Sea Change

Brookhiser, Richard
May 1981
National Review;5/15/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 9, p556
The article focuses on the naval ship U.S.S. Nimitz in the U.S. The carrier can launch one plane every thirty seconds. It sailed in September 1979 for its third Mediterranean cruise. It spent three months in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian crisis. The impression of littleness given by a carrier is an optical illusion. As weapons have increased in range and effectiveness, the means of controlling them have become complicated. A Victory at Sea-type battle is as obsolete as battering rams and boarding parties. Emphasis is given on evasion, detection and surprise.


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