(See J. Patch, pp. 17-20, January 2010 Proceedings)
Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)—Commander Patch tries to make his point in the last sentence of his first paragraph, "Carrier proponents, however, universally seem to accept on faith alone the premise that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) is essentially invulnerable." Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the cover headline which trumpets, "Carriers Could Be Sunk," is a non sequitur of the first order. Admiral Tim Keating is no exception to the fact that the carrier's vulnerability is widely recognized, especially by those who sail in them and fly from them; but what ship is not? What land-based system is not? What airborne system is not?