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  •  "U.S. Navy still in search of Japan's Navy" (6+ / 0-)

    I heard something like that several years ago.
      We haven't had to fight on the sea since WWII.

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    by gjohnsit on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 12:40:48 PM PDT

    •  Funny how IJN in WW2 (1+ / 0-)
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      was always looking for that decisive battle in WW2, maybe a desire to achieve victory like they did when they crushed the Russian Navy in 1905.

      So in the context of your comment, right, the US Navy is looking for the WW2 IJN, like in WW2 the IJN was looking for the Russian Navy of 1905.

      BTW the Pacific Theater was won by Depression era ships. Yorktown was launched in 1935, Enterprise in 1936. The age of the carrier peaked in June of 1942, Battle of Midway.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 02:49:25 PM PDT

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      •  Age of Carrier Warfare (0+ / 0-)

        No, it wasn't just Depression era carriers which won the war in the Pacific Theater.  That statement could apply only to the carrier versus carrier combat which occurred early in the war when Japan still had carriers.  Even so, the US suffered setbacks during the various naval battles surrounding the Guadalcanal campaign.  It was the dozen or so Essex-class carriers which took the battle deep into Japanese held territory to sink the remainder of the Japanese fleet  and pulverize their island bases so that the American fleet and armies could move on the Japanese home islands.  Those new carriers, and the light carriers converted from light cruiser hulls and the escort carriers made from transports, didn't start deploying until 1943 at the earliest.

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        by PrahaPartizan on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 09:08:20 PM PDT

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    •  It's an old saying (0+ / 0-)
      Generals are always ready to re-fight the last war.
      Or words very close to that...

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 09:34:16 AM PDT

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