Battleships: A Relevant Fire Support Platform in the Twenty-first Century
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA
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Since the close of World War II, the role of American battleships has been steadily reduced. The last battleships to see action, the U.S.S. Wisconsin and the U.S.S. Iowa, were retired in 2001 and 1999 respectively. Their replacements, in the form of cruisers and guided missile destroyers, are purported to possess the improved fire support capabilities and survivability required to support the joint land battle. Nevertheless, eliminating the battleship altogether as a fire support platform for the prosecution of expeditionary operations in the littorals is not a logical conclusion. The retirement of American battleships with cruisers and destroyers adversely affects the Marine Air-Ground Task Force MAGTF because its demise deprives land forces of a fire support platform that can achieve and sustain massed surprise fires.
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