Tuesday, July 31, 2018

USN History photo essay on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

Tom Clancy was an awesome military fiction writer (sorry to see the genre fad from the scenes) that was so good at his craft you never knew what was real and what he pulled out of his behind to make a good story.

I think I recall a story where an aircraft carrier was moving so fast that the Russian Akula Class could barely keep up and they had to stack subs in its path to try and get firing solutions on it.

Real?  I have no idea.  To this very day the actual speed of a nuclear aircraft carrier is classified.  I would bet they can do north of 40 knots though.  Sound obscene?  On builders trials I think an LHD got close to 30 (or that's the rumor) so I don't think its out of the realm of possibilities.

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