quote:There's a flaw in this idea: This is DW, and there is no arbitrary rule enforcing any particular weakness. If I pack a major capital ship with PD, it will fare just as well as any smaller ship, if not better, as it can withstand more hits before going out of commission. In fact, in the standard description, capital ships carry FRIED, which means your fighters explode like popcorn in a single wave. You COULD make fighters, by creating tiny micro-escorts that have a single weapon and an engine. They would also die instantly.
I would love to see fighters in this game. It's simple rock, paper, scissors and would just add another tactical piece to the puzzle regardless of what people think modern day carriers are worth. In this game I'd like to see major capital ships be helpless against squadrons of bombers (aka guided missles with pilots).
quote:Pretty much of all of them, actually. The Iranians, the Chinese, they all have the ability to perform missile spam. Back in 2002, we did a wargames exercise to "prove" how superior our new shiny ships were.
Guided missles are great and all...but you still have to get close enough to use them and not to many navies I know that we need to worry about have 'hundreds' of ships with guided missle technology that's gonna penetrate the screen that a carrier task force can throw up between its own CAP, escorting destroyers and frigs not to mention the close in zip guns etc.
They got their asses handed to them by Iranistan. It was a major embarrassment that got mostly hushed up.
quote:Subs are alive and well and will continue to be relevant in the future. There aren't really any good methods we have of reliably finding and killing them before they can pop up in within torpedo range of your fleet, like the Chinese did a few years back.
Same thing for people who have subs.
quote:Well, it's something like an Exocet or a Harpoon, but yeah, pretty much. That's exactly what happened. A mass of small boats indistinguishable from "Bubba Gump's shrimp boat" sent a carrier task force to the bottom of the Persian Gulf in a simulated exercise which had been blatantly rigged to favor "our" side. Carriers are floating metal coffins. If you're thinking of joining the navy, sign up for a submarine instead.
But the way some folks are talking, you'd think some dude in Bubba Gump's shrimp boat with a bit of yarn, bubble gum and a LAW rocket could sink one of our carriers.