Monday, July 16, 2018

If the Racine had a crew and active defenses could it have survived that barrage?

I'm looking at this video and I have to wonder.  Could the USS Racine have survived that barrage if she had her crew and active defenses?

That damage was not what I expected it to be.  Quite honestly I was looking for something a bit catastrophic.  They fired (supposedly) everything from anti-ship missiles to MLRS and other stuff and the thing still suffered only one large tear in its hull.

Have we as a community underestimated how hard it is to actually sink a modern warship?

Remember this.

Everything has gotten smaller.

Big warheads are a thing of the past versus cheap steel and much better defensive systems.

My point is this.  If we decide to operate as a fleet with mutual protection...if we continue with improvements to our electronic warfare and kinetic defense systems...while continuing to develop Naval Net Fires, then we might be looking at Surface Action Groups (I don't even know if this is a thing)/Expeditionary Strike Groups that are tougher nuts to crack than anyone expects.

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