Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier (Tom Clancy's by Tom Clancy

By Tom Clancy

They're floating towns with crews of millions. they're the linchpins of any army procedure, for they supply what has turn into the major to each conflict fought considering the fact that global battle I: air superiority. The mere presence of a U.S. naval provider in a area is an automated demonstrate of energy that sends a message no strength enemy can forget about. Now, Tom Clancy welcomes you aboard for an in depth examine how those floating behemoths functionality. along with his trademark type and eye for aspect, Clancy brings you naval strive against procedure like nobody else can.Carrier includes:

* Takeoffs and landings: flying into the risk zone
* The plane onboard: their diversity, their strength, their weaponry
* The function of the provider in smooth naval warfare
* particular photos, illustrations and diagrams
Plus: An interview with the U.S. Navy's leader of Naval Operations, Admiral Jay Johnson

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But doing that trivializes the true value of the carriers to America and her allies. Among the lessons the last few years have taught us is one that’s inescapable: The United States has global responsibilities. These go far beyond simply maintaining freedom of maritime lines of communications and supporting our allies in times of crisis. Whether we like it or not, most of the world’s nations look to America as a leader. And these same nations (whether they want to say so officially or not) see us as the world’s policeman.

However, their contributions have taken on a deadly new relevance in the post-Cold War world. One of the tragic truths about America’s winning of the Cold War was that we did it with anyone who would help us. S. frequently backed any local dictator with a well-placed air or naval base and a willingness to say that Communism was bad. The need to contain the ambitions of the Soviet Union and their allies took a front seat to common sense and human rights. The result was a series of alliances with despots ranging from Ferdinand Marcos to Manuel Noriega.

Necessary to keep the battle groups modern and credible. And then consider that not all twelve battle groups are available at one time. Because the ships need periodic yard service and the crews and air crews need to be trained and qualified, only two or three CVBGs are normally forward-deployed. ) Is this handful of mobile airfields worth the cost? The answer depends on the responses to several other questions. Such as: How much influence does our country want to have in the world? What kind?

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