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God help us if we had to fight 20 years before forget now that is over
Everybody wanted a peace dividend and they got it at the expense of peace. The Navy took it one step further and lost its vision for future war fighting. Save the 3rd world or peer fight. Billions spent on Zumwalt, Ford, San Antonio and LCS with enhanced capability being delivered to the fleet that was mission obsolete when delivered.
Do tell us all you know about the F35 being a flying pig? Many links on the web are pro and con. The cons have no solutions, bemoan expense and usually have a hidden political agenda to disarm. The pros are the defense industry who promise capability and sometimes deliver on it at 3 times the original stated expense once the ink is dry on the contract. Stock holders very happy. Best read the blogs of real experience and common sense.
Like all our carrier aircraft it has short legs. It was the air services answer, keeping up with Joneses, ignoring the path to unmanned drone while being an all mission aircraft to all users with a flick of a switch and a change in software. It brings capability to the fleet in which the Navy was technologically and ideologically not ready for. Otherwise a fine weapon system in which will be ill supported by the base fleet.
Our best bet for peace is to lease our hulls and weapons to the JMSDF and the ROKs who will have to fight for their survival while we gobble down Ben and Jerry’s
So what will we fight with ? Numbers so low with the F 35 flying pig. Problems with no replacement engines,short range low cannon rounds to fight with. The Chinese could not have put us in a worst situation if they had been in charge themselves.
As of this moment, the current standard is:
1 F/A-18F squadron
3 F/A-18E squadrons
1 EA-18G squadron
1 E-2D squadron
1 MH-60S squadron
1 MH-60 R squadron
1 C-2 detachment
This will very shortly (weeks/a month or so) change to having F-35C squadron (or squadrons) replace F/A-18E squadron (or squadrons) and a CMV-22 detatchment replace the C-2. Probably only one fighter squadron will swap out to start, since F-35 numbers are still low. Don't know what the "ultimate" ratio is, but I suspect 1 F-18F and one F-18E and 2 F-35C squadrons is desired. USS Carl Vinson has already deployed with one F-35C squadron aboard in place of one E squadron. It is currently the only carrier to do so.
In a short time, the F/A-18 E and F squadrons will get Block III machines, with conformal external fuel tanks extending their range.
A bit further down the road, we will add MQ-25 Stingrays.
I thought F-18E/F replaced them? Anyway to learn what are the compositions of the active air wings?
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