How the USN Defines Overkill
Updated. See below.
Thought this was very interesting from Information Dissemination:
While not confirmed, it is believed the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Monterey (CG 61) are making their way up the east coast of Africa, while the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS San Antonio (LPD 17), USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Ramage (DDG 61), and USS Howard (DDG 83) are all thought to be in the area.
Seriously, that is the most powerful air, land, and sea combination anywhere in Africa. With that said, it’s the submarine the pirates can’t see that should have them worried. The USS Florida (SSGN 728) is thought to be in that region, among other submarines usually deployed.
If we need this much firepower to weed out a nest of pirates in speed boats and dhows, what type of fleet do we need if we have to fight China or Russia? Sadly, when the budget cuts start coming with the new president, I’m afraid the Navy might be in for a rude awakening.
Update-A timely alternative to the budget-busting task force currently lurking in the Gulf of Aden is this from the UPI, as titled U.S. needs frigates, LCS to fight modern pirates:
In order to accomplish such goals, a naval task force that combines well-armed naval ships of smaller tonnage, such as frigates and corvettes, is needed. A good example are the Eilat-class — Sa’ar 5 — corvettes built by the United States for the Israeli navy in the 1990s by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems — formerly Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. of Pascagoula, Miss. — based on Israeli designs.
Although this 1,227-ton, 260-foot ship is called a “corvette,” its weaponry and 33 knot speed are comparable to those of a frigate. It has a stealthy design, sonar, torpedoes, missile launchers, a gun mount, and a helicopter hangar large enough for a U.S. Navy H-60 helicopter. The U.S. Navy could greatly increase this frigate’s lethality by adding the U.S. Army’s new EFOG missile system to strike small craft and targets ashore.
Now the article mentions frigates and LCS, but the warships presented here clearly are of the Corvette class, something we have also advocated before.