How does carrier replace battleship as a modern capital ship ? (Part 4)
Compare again with carrier. Say the same scenario - a carrier was visited by a group of enemy aircraft. The "sphere of influence" of a carrier is larger than battleship, and the planes will be intercepted by the fighter-fighter CAP (combat air patrol) around the battleship. CAP patrol distance is indeed much farther than the maximum range of naval gun battleship. Moreover CAP US Navy carriers are radar-shaped, more likely to intercept the opponent's aircraft. And unlike battleship, where the opposing plane can "hang out" beyond the range of AA ships, the CAP-caught aircraft will be immediately pursued in WVR, otherwise known as "dogfight" so that the whole attack becomes dispersed. In addition, hundreds of machine-gun / cannon bullets fired from one plane to drop another plane can be practically more economical than a DP gun effort in anti-aircraft function that fires dozens of large-caliber bullets in doing the same.
About flexibility, the carrier is absolutely no problem. There are three types of aircraft carried by aircraft carrier, namely fighter, dive-bomber and torpedo-bomber. Several types of aircraft double as dive / torpedo bomber. The enemy sent the plane ? Just send a fighter. The enemy sends a surface combatant ? Send a bomber dive and torpedo bomber and fighter if necessary, as an escort. Target on land ? Use a dive-bomber or dive / torpedo bomber. Moreover, the aircraft can be deployed in all directions to be free to fight against various targets. Finally, the effectiveness of these planes is not limited by distance. The accuracy of the naval gun battleship will decrease with distance, but not so with the plane. The plane still has to get closer to the target, so the ammunitions they drop will always be more accurate, and not affected by their distance from their ship.
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