Originally Posted by JohnK3
So, Schtuzen, what would you put on a new class of destroyer? Stealth tech? Hydroplanes? Tomahawks or other cruise missiles? What about a cruiser class? What would a 21st century cruiser look like? Special role, if any?
I'm not sure I like the idea of the CarrierWagon. I have some concerns with the idea:
How would you coordinate heavy guns and aircraft takeoff/landing simultaneously? I'd be concerned about hitting aircraft or other problems with the big guns. Missiles, however, sounds very feasible.
I think stealth tech should be included for sure, especially on destroyers and cruisers. We're getting better and better at that technology and I think it will be a definite part of any future naval vessels we design, let alone the speculative ships we're talking about here.
The carrier/battleship is just a thought, though it would seem that guns and planes would not likely be employed simultaneously. Gun armament is not likely to have a range much beyond 50 miles at most, even with modern technology added. Aircraft, of course, would still be used for deeper penetrations.
Now, as for cruisers, what would stop us from building a nuclear powered cruiser/submarine, i.e., a submarine the size of a modern cruiser but armed with large magazines of harpoons and tomahawks that could be fired from the surface or submerged. Equipped with stealth technology, it could theoretically operate on or below the sea. Yeah, it's a wild idea, but hey, that's the purpose of this thread.