04 Aug '15, 11pm

[email protected] is answered on its fleet size piece yesterday.

Jacobson is careful to note that as a strict exercise in counting, Senator Graham—and others who have lately made this claim—are correct. In 1916, the Navy had 245 ships and today, the fleet size stands at 273. Where the piece takes issue with Graham’s claim is not in its numeracy, but in its relevance. Jacobson writes, “The types of ships active in both years, such as cruisers and destroyers, are outfitted today with far more advanced technology than during World War I. More importantly, the U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers (plus the jets to launch from them), 31 amphibious ships, 14 submarines capable of launching nuclear ballistic missiles and four specialized submarines for launching cruise missiles -- all categories of vessels that didn't even exist in 1916. And all are more effective at projecting seapower than their forebears.” Jacobson here echoes the thoughts of...

Full article: http://www.informationdissemination.net/2015/08/politifac...

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