Battleships and DD(X)

Robert Novak has an editorial on the Navy’s plan to decommission it’s last two battleships, the Iowa and the Wisconsin. He’s pitching a line for the Marine Corps, whose commandant General Mike Hagee told Congress two years ago that the loss of naval surface fire support would place his troops “at considerable risk.”
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These battleships are old, they’re expensive to maintain, and the industry doesn’t support manufacture of the ammunition for the big guns. The Marine Corps does have air support and field artillery systems for fire support. I don’t see the justification to keep battleships just so you have an option to fire on North Korean military structures, as Novak alludes. Maybe it’s time for the big guns to go silent.

Big Guns Go Silent,” by Jason Sigger,, December 6, 2005


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