experimenting with SSMs May 25, 2020 18:43:12 GMT -5
Post by brygun on May 25, 2020 18:43:12 GMT -5
Not as big surface ship BBGs though. The real world has already transitioned to holy-tuna-bat-man quantity of 154 of tomahawk missiles from a former ballistic missile submarine. Each chamber that used to hole one nuclear missile now holds a quantity of tomahawks. Multiply by the number of nuclear missile tubes converted and you get 154. The ability of it as a submarine to park off of someone's coast is far more defensible for it than a BBG that many nations can track from orbit.
USS Ohio being converted from an SSBN to an SSGN in March 2004
In 1994, the Nuclear Posture Review study determined that, of the 18 Ohio SSBNs the U.S. Navy would be operating in total, 14 would be sufficient for the strategic needs of the U.S. The decision was made to convert four Ohio-class boats into SSGNs capable of conducting conventional land attack and special operations. As a result, the four oldest boats of the class—Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Georgia—progressively entered the conversion process in late 2002 and were returned to active service by 2008. The boats could thereafter carry 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 66 special operations personnel, among other capabilities and upgrades. The cost to refit the four boats was around US$1 billion (2008 dollars) per vessel. During the conversion of the first four submarines to SSGNs (see below), five of the submarines, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Nebraska, Maine, and Louisiana, were transferred from Kings Bay to Bangor. Further transfers occur as the strategic weapons goals of the United States change.