From: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Then again lets not forget the attack subs. At least their original mission was to escort the CV TF, and hunt for enemy subs. Has that changed?
They do. BUTTT you never have enough nuclear attack subs. And in order to attack a sub, it means they must expose themselves to counter attacks.
I one got into a discussion with a USN destroyer captain in the 1980's about the then New Arliegh Burke class. I pointed out the major flaw of the "flight I" Burkes was a lack of helo support. The Commander got rather snippy saying "when will you airdales (Naval Aviation) realize that you don't need a aircraft to sink a submarine?". I pointed out that of course he could attack a sub , if the sub let him. His effective attack range was less than one third of a sub. A Helo , or any aircraft , isn't necessarily the best way to kill a sub. But it IS "The master of the cheap shot". You can drop all kinds of things on him , but there are very few subs that can swat an aircraft , and even then , only at extreme danger to themselves. "Fairness" in battle is over rated ,(and in my humble view) quite foolish. I'll take the "cheap shot" every time.
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