Ken Her­ron

Calhoun Times - - OPINION/COMMENT -

rate in a war is usu­ally in no more than dou­ble dig­its. That does not make it any more de­sir­able but it is not as dev­as­tat­ing as it for­merly was.

The Navy has about 330,000 ac­tive par­tic­i­pants with 107,500 re­servists avail­able on call. The USA has 273 bat­tle ships that are op­er­a­tional with 54 of them de­ployed in for­eign seas at this time. The ar­ma­ment on these bat­tle­ships goes far be­yond the abil­ity that was avail­able thirty to forty years ago. The ships still have the large guns that would be used in ship-to-ship bat­tles but they have the abil­ity to fire guided mis­siles to on­shore tar­gets hun­dreds of miles away and cause the mis­sile to hit a spe­cific win­dow of a building. The coun­try has built and op­er­ated 77 air­craft car­ri­ers since the be­gin­ning in 1922. There are cur­rently ten ac­tive air­craft car­ri­ers in the Amer­i­can fleet. Only three of them are out­side of Amer­i­can wa­ters at this time. All ten of the cur­rent fleet are pow­ered by nu­clear en­gines that carry enough fuel for long ex­cur­sions into for­eign wa­ters. There are over 3700 air­planes avail­able that can op­er­ate from an air­craft car­rier. They also carry he­li­copters for rapid sea to land and land to sea ex­changes of per­son­nel. There are two ad­di­tional air­craft car­ri­ers un­der con­struc­tion at this time and a third is on the draw­ing board with funds al­ready al­lo­cated for it to be built. These air­craft car­ri­ers are com­plete float­ing air­bases. In ad­di­tion to their abil­ity for air­planes to land and take off, the car­rier has com­plete liv­ing quar­ters for the en­tire crew

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