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  •  How many ships did other nations have in 1917? (3+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, JeffW, Dirtandiron

    Compare our Navy in 1917 to other nations' navies in 1917.  Now look at how it compares today against other countries.  That is the real measure.

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    by Do Something on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 01:41:02 PM PDT

    •  How do you compare a 4-stacker... (2+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, Sandy on Signal

      ...to a modern guided missle destroyer?

      You can't.

      You might compare the USS Enterprise (CV-6) to the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as far as what leaps in technology have been made as far as naval aviation and aircraft carriers. But that's it.

      Today's aircraft carriers alone are 5 times bigger than the WW2 vintage flatops, but only employ double the personnel. The propulsion range is theoretically infinite for a nuclear-powered ship, compared to one that ran on Navy Special fuel oil. And on and on.

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      by JeffW on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 01:54:12 PM PDT

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    •  The Royal Navy was much larger than the USN (0+ / 0-)

      I believe we were more comperable to Japan and Germany.  France and Italy may have been as large.

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