Build Your Own Navy-Radicalized!
For something fun, here is a little game created by David Axe, and presented to us by frequent commenter Heretic, whose chart I am borrowing with a few radical adjustments. Within the points I have also added motherships, arsenal ships, corvettes, and offshore patrol vessels, which though not realistic as yet, such craft will be more desired as the price for large warships, or even their need, becomes out of reach for even the superpowers.
Here is Axe’s original post for reference. I think I will stick with his original estimate that the USN will average $14 billion annually for now.
So here are your choices and your $14 billion, good luck! I’ll post my own later. Thanks again Heretic for lighting a fire!
1 point = $0.1 billion dollars
90 points : CVN-21 Ford-class aircraft carrier
30 points : LHA-6 America-class assault ship
30 points : SSGN (new-build stretched Virginias?)
15 points : LPD-17 San Antonio-class assault ship
50 points : DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer
20 points : DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
20 points : SSN-774 Virginia-class submarine
5 points : Type 212 SSP (shallow water)
5 points : Type 214 SSP (deep water)
6 points : LCS
5 points : T-AKE Lewis and Clark-class logistics ship
2 points : JHSV
Those of you who feel bolder:
10 points : Light Helicopter Assault (Mistral, Dokdo)
10 points : Arsenal ship (commercial off the shelf hull. 500-1000 missiles)
7 points : Aegis mothership (commercial off the shelf hull)
4 points : Mothership (Commercial of the shelf auxiliary warship)
3 points : Danish Absalon Flexible Support Ship
3 points : Corvette (high-end missile)
2 points : OPV (off shore patrol vessel)
2 points : Mine Warfare ships