Friday, September 15, 2017
CVL & CVN.
Once more to the topic of light aircraft carrier versus heavy carrier. A hot-button topic in naval circles?
CVL = Light Aircraft Carrier
CVN = Aircraft carrier, fixed wing, nuclear powered.
From a You Tube video:
"A DOZEN REASONS SMALL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS DON'T MAKE MUCH SENSE II WARTHOG 2017"
Smaller carriers as compared to a large-deck nuclear-powered vessel deficient [so is the assertion] with regard to:
* "Less speed and endurance."
* "Harder to sustain."
* "Less productive."
* "Less safe."
* "Less survivable."
* "Less storage space and growth margin."
* "Cannot accomplish multiple missions simultaneously."
* "Cannot substitute for land bases."
* "Drain money from higher priority programs."
* "Generate less electricity."
* "Do not save money."
* "Have hidden costs."
As of 2011 a test model of the F-35 [BF-02] "performing STO’s and VL’s on USS Wasp LHD-1"
USS Wasp (LHD-1) is a U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship.
Wasp with a full contingent of F-35 functioning in the sea control mode, that number of warplanes max about twenty!
See also a series of previous blog entries the topic of which was the light versus heavy carrier. Soup to nuts discussion as they say: