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It's impossible to hide naval units, especially in this age of satellite recon. The fact that they're moving at 30 knots is not really relevant when they're hit by a nuclear missile travelling at 1000-10000 knots.

It's not like the Royal Navy has that many ships, and even fewer which have or could be given the capability to carry missile with a range long enough to hit their very distant targets. The ships would have to be specially built to carry big enough missiles, and such modifications would radically reduce their conventional capacity. Which is why there are dedicated vessels to carry these weapons, namely nuclear missile submarines.

The problem with cruise missiles is that they have short range, at best 1000 km, while Trident clocks in at 7360 km.

If you for example wanted to reach Moscow, the entire nuclear armed Royal Navy surface force would have to be stationed in the Gulf of Finland... With Trident, you can reach even Vladivostok or Beijng practically while lying at the quay in Faslane, or at least from positions in the Norwegian sea.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 10:10:35 AM EST
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