The USS Ranger arriving in Pearl Harbor in 1993. This one is dubbed CV-61. CV is for conventional attack carrier. My ship with the SPN-38 navigational transponder/receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base of the very top platform on the mast “island”) was similar. It was the USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in, or in the process of being, moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But with their long-distance capability they helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)
By Dan Bodine
Talk about being short-sighted! At an average of $13 billion a pop, the U.S. naval planning brigade has stepped in it big-time! Modern-day aircraft carriers, critics say, don’t have the long-range poop for the pop!
A far cry it is from my own navigational-transponder experiences during the Vietnam era. The SPN-38, i.e., from my recollections, only worked “at sea” when we had a factory representative aboard who could stay on top of the damn thing! But in a crisis, our “long-term planning” was up to snuff!