If we had kept the F-14 / Phoenix would that have been a thorn in the side of the advocates for big carrier escorts (cruisers/DDX) with long range SAM’s?
Whoa-ho! That’s just a bit out there!
And I’m thinking there’s more than a little sense in it. If only we could figure out how retiring the F-14 / Phoenix guaranteed that battleships would never never ever be reactivated, I’d be buying it.
As I said in the Phoenix post:
The AIM-120 AMRAAM has replaced the Phoenix [as fleet defender], but its range of around 20 miles is only one-fifth the range of the Phoenix.
And as Buckethead (who always seems to weigh in on naval matters) writes in the Tomcat post:
[The Navy’s] only hope is to buy into some of the UCAV programs, otherwise – aside from having billion dollar cruise missile launching frigates – they won’t have any credible power projection capability at all.
But hey, at least we’re saving money by cutting the attack sub fleet! That’s gotta count for something.