The Death of the Capital Ship: Is There a Place for Supercarriers in Modern Navies
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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The HMS Dreadnought was the preeminent capital ship of the world when she was launched. In the first half of the twentieth century nations all over the world raced to build the biggest and strongest fleet of battleships. During World War II this all changed. After reviewing the rise and fall of battleships as the preeminent capital ship of the worlds navies, this paper will examine why the modern capital ship, the supercarrier, has not experienced the same cycle of nations competing against one another to produce the most advanced supercarrier. Included in this examination is why the United States is travelling a dangerous path by continuing to pour billions of dollars into producing new supercarriers.
- Marine Engineering