I just saw a Navy commercial on the television with CVN 76 cruising across the screen. The view is from above the flight deck looking down. The flight deck has airplanes on it. Not as many as we used to have and no attack aircraft. Yes, I know they call the super hornet (lower case on purpose) an attack aircraft but it has very limited range and very limited ordnance carry capabilities.
So, this Super Carrier deck has a few F/A 18s and four E-2 variant aircraft, and a few helicopters. Hell, we could do that with a LHA! Thats not a Super Carrier it is a super disgrace!
I remember when Carriers had A-6 and A-7 Attack Aircraft, S-3 ASW hunter aircraft, EA-6B jammers, F-14 Tomcats, F-18 short range fighters and KA-6 Tankers.Not to mention H-53 helicopters for ASW and rescue.
I have said it before but it requires repeating; We must have a long range STRIKE capability like the A-6E provided to defeat the enemy. The A-6E carried 18000 pounds of ordnance!! If you tried to fly a F/A 18 with that much ordnance hung on the wings, it would not make it to taxi!!!
Our Navy is woefully under gunned! Now, I hear we are going to start work ups to put a jet drone on carriers. Great, now we are building multi-billion dollar model aircraft fields that float!!! Just who is making these decisions and what war did they fight in? You know the answer...