This video reveals the real power and threat that the U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyers (DDGs) and cruisers (CGs) can bring to bear when necessary.
Though I was a Navy Corpsman, I never had a shipboard experience as I was a “green side” Corpsman with the Marines for most of my enlistment. When I pulled this video up out of curiosity, I thought it would be interesting, but I had no idea how intense and complex and powerful these warships really were. I think those of you who have no real experience with naval warship capabilities will be as stunned as I was when I watched this. On the other hand, those of you who have served on these ships will take great pride in this presentation.
These ships are armed to the teeth with multiple variations of weapons systems from torpedoes, to the most sophisticated and powerful air defense and ship-to-ship weapons, as well as powerful guided missiles. They can take on multiple challenges at the same time with an intensity and efficiency that is, to be honest, mind-boggling. And the DDGs can do all of this at a top speed of 31 knots.
They are fast, powerful and deadly in more ways than one.
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But that isn’t all. Their crews are trained warfighters too, both with small arms weapons and tactics and the most complex high tech systems. They can do ship boardings, or defend from the same. They have helicopter capabilities as well. Each frame of this video brings up yet another of the capabilities of these warships.
It seems almost too much to take in, but those DDG and CG crews are trained to the highest levels in evey aspect of those ships multiple capabilities. The modern technologies involved are as complex and accurate as possible. Those young sailors in those crews are like Star Wars crews compared to back in my day. It is really quite impressive.
This video will keep your attention with its visuals and its text. You might want to watch it more than once to catch everything it presents about these mighty and dangerous U.S. Navy warships.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.