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Can battleships make a comeback?

Can battleships make a comeback?

In short, it’s as tough to regenerate human capital as it is to rejuvenate the material dimension after a long lapse. The human factor—all by itself—could constitute a showstopper for battleship reactivation. Battleships still have much to contribute to fleet design, just not as active surface combatants.

Can the battleships be reactivated?

The Navy was to ensure that both of the reinstated battleships were in good condition and could be reactivated for use in Marine Corps’ amphibious operations. To comply with this requirement, the navy selected the battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin for reinstatement to the Naval Vessel Register.

Is there gonna be a new battleship?

The U.S. Navy’s newest warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world. Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea.

Are there any active battleships?

When the last Iowa-class ship was finally stricken from the Naval Vessel Registry, no battleships remained in service or in reserve with any navy worldwide. The U.S. has eight battleships on display: Massachusetts, North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Texas.

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Are battlebattleships still important?

Battleships still have much to contribute to fleet design, just not as active surface combatants. Alfred Thayer Mahan describes a capital ship—the core of any battle fleet—as a vessel able to dish out and absorb punishment against a peer navy.

How long will a refitted battleship last?

At a time when the U.S. Navy hopes to wring fifty years of life out of aircraft carriers and forty out of cruisers and destroyers, refitted battleships could seemingly serve for decades to come. And it is true: stout battleship hulls could doubtless withstand the rigors of sea service.

Why is it so hard to regenerate battleships?

In short, it’s as tough to regenerate human capital as it is to rejuvenate the material dimension after a long lapse. The human factor—all by itself—could constitute a showstopper for battleship reactivation. Battleships still have much to contribute to fleet design, just not as active surface combatants.

Do they still make 16 inch barrels for battleships?

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No one has manufactured replacement barrels for 16-inch, 50-caliber guns in decades, and the inventory of spares has evidently been scrapped or donated to museums. That shortage would cap the battleships’ combat usefulness.