Navy carriers have outlived their usefulness, critics say

03/24/2013 | Defense News

Some military officers are raising criticisms about Navy aircraft carriers, calling them too expensive and unwieldy in the face of sophisticated enemy weapons. "After 100 years, the carrier is rapidly approaching the end of its useful strategic life," wrote Capt. Henry Hendrix in a report published this month by the Center for a New American Security. Former Pentagon chief Robert Gates has warned that the carriers are vulnerable to anti-ship missiles and other foreign weapons.

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