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  •  Do we REALLY need 11 Carrier Strike Groups? (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Each consisting of a carrier, a cruiser, a couple of frigates, a couple of destroyers, a couple of oiler/supply ships, a submarine or two, maybe as much as an hundred aircraft and about 10,000 sailors and officers!

    Currently we have 11 of these Strike Groups, 5 on each coast and one based permanently at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

    One reason to have so many is that the sailors just can't spend their whole life at sea; the question I have is how much can the Navy reduce this force without driving the sailors crazy or compromising it's capabilities.  The stupendous cost of just ONE of these Strike Groups would make a national defense budget for a lot of countries in the world!

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 11:59:50 PM PST

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