By Tom Clancy
They're floating towns with crews of hundreds of thousands. they're the linchpins of any army method, for they supply what has develop into the foremost to each conflict fought for the reason that international warfare I: air superiority. The mere presence of a U.S. naval provider in a quarter is an automated show of energy that sends a message no strength enemy can forget about. Now, Tom Clancy welcomes you aboard for an in depth examine how those floating behemoths functionality. along with his trademark type and eye for element, Clancy brings you naval strive against procedure like nobody else can.Carrier includes:
* Takeoffs and landings: flying into the risk zone
* The plane onboard: their variety, their strength, their weaponry
* The function of the service in sleek naval warfare
* unique photos, illustrations and diagrams
Plus: An interview with the U.S. Navy's leader of Naval Operations, Admiral Jay Johnson
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S. NAVY PHOTO • Sea-Based Airpower Is Inherently Flexible and Mobile—Because they are based aboard ships, sea-based aviation assets are highly mobile. Modern CVBGs can easily move five hundred nautical miles in a day, which means that they can redeploy almost anywhere in the world in just a few weeks. And with a little warning, a forward-deployed force can be in a crisis zone in days, sometimes even in hours. Because they are not directly tied to a land-based command structure, the personnel and units embarked aboard the ships are equipped and trained to work on their own.
Navy considers itself lucky to have retained an even dozen carrier battle groups, along with their matched amphibious ready groups. By being able to keep just two or three of these forward-deployed at any time, the United States has managed to maintain a toehold in places where it has few allies and no bases. The recent confrontation with Iraq over United Nations weapons inspectors, had it led to war, would have been prosecuted almost entirely from a pair of carrier groups based in the Persian Gulf.
Much like a computer with built-in capabilities for expansion cards and networking, aircraft carriers have a vast capability to accept new weapons and systems. Thus, some battleships built at the beginning of the First World War were scrapped after less than five years service, while modern supercarriers have planned lives measured in decades. Sure, gun-armed warships can still hurt aircraft carriers. And in fact, during World War II, several flattops found themselves on the losing end of duels with surface ships.
Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier (Tom Clancy's Military Reference) by Tom Clancy