(See H. J. Hendrix and J. N. Williams, pp. 21–26, May 2011 Proceedings)
Richard Selman—Captain Hendrix’s and Lieutenant Colonel Williams’ assertion that the supercarriers are superfluous lies beyond my comprehension of the laws and prerogatives of the sea. In one sentence they state CVNs are extremely vulnerable and in another maintain that cost and signature are the primary concerns. The projected amphib function of the America class is curious at this point, since a major amphibious operation has not been made in decades. Also, given the fact that the light carrier cannot launch and recover fixed-wing aircraft simultaneously, these assault ships would not be able to fulfill many combat requirements. Hangar space would be restricted as well as ordnance storage. Why CVNs would be more vulnerable than amphibs was never shown.