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Shades of USS Long Beach, Batman!
Posted by Jim Davis on 1/15/2020, 1:55 pm
So.... as designed, the USS Long Beach, CGN-9, was to carry four Polaris ballistic missile tubes amidship. This idea was eventually canned b/c the first SSBNs were rapidly going on-line and were expected to be much more survivable platforms in wartime for a strategic launch system. The space came in handy, since JFK demanded that the ship be fitted with guns (two 5" 38 cals were fitted), having little confidence that an entirely missile-armed ship could defend itself.
Now it seems that the Navy is returning to the idea of surface ship-ballistic launch system pairings.... See: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/navy-may-arm-its-new-destroyer-with-a-conventional-missile-able-to-hit-anywhere-on-earth-in-an-hour