Originally Posted by r4zr
Well since ship-to-ship combat is now entirely BVR, this won't be used vs. another warship's hull structure. Rather, it would be used in harbor patrol, light craft interdiction (anti-piracy, for instance), and anti-air/anti-missile defense roles.
The real technological demonstration here is being able to keep the laser on target through wave action, not the energy output.
I don't know about that. When I was in the Navy back in the early-mid 80's we were able to keep guns on target during some pretty massive waves. Similar technology that allows tanks to track and shoot target while moving over hills and such. Actually it is also similar to the mounts used on high end cameras to prevent bouncing and other movements.
Originally Posted by Infrabasse
Make me wonder why we even bother recycling cars when on the other end of the production chain we just dump thousands of tons of metal into the oceans.
The USS Fletcher was sunk at that specific spot to create an artificial reef. It helps restore the underwater habitat partially destroyed by a storm. Of course that IS the official NAVY response...