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  •  Carrier groups (1+ / 0-)
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    Sylv

    I remember going to a lecture by a military expert on these a decade ago. Pretty sure the number was 17. Maybe the deployment has changed, and the rise in bases has reduced the need for aircraft carriers?

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    by Brit on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 01:36:18 AM PDT

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    •  A carrier group isn't much without a carrier (2+ / 0-)
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      Brit, Sylv

      The last time we had 17 carriers was 1972. We have a much smaller navy now. As to deployment, allowing for overhauls, shipyard availabilities, and training requirements, 4 or 5, maybe 6 carriers out of the 10 could be deployed at any one time.

      Total number of warships:
      1972 - 654
      2011 - 285

      As to the current number of cruisers, what was once called a frigate or a destroyer leader is now called a cruiser. We "upgraded" the Navy by "upgrading" what we call the same ships.

      http://www.history.navy.mil/...

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 02:06:28 AM PDT

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    •  The name change to cruiser happened in 1975 (2+ / 0-)
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      Brit, Sylv

      I served aboard the USS Leahy.

      USS Leahy (DLG/CG-16) was the lead ship of a new class of destroyer leaders in the United States Navy. Named for Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, she was commissioned in 4 August 1962 as DLG-16, a frigate, and reclassified as CG-16, a cruiser, on 30 June 1975.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 02:14:54 AM PDT

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