In an article by Stephen Green for PJ Media, Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson and his May 21 Forbes column about carriers are quoted at length, which Green calls a “spot on” analysis. “Deployed carriers are always moving. And they are moving fast—fast enough, in fact, to outrun most submarines. Because they can sustain speeds of 35 miles per hour, the Nimitz-class carriers populating the current fleet can move to anywhere within a 700-square mile area within 30 minutes. After 90 minutes, that area grows to over 6,000 square miles. So finding a carrier isn’t the same thing for enemies as successfully targeting it. By the time their weapons arrive, it will likely be gone,” Thompson writes.
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