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Tell me why do carriers cruise on their own? ..They are HEAVILY armed. 100+ aircraft most of them fighters. A crew of 4000 well train men and women. Phalanx CIWS, ESSMs, and other anti-missile, anti-plane, and other weapons that are classified. Lets not forget advance radar.
Carriers do NOT cruise on their own. There is a whole fleet of ships to protect and supply Carriers for a reason. The best defense for a Carrier? A Destroyer.
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i know what i want for Christmas this year
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One step closer to building an Archangel class assault ship !

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We’re fast approaching the limits of our ability to hit maneuvering pieces of metal in the sky with other pieces of flying metal
This quote made me happy. Though I want to know how large the steel surface is that they say they can cut 20 feet through per second (for heat dissipation purposes). I would think a ship hull could dissipate heat better than a test plate as well since its in water. Free liquid cooling.

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Isn't Brazil like in the top ten richest countries in the world?
... This was the second of a double post ...
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YES...Now I do not have to waste time cutting my hair!
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I've actually been sent twice to fix computers at Jefferson Labs. They never showed me their cool laser beam though.
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Im surprised im the only person who wants to see a video of it cutting through steel like that.
Me too! Er.. "Pics or it didn't happen."

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Best. Navy. On. Earth. The second this deploys.
Best. Navy. On. Earth. ...since the 1940s, man where have you been?

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Originally Posted by KBcobra View Post
Tell me why do carriers cruise on their own? ..They are HEAVILY armed. 100+ aircraft most of them fighters. A crew of 4000 well train men and women. Phalanx CIWS, ESSMs, and other anti-missile, anti-plane, and other weapons that are classified. Lets not forget advance radar.
Carriers don't cruise on their own. They have never travelled on their own. Hence the term "Carrier Battle group."

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Battleship is just a term. Shoot, old sailing ships of the line were called battleships, its not just an iron behemoth. So, by placing this weapon on a nuclear powered destroyer sized ship, would class it as a battleship. This is so awesome, and the wave length tuning makes it all weather too. Next we will have to start outfitting the space shuttle (or its replacement) with these things. I wonder at what distances this thing is effective at.
No. Just no. A battleship is a large, heavily armored ship carrying very large caliber guns designed to find the enemy fleet and destroy them. You would not re-classify a destroyer as a "battleship" just because you put a laser on it. It doesn't have the guns, it doesn't have the armor, it doesn't have the endurance (historically) and most importantly, it doesn't have the same role.

If we went by your reasoning, nearly every ship in the Navy would be called a "battleship." From Coast Guard cutters to cruisers to carriers. Just no.

A destroyer with a laser is still a destroyer. It's mission would remain anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, fast carrier defense.

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Carriers do NOT cruise on their own. There is a whole fleet of ships to protect and supply Carriers for a reason. The best defense for a Carrier? A Destroyer.
This.
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Lol a Carrier isn't armed? Just because you don't see big guns sticking out the sides doesn't mean anything. A single carrier could invade a small country. They have all the anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, etc, capabilities they need.


This is a nice invention but won't bring anything new to the battlefield for quite some time. This is exactly what some soldiers describe as lack of funding. Huge amounts of money go into R&D for these types of weapons yet our service rifle and personal body armor need to be updated.
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Lol a Carrier isn't armed? Just because you don't see big guns sticking out the sides doesn't mean anything. A single carrier could invade a small country. They have all the anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, etc, capabilities they need.


This is a nice invention but won't bring anything new to the battlefield for quite some time. This is exactly what some soldiers describe as lack of funding. Huge amounts of money go into R&D for these types of weapons yet our service rifle and personal body armor need to be updated.
Why bother with body armor and rifles, when you can just shoot lasers at your enemy 800 miles away? (just a random number)
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Lol a Carrier isn't armed? Just because you don't see big guns sticking out the sides doesn't mean anything. A single carrier could invade a small country. They have all the anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, etc, capabilities they need.


This is a nice invention but won't bring anything new to the battlefield for quite some time. This is exactly what some soldiers describe as lack of funding. Huge amounts of money go into R&D for these types of weapons yet our service rifle and personal body armor need to be updated.

Derp:
A carrier is "armed" with:
16–24 × Sea Sparrow or NATO Sea Sparrow missiles
3 or 4 × Phalanx CIWSs or RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles.

Both of which are missile and short-range ship defense systems.
Unless you think a bunch of planes are going to "invade" a small country. Very few of which have any anti-ship or anti-sub capabilities. Hence the point of it having a CBG.
Not to mention that its "armor" is kevlar over vital areas. Not exactly Neutronium plating.

And, aside from that this is a completely different branch of the military from the "grunts", in the context of the United States military, what is more important?

Having incremental improvements with an enormous implementation cost (one for every soldier, etc.) or the ability to police countries. You give a few hundred thousand guys a new gun, whooptie.

You point the Fifth Fleet somewhere, people stop fighting and start listening.
    
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