Depends on Your Definition of ‘Cruiser’
When Raymond “Galrahn” Pritchett at the Information Dissemination blog talks about cruisers, he isn’t necessarily discussing the 10,000 ton Ticonderoga class anti-missile cruisers, or even their near-clones of the Arleigh Burke class which are often seen tied to the aircraft carriers. He is speaking of a small, versatile warcraft able to perform the gunboat mission while the bigger battleships are fighting the big wars. Here’s Raymond who explains why he is “Missing Nelsons Cruisers“:
The roles we built little inexpensive 1300 ton destroyer escorts to perform in WWII will be filled by $2 billion platforms in the 21st century under the current US Navy vision, and all the Navy says is “We need more Burkes!” The risk averse nature of the US Navy, the presumption that protection comes from mass alone, and the lack of oversight it takes to completely fail to build an effective screen for the battle line is adding significant tactical, but more importantly existential strategic risk to the ability of the US Navy to meet its obligations. There should be outrage among Flag officers regarding this obvious strategic imbalance in force structure, and yet… silence. When all a Navy has is $2 billion dollar battleships of the line to fight pirates with, and openly acknowledges they have too few ships to effectively fight pirates and control a few important sea lanes in the Indian Ocean from AK-47 waving small skiff boats, that should be a strategic red flag for Congress.
If I didn’t know better, I’d say the blogger was paying more attention to yours truly than he cared to admit! Seriously, a well thought out and important article. I get educated everytime I drop in there!