How to Hide a Task Force - Naval Air Power

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Unread post25 Jun 2017, 03:32

Just re-discovered this gem of a thesis on Naval Air Power. It's an insiders first hand account of how carrier aviation and surface strike group can be effectively employed close to enemy targets and landmasses, well within their threat bubble.
It covers general theory and historical events to illustrate that despite what many may regard as vulnerable, when operated correctly, a carrier and its strike group is as necessary and formidable as ever.

Although it is dated, the concept and reasoning/facts behind it still stand today. I found it both insightful and pertinent given the anxiety and worry over Chinese anti-ship missiles and their effect on carrier operations in the Pacific. It seems that in addition to modern countermeasures, the application of fundamental knowledge and old school skill/seamanship can go a long way toward negating an enemy's ability to strike our deployed carriers.

It's a fun read and extremely rich in detail and information. Also to see something written many years ago be validated in part only rather recently is quite fascinating. I refer to when everyone thought the Carl Vinson was steaming towards, and in the vicinity of, the Korean Peninsula. When in fact it was hanging out down under in Australian waters. That is just one facet of what the author describes as a strategy toward hiding a task force at sea.

Enjoy. And also reminisce about when the USN could routinely put 3 carrier groups together and a flotilla of dozens of ships for routine patrol/exercises.

How to Hide a Task Force
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