The six Retired Aircraft Carriers can be re-used as either Drone launching platforms, Helicopter Carriers or a combination of both. With the current world at an aggressive cold war. The cold war lines have been drawn and the first cyber war having just occurred or is it ongoing. Not a question.
A highly expanded and complet form of the Aegis combat system integration. With missile offensive and defensive capabilities. Missile systems to be covered by the flight deck. Vertical Launch system positioned in the deck of the ship deemed unused for future use. Torpedo ports near sea level of the ship.
200-300 of the next generation Sikorsky S-97 Raider Helicopters. One the major draw back to these craft is the limited operational range of 308 NM. This range will need to be doubled and just adding more fuel capacity will degrade performance. This craft is still under developmental status.
A new generation of combat drone craft which can be launched and retrieved by an Aircraft Carrier.
These drones must have a chosen/selected capability of spoofing enemy radar, Carrying a destructive warhead/missiles, Radar Jamming as well as a host of other capabilities. I see combat drones becoming the spearhead of any aerial attack on any target. To overwhelm, to exhaust and to divide defensive weapons systems. So that human powered craft can exact total damage on selected targets.
By allowing the USS Nimitz and the USS Eisenhower to be refit with greater defensive capabilities. As well as keeping a full compliment of FA/18FG combat planes. The lethality of this new battle group will be complete. All of the holes covered. Except for the new one as yet to be exploited.
A country will build a new modern missile battleship in a length greater than Aircraft Carriers. Which in packs will be able to defeat entire Aircraft carrier battle groups and aircraft at full running speed.
A new Naval Battle Group. Which will consist of 3 Aircraft Carriers, 2 Battleships, 2 Destroyers, Attack submarines and support vessels. As well as a dedicated military satellites.
The state of these ships listed may very well be cost prohibited for modernization and re-fit. But, the hulls of each ship listed may still be in usable or repairable condition.
A new modern era Battleship needs to be created. When you don't have one of those. Then WW2 is good enough.
1 Charles F Adams Class Destroyer
3 Forrest Sherman Class destroyers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics_MQ-1_Predator : Slated for retirement.
There is only one way for humanity to survive and it is listed in the blog just above the red horse cometh.
According to Pastor Steve Weyerts.This is what could be in store for the year 2026. I do believe there is an order to all things. The following list of bible verse's are not in any logical order. Except maybe the last one. Here is a clue if your unaware. The name of the USA is not the USA. Think about the original name that the puritans were going to create for themselves. Which is either New JerUSAlem or new Israel.
Added on 24 Jan 2015: Some time this year. The USA may have to endure yet another discipline from GOD. As was done in 2001 and 2008. If the USA is allowed to survive intact.
Then this 2026 war footing may be possible. The defenselessness of the USA is astounding. That even a country like North Korea can put the entire USA back into the 1800's. So can Russia. So can China. What is worse is that President made a generalized comment that the DD of the USA even knows it. Even though the vast majority of the civilian population is completely unaware. Better go find that comment.
I may have written this before. The USA in order to save a ton of money. Is to reinvigorate their old hulls that are deemed moth balled. Just as President Putin is doing with his old USSR Cold War ships. In a short period of time. The USA can have as many as 19 fully modified Aircraft carriers. One old aircraft carrier can be converted into a drone carrier. A drone carrier which can house maybe 1000 armed drones. That's the future.
An A10 Thunderbolt 3 wart hog aircraft carrier. The hog is a dead plane that just keeps on surviving through cannibalism. So an entire new plane will have to be re-engineered. With all of the on going cannibalism that has been going on. They know what fails. Just by re-engineering those parts to be more hardened. The plane will be improved. The plane does need more improved (Power and speed) and efficient engines. Newly re-engineered landing gear for aircraft carrier use. Ground and pound at it's best. This type of aircraft carrier as well as the drone aircraft carrier will have substantially more defensive capabilities for survivability. Such as under the flight deck missile launchers of various strategic and tactical capabilities. I would bet you could put at least 100 cruise missile launch tubes on each side of the ship. Then reload from inside of the ship. Without any physical exposure. The USA may need a new modernized cruise missile. Can you say hypersonic and they must be 2000+ mile range.
The A10 Aircraft carrier would come close to shore. Once air superiority has been assured. Ground troops and special forces are going into play. The A10's would come in for close in support. Plus cruise missile backup.
Added on 24 Jan 2015: Aircraft carrier/ missile battleship.
China, Russia and North Korea already know that to defeat the overwhelming military threat of the USA is to neutralize their Aircraft carriers. Which is why those countries have developed new supersonic and hyper sonic anti-aircraft carrier missile systems. Which is why the old retired and mothballed American aircraft carriers are essential to a future battle. By utilizing the apparent empty space underneath their flight decks for a variety of offensive and defensive weapons platforms.
I do believe there are currently 4 retired and mothballed aircraft carriers as well as those which have been transformed into museum relics. These can be dry docked and re-engineered and modernized. It would only take a hand full of years.
Then by changing the official designation of these old and stricken aircraft carriers into a new warship category. It will not affect the federal law of maintaining ten aircraft carriers. I think that is key. Creating a new class of warship which meets the needs of future combat and neutralizing the inherent weakness of those thin skinned hulls of the new class of warships.
At the top right of my blogger page is a donate button for PayPal. If you liked this blog, were inspired from it. Please help me out with just a little something. Anything is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
“Musings of an American Truck Driver”: