I know she had to go eventually but I never like retiring large units needed for our defense before the replacement is ready.
I recall when 15 carrier battle groups with larger air wings was considered not nearly enough. I guess I'm just still stuck in the cold war but I always prefer going into any
negotiations from a position of strength.
It's too easy to cut a ship due to budget problems when it doesn't exist yet. If we've got by with out it so far we must not need it.
I've seen some "studies" that recommended only 5 carriers with only 3 being active at any one time. Of course there are those that believe we should reduce our nuke levels to 300 or less.
I sure hate to think about people like that getting a chance to run our country.
"A Mastiff is to a dog what a Lion is to a housecat. He stands alone and all others sink before him. His courage does not exceed temper and generosity, and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race" Cynographia Britannic 1800
"Unless you're the lead dog the view is pretty much gonna stay the same!"