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  • Role of the iowas in the 80's & 90's

    What role were they really meant for
    and did they fill that mission.I know you
    experts can explain it .thanks in advance

  • #2
    Originally posted by blackzz28 View Post
    What role were they really meant for
    and did they fill that mission.I know you
    experts can explain it .thanks in advance
    Well, first you have to enter Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine and journey to the year 1984. Like so:



    At that time the Navy was operating under a guidance known as the Maritime Strategy. Strictly speaking it wasn't a strategy at all, but rather a one size fits all form of Operational Art. Regardless, one must keep in mind that the expected adversary in almost every situation was the Soviet Union. The Maritime Strategy was crafted to: a) deter aggression on their part, and failing that; b) take the battle to his back yard. The minimum fleet required to fulfill that mission was held to be 15 CVBGs and 600 ships overall. Among those 600 ships, the decision was made to reactivate the Iowa-class battleships, and create BBBGs around them. Why? Because it freed the CVBGs up to be assigned to perform missions where naval air was really critical, while the BBBGs could perform missions that did not require that sort of air power. So, sea control, power projection in the littorals (see USS New Jersey in Lebanon), and defense and interdiction of Sea Lines of Communications (SLOC), became the missions to which the BBBGs would be assigned. All of this was intended to back the Soviets into their bastions the other side of the GIUK Gap, and to isolate their base at Vladivostok on the Pacific side, 11 time zones away. The BBs were one more thing that the Soviets had no choice but to counter; and they went bankrupt doing it. So in that light, they fulfilled their mission. They were never really challenged, but when called upon, they presented a very scary looking "big stick" that people couldn't help but notice when sitting off their coast.
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    • #3
      thanks that was a well put explaination. & makes alot of sense

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      • #4
        Originally posted by blackzz28 View Post
        thanks that was a well put explaination. & makes alot of sense
        You are welcome.

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