Accession Number : ADA116602

Title :   A Method for Increasing the Firepower of Virginia Class Cruisers.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS ANALYSIS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Levin,Marc

PDF Url : ADA116602

Report Date : Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : This article examines another possible way of getting additional cruise missile firepower to sea in the near term. Virginia class (CGN 38-41) cruisers were chosen because of their unique design--they are the first U.S ships since World War II designed with a stern hangar. There is no place where additional missiles could be installed on the weather deck without structural changes or limiting the azimuth of the current guns and/or missiles. The hangar, though, provides the opportunity to add two additional quad launchers without modifying the ship's structure. Currently these ships are required to be able to launch, recover, and stow either an SH-2 or SH-3 helicopter. While they regularly recover and lauch helos, they have never deployed with a helicopter. The hangars have been used for various other purposes such as a crew's recreation area or as additional storage room. A decision should be made to require these ships to stow a helicopter or alternatively to be able to launch additional cruise missiles. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Cruisers, *Guided missile ships, *Firepower, *Cruise missiles, *Aircraft carriers, *Helicopters, Hangars, Space(Room), Storage, Ship sterns, Antiship warfare, Undersea warfare, Weapon system effectiveness

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Marine Engineering
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE