Fresh from their unexpected victory over a superior Army football team, the Navy is racking up the wins with the Wednesday successful test of a laser weapon in the Gulf of Aden. The swabos unleashed this sci-fi blaster from the USS Portland.
The Navy and the Air Force are the traditional services that can project power all over the world. In these days of multiple challenges by myriad potential foes, the US Navy could be asked to simultaneously conduct defensive operations off Taiwan, in the Persian Gulf, in the Black Sea, and in a sealift capacity in regards to the deployment of Army units. A laser weapon could come in very handy in a variety of situations in those theaters.
Given the dramatic defense cutbacks of the Biden administration, the Navy and all other services will have to make due with less. That is all well and good until the fit hits the shan. Then somebody is going to have to stay after school.
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As many Democrats welcome this weakening of American military power, it should be to them that the public should look if we are engaged in a conflict or conflicts and do not have the power to prevail. To overcome these political problems and to stretch an already overextended force, new high tech weapons can fill a gap.
Drones, undersea unmanned weapons platforms, stealth ships, asymmetrical operations, and other classified activities will take center stage as threats proliferate and logistics can’t keep up. The Navy would do well to accelerate the R&D and deployment process of these force multipliers.
FNC: “The U.S. Navy on Wednesday released dramatic photos from a demonstration of a high-energy laser weapon system that ‘successfully engaged’ a floating target during a test in the Gulf of Aden.
The laser was test-fired from the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, which previously used the laser in May 2020 to destroy a drone, which was considered a first-of-its-kind test of such a weapon, USNI News reported.”
Bring out THE LASERS 💥 #USSPortland conducted a high-energy #laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, while sailing in the Gulf of Aden. #NavyCapability pic.twitter.com/AasAmjDDV1
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) December 15, 2021
“One of the best ways that our fleet is going to be able to fight and win is with speed-of-light laser technology types of weapons,” a Navy representative said.