From: San Diego (Lives in Indianapolis)
I read this somewhere on the internet today:
Now, I know this may sound dumb, but hear me out.
What if a group of ships from WW2, across several nations, (KM, RN, USN, IJN), were dropped in at 1/2 a mile from a modern Navy task group, and had to fight it out? Say, 1 Iowa, 1 Yamato, 1 KGV, 1 Bismark, 1 Alaska, 2 Baltimores, 1 Mogamis, 1 Hipper, 2 Town class cruisers and a Pair of DDs from each nation.
Versus 2 Fleet CVs, 3 Missile cruisers and 8 DDGs, and 2 SSNs
For me this is any easy answer--the modern fleet! But not for the reasons most people who were answering this question seemed to think
The half a mile range is key, and assuming day time conditions with a normal sea state, the first 10 minutes will see the WW2 era ships sink or mission kill 60% of the modern warships, while being relatively little damage from Harpoons (I'm assuming an all American modern fleet).
The damage to the modern fleet will only be limited by the time it takes the WW2 ships to load, work a solution, and fire the guns. Command and control might also be a limiting factor.
Depending, at the end of the day you might end up with 90%--maybe all--of the modern surface warships mission killed. Unfortunately for the WW2 ships, they lose on a technicality--the MK48.
Even if the WW2 ships get lucky, and knock every surface ship out of action, they'll still lose to the MK48s fired by subs, which would be nearly impervious to WW2 era ASW, or a combination of torpedoes launched from the subs and destroyers.
Can you tell there isn't much going on at work today?
Playing at war is a far better vocation than making people fight in them.