I did a little Google research today. Right this minute, we have 11 aircraft carriers, 22 cruisers, 66 DDG's. 29 Frigates. That is ALL of the surface combatants in the United Sttes Navy!! And you really can not count the FFG's as surface combatants since they are only armed with ONE 76mm Otto Mellaro Guinea gun, and it is mounted mid-ships and cannot fore forward or aft!! So, that means we only have 99 Surface Combatant ships in the United States Navy!!
Having two DDG's next to Lybia is REALLY a big chunk of our combatant resources.
Yes we have Amphibious landing ships like LSD's. LHA's and LHD's and a couple of San Antonio Class money pits, but they are no more combatants ships that the LCS is! No guns, No missiles, No good!!
And yes we have 53 attack submarines, 14 fleet ballistic missile submarines, and 4 Tomahawk shooting submarines. But again, they do not project power on the open ocean like a surface combatant bristling with guns and missiles
Now, since the Senate and House cannot make a budget and since the supper committee failed to make a budget, the Military is facing an even BIGGER budget cut! Yet, none of the politicians talk about it or offer solutions. Now, in Representative Paul Ryan's defense, the House DID vote on, pass, and send to the Senate a budget. But Harry Reid would NOT let it come to a vote. So, here we are, the world on the verge of a nuclear war, and us without a Navy!
The former Premier of the Soviet Union said the United States would collapse from inside! He said that in the early 1960's, but it appears he was correct.
Can we change it? Maybe, but it will take some real courage on the part of the politicians and some real sacrifice on the part of the American people. But I fear neither will muster up enough courage to take the first step!