I Served on One of the Last U.S. Navy Battleships. They Are Not Coming Back.
The National Interest -

James Holmes


A new age of warfare

Key point: The Navy has to think smaller.

There’s a mystique to battleships.

Whenever inside-the-Beltway dwellers debate how to bulk up the U.S. Navy fleet, odds are sentimentalists will clamor to return the Iowa-class dreadnoughts to service. Nor is the idea of bringing back grizzled World War II veterans as zany as it sounds. We aren’t talking equipping the 1914-vintage USS Texas with superweapons to blast the Soviet Navy, or resurrecting the...

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