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Old 10-06-2017, 12:33 PM   #8
Fred Brackin
Join Date: Aug 2007
Default Re: [Ultra-Tech] What would naval warfare at TL10 look like?

Originally Posted by Daigoro View Post
There's an argument that carriers could be obsolete by TL10. To an approximation, they serve two functions:

a) Refuelling base for relatively short-range strike aircraft
b) Launch pad for strike aircraft to reach a target in a timely manner

You missed one. Long range air defense. Carrier-launched interceptors can reach a long way over the horizon and other surface ships are highly vulnerable to sea skimming attacks when limited to their own sea level air defenses.
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