The Navy's Multimission Carrier Airwing--Can the Mission Be Accomplished with Fewer Resources?

LCD-77-409: Published: Sep 12, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1982.

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In response to budget constraints, the Navy reduced the number of aircraft carriers from 24 in the mid-1960's to 13 today. While the carriers today are fewer in number, they have more sophisticated weapon systems and other technological advances which partly offset the numerical difference. This technology upgrading is a continuous process and can be illustrated by the introduction of F-14 aircraft, which replaced the F-4's.

To cope with the reduction in carriers and to satisfy their mission requirements, the Navy combined the formerly separate attack and antisubmarine capabilities onto single carrier decks, thereby making carrier airwings multimission in nature.

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