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$13 billion aircraft carrier now short-sighted

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 navigational receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base at very top platform on the mast "island") was similar to this one, named USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in or in the process of being moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But they've helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)

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!
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