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5. From a Navy standpoint, they're still learning. And the learning curve is very, very steep.
Sun Jun 23, 2024, 10:55 AM
Jun 23

The strength of the US Navy isn't just our technological edge, but the depth and breadth of our experience, from officer corp to enlisted ranks. These are things we know how to do really, really well and took decades, in some cases a century to develop.

In my old world, they can match us in numbers of submarines, but much of their fleet is diesel electric. Quiet, but not as good at projecting power far from shore and for any significant length of time compared to US nukes. And quiet isn't the total equation. It's also knowing what to listen for. Thus, technology and experience.

Successful tactics and strategy don't come easy either. It's not like the surface fleet. It's a subset of Navy institutional experience that's extremely difficult to develop quickly. As difficult, maybe more so, than carrier flight ops. But in the 21st century, that's critical and, in my mind, is our most significant edge on them. They can have all the wonderful surface ships and submarines they want, but they're not much good if they're all resting on the bottom a week into hostilities due to inexperience.

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