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Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 3, Insightful) 439

by C0R1D4N (#49059755) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?
The purpose of the battleship is no longer for engaging in ship-to-ship combat but as a floating mobile artillery platform to support the troops on the ground. In our past engagements with them (the Gulf and Vietnam) they were praised for their immense usefulness.

Our entire Navy is one of floating glass cannons anyway, the battleships are at least tempered glass.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 4, Interesting) 439

by C0R1D4N (#49059629) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?
The cost to modernize each battleship was estimated by the navy to be about 500 million dollars (back in the early 2000s), a Zumwalt class destroyer costs 3.45 billion (not including the R&D costs). Granted the Zumwalt is the F-35 of the navy, but congress loves blowing money on military equipment.

Same goes for ammunition. A 16 inch shell is about $500, a tomahawk missile nearly 1 million. Missiles certainly have their role, but we have completely eliminated our naval artillery when it is still useful and cost-effective.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 3, Interesting) 439

by C0R1D4N (#49058619) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?
I assure you I know quite a LOT about battleships, and though all are decommissioned that doesn't mean the design or concept is obsolete. They are out of service in the US for purely political/lobbying reasons. They are out of the service in the rest of the world because everyone else gone with a sea denial strategy.

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