Enough Battleships Already!
Galrahn at Information Dissemination is livid over Navy destroyer plans, declaring 86 of these modern-day battleships are more than enough. He says:
It is time to eighty six the battleship, and get moving on building small surface combatants. When we say eighty six, we mean the number and invoke the slang. The Navy has already paid for 22 CG-52s, 62 DDG-51s, and 2 DDG-1000s. That is a fleet of 86 battleships, enough already!
Take a look around the world and compare conditions to the Navy’s shipbuilding strategy. Japan, the second largest Navy in the world, has 6 battleships. South Korea will soon have 6, Great Britain is building 6, Spain will soon have 6, and no one anywhere on the planet has more than 6 or plans for more than 6, except the United States. I’m counting first-rate through fourth-rate surface combatants, ships armed with 48 or more battle force VLS cells, and/or 48 or more battle force missiles. Japan, South Korea, Great Britain, and Spain are all allies, who exactly are we building more battleships to fight against?
The blogger’s frustration with the USN is from what we reported earlier this week, I.E., the plan to stop building the giant DDG-1000 Zumwalt “destroyer” and replace it with new-build Burkes. Though we consider the half-price Burke a better deal than the $3-$5 billion Zumwalts, Galrahn is on the money. Enough is enough! We must start focusing on the war we are fighting now, and this includes the epidemic of piracy in the Third World, which is so bad even the normally recalcitrant United Nations has been forced out of its stupor to act. While most of the world’s navies will send corvettes and gunboats, all America has sent against the terrorist dhows and speed boats are Arleigh Burke and Ticonderoga battleships, built to fight a Soviet Navy rusting in its ports.
As I’ve said on numerous occasions, if the Navy will not build an effective fighting force with the funds we give them, its time to give the bulk of the defense budget to the Army, who understands the threats we are fighting against and have changed their way of thinking accordingly.