, the celebrated black youth who was shot while trying to pound night watchman George Zimmerman's head into the pavement. To the left, Trayvon is a hero, a young man who was shot simply because he was black. To everyone else, he was a thug, with all the evidence, including the bruises on Zimmerman's head, pointing to the fact that Trayvon was trying to kill him when he got shot.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Liberals say King Kong=black people

Introducing the Trayvon Martin computer game!

Is Yale on the verge of changing its name?



Refugee admissions up 160% in April under Trump


Before he left office, Obama set a goal of accepting 110,000 refugees in the 2017 fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1st 2016), even though he was only president for four months of that fiscal year. Once Trump became president, he set a revised limit of 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year. However, a federal judge struck down the 50,000 limit.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Metropolitan Museum of Art forcing undocumented migrants to subsidize taxpayers

Trump signs bill outlawing border wall and expanding H-2B visas

Trump calls on President to fight harder for border wall



Stephen Hawking is a genius, when it comes to scamming people


You have to admire genius. The global warming crowd has been getting rich predicting that the world will end in the distant future in a dramatic fashion. We can never prove them wrong because their predictions are slated to occur far in the future.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Did the Prophet Mohammad really call on Muslims to fight global warming?

Trump EPA revisions force Enviros to deal with mental illness

Barefoot Vegan Cross Country Climate Change Protestor Crushed by Car



Metropolitan Museum of Art forcing undocumented migrants to subsidize taxpayers


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the most famous art museum in New York, and perhaps all of America. For years the Met, which is supposed to be free because the City of New York owns its building, has had a very sneaky way of scamming people out of money. They posted a "recommended" admission fee of $25, without ever clearly stating that the actual amount you had to pay was up to you.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Trump signs bill outlawing border wall and expanding H-2B visas

Trump calls on President to fight harder for border wall

Trump "very happy" with bill outlawing future border wall



Trump signs bill outlawing border wall and expanding H-2B visas


President Trump signed a massive $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that outlawed future construction of a border wall, spends more money on Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, allows a small increase in military spending, and increases the number of unskilled H-2B visas by 120%. Most prominently, Trump's planned border wall expansion, which was authorized in 2006 legislation, is now forbidden to be built by law.
CONTINUE READING Related articles:
Trump calls on President to fight harder for border wall

Trump "very happy" with bill outlawing future border wall

President Schumer agrees to bill funding P.R., Obamacare, abortionists, but no wall




Next Page





Search Topic Areas
o Donald Trump
o Best articles
o Abortion
o Economy
o Education
o Environment
o Hairy feminists
o Gay agenda
o Gun control
o Illegal aliens
o Pop culture
o Radical islam
o Republicans
o Reverse Racism
o Ted Cruz
o Transvestite agenda




NewsMachete.com Copyright 2015
Feedback


Who is NewsMachete?

Privacy policy
Search Topic Areas
o Donald Trump
o Best articles
o Abortion
o Economy
o Education
o Environment
o Hairy feminists
o Gay agenda
o Gun control
o Illegal aliens
o Pop culture
o Radical islam
o Republicans
o Reverse Racism
o Ted Cruz
o Transvestite agenda