What’s right with the Navy?
Regular readers know that ComNavOps is critical of many aspects of the Navy, both leadership and systems. The posts that address these problems make every effort to be fair, factual, and logical. Be that as it may, readers may, understandably, get the impression that nothing about the Navy is right and that’s just not true – not by a long shot. There is much that is right. This blog tends to focus on the problems in the hope that the various posts may offer some small bit of wisdom to the Navy. That said, it doesn’t hurt to occasionally recognize some of what’s right about the Navy. In no particular order, here are some strengths of the Navy. They may have associated problems but, in comparison to other navies, they represent definite strengths worthy of recognition.
The Average Sailor. The US Navy enjoys a level of education, motivation, and dedication in its ranks that is unmatched. This general competence and capability allows the Navy to achieve great things even in the face of questionable leadership policies or substandard systems.
Submarines. The submarine force represents a huge advantage over any potential enemy. No enemy force can match or counter our submarines. This is an advantage that should be emphasized and built upon.
Aegis. No AAW system in the world offers the capabilities of the Aegis-based combat system. Though unproven, there is every reason to believe that Aegis will prove successful in combat and offer a significant advantage.
Carriers. Although shrinking airwings are devaluing the carriers, the carrier force is still unmatched in power projection capability and provides an immensely powerful offensive force. The F/A-18 Hornet offers a capable aircraft suited to a variety of missions and able to operate in significant numbers from a mobile, floating airfield. That’s tough to beat!
Support and Logistics. The Navy’s various fleet support ships allow the Navy to operate far from home and for extended periods. No other navy has the extensive support enjoyed by the fleet although the recent cuts in support ships is troubling.
ComNavOps. No other navy has access to the sheer wisdom, insight, and analysis that ComNavOps offers. Heh, heh! Just checking to see if you’re still reading. Of course, … … it’s true!
Signal Processing. One of the Navy’s greatest military advantages is the sophisticated level of software signal processing associated with the various systems. This impacts detection, targeting, ECM, and every aspect of electronic operations. The Navy’s electronic systems can “pull” more information from their sensors than just the first order effects.
There are undoubtedly other strengths that could be included in this list but these should serve to demonstrate that the Navy is still a powerful force and that ComNavOps clearly recognizes this and encourages that recognition from regular readers.
What's right with the Navy? Plenty!