Last month, within 24 hours—a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti, and the Taliban seized Kabul. In both cases, the President turned to the Navy for offshore capabilities made possible only by large warships.
From this experience, one might conclude that the Navy should continue to focus on large ships, but that isn’t the full picture. Going forward, the U.S. will need a balance of both large and small warships, especially in the event of a major war with China.
The big ships were called upon to assist with the evacuation from Afghanistan. The Ronald Reagan carrier strike group had earlier been directed from East Asia to the Arabian Sea to provide air support. The repositioning was controversial at the …