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The Five Most-Powerful
Navies on the Planet

National Interest Magazine, by Kyle Mizokami

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/8/2014 5:23:20 AM

It’s a universal truth handed down since antiquity: a country with a coastline has a navy. Big or small, navies worldwide have the same basic mission—to project military might into neighboring waters and beyond. The peacetime role of navies has been more or less the same for thousands of years. Navies protect the homeland, keep shipping routes and lines of communication open, show the flag and deter adversaries. In wartime, a navy projects naval power in order to deny the enemy the ability to do the same. This is achieved by attacking enemy naval forces, conducting amphibious landings, and seizing control

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 6/8/2014 8:39:20 AM     (No. 9877191)

Good article. The Chicom build-up is a concern. They are building an artificial island as we speak to put forces in disputed water in the South China Sea. If the US would bring manufacturing back to the homeland, China´s growth would reverse in a week which would not be a bad thing.

An interesting story about our navy´s capabilities:

At a conference in France where a number of international engineers were participating, one of the French engineers came into the room saying ´Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.

What does he intend to do, bomb them?´

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ´Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed over 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?´

You could have heard a pin drop.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Doctor P, 6/8/2014 9:49:40 AM     (No. 9877274)

Nature abhors a vacuum. As the US power wanes, others will try to fill that void. China, Japan, and India are all big regional powers that will test each other.

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