Opinion – Reloading vertical missile tubes at sea is within a crane arm’s reach

December 5, 2023

Defense News

Recent events in the Middle East raise questions about how best to sustain finite naval power in strategically important waters. The U.S. Navy destroyer Carney fired missiles mere weeks into its deployment; the destroyer Thomas Hudner downed drones twice in eight days; and the destroyer Mason foiled a piracy attempt after which two ballistic missiles were fired toward it. And all this in a maritime theater that does not host America’s “top pacing challenge.”

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