Except for obsolete Harpoon missiles, The USN has no OTH antiship missile ability. The antiship Tomahawks were withdrawn eons ago (due to targeting issues) leaving only a land attack version. The upgraded Harpoon and ship launched LRASM programs pulled out of Navy competitions (in what I think is a stunt to get more money.) Has anyone heard of a followup to this? :
So, our Navy has no effective OTH missile to enable these ships (or ANY of our warships) to perform this stated task.
Meantime, at least the gun looks like it will have some ammo (at half the range of the previous stuff, but still better than nothing.)
: "The Navy is revamping the Zumwalt-class
: destroyer’s requirements and will morph it
: into a focused surface strike platform, the
: director of surface warfare (OPNAV N96) told
: USNI News today. The ships were originally
: designed to support embarked forces ashore
: with long-range gunfire with GPS-guided
: shells fired at fixed targets. The new
: emphasis on surface strike would make the
: stealthy ship more effective against other
: surface ships in blue water as well as
: closer to shore."
: My note: But only if the tugs have the range
: to get them there....