Hence my worries about losses and coming up with possible spare flight decks.Towo different things here. Construction and refit/repair.
For more construction you need more orders. Not much call for nuclear powered supercarriers in the world. Build them faster you end up with gaps in work programmes. Workforce and/or skills then are lost. This happened in UK with SSN. Workforce and skills then took time to rebuild.
We still have a ton of airstrips on islands in the Pacific region - several are inactive or nature preserves, but they are there.
I did see the that scenario. That’s what got me thinking about emergency flight decks. The ship building capacity ain’t there and hauling out USS Lexington from museum status ain’t never gonna cut it.
I’m sure the PLAN is aware of the Philippine facilities. The Philippines have had numerous encroachments on their territorial waters and airspace. How secure can Clarke and Subic remain? That’s much closer to the PLAN’s comfort zone than Pearl.Additionally, though the missions would be long, aerial refueling would help. Remember too that we may well have access to Filipino airfields as well in the event of hostilities.
I’m sure the PLAN is aware of the Philippine facilities. The Philippines have had numerous encroachments on their territorial waters and airspace. How secure can Clarke and Subic remain? That’s much closer to the PLAN’s comfort zone than Pearl.
Just wondering, do the Aussies clean up Guadalcanal or do we?
Ah, is that why labor force participation has been climbing steadily?Today, where is the labor force? No one wants to work, even if a national emergency exists.
Ah, is that why labor force participation has been climbing steadily?
Sadly for businesses, there are lots of jobs available and there's wage competition. Bizarrely, workers leave lower-paying jobs with worse working conditions for higher-paying jobs with better working conditions.
Labor force participation has been been particularly driven by Blacks, ages 16-19.
Despite being a leading driver of employment growth for decades, manufacturing has shed employment over the past 40 years as the U.S. economy has shifted to service-providing industries. In June 1979, manufacturing employment reached an all-time peak of 19.6 million. In June 2019, employment was at 12.8 million, down 6.7 million or 35 percent from the all-time peak.1
Chip manufacturing is dominated by Taiwan. The US gave up most of it years agoThe key metrics, though, are in heavy industry and chip manufacture, not overall employment, no?
Trying to find numbers on chip-manufacture, will post if I do.
I'd bet we're doing very well with software development, which is also a vital resource for modern weaponry.
This issue was brought up in a recent copy of Warships IFR magazine covering a recent wargame, The First Battle of the Next War: Wargaming a Chinese Invasion of TaiwanIn WW2 the U.S. was able to produce ships at astonishing speed. Liberty ships were built on average every 42 days. One was built in a record 4 1/2 days. I think destroyers were built in about 10 months (I may be wrong on that). So how fast do you think the U.S. could build navy ships today if the need was dire compared to how long it normally takes?
What about aircraft? The U.S. was producing about 90 aircraft a day at its peak. The F-22 takes 2-4 months to make according to websites I see. How fast could those be turned around under the same scenario?
I got to admit there are more dry dock facilities than I thought.Re my post #20, I’ve now found the document I had in mind. Dated 30 Sept 1988 it contained details of all the dry docks in the various USN shipyards.
These are the ones then noted as being capable of handling a CVN.
Norfolk No.8 see p74-75 (p84-85 of the .pdf file). Completed 1942 & originally intended for construction of Montana class Battleship Louisiana. It is currently being upgraded.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Breaks Ground on $300 Million Renovation of its Carrier Drydock, Adjacent BerthsNorfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) broke ground for the renovation of its historic Dry Dock 8 and adjacent berths Feb. 15.www.dvidshub.net
Pearl Harbor No.4 p90-91 (p100-101 of the .pdf). Completed 1943
Puget Sound No.6 p128-129 (p138-9 of the .pdf). Completed 1962
The Refuelling and Complex Overhaul Work (RCOH) is carried out in the civilian yard at Newport News, alongside new construction.