- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As predicted right here back in early October. From what I can tell, we are seeing a way of life in the Pacific Fleet being investigated. As they said on The Wire (best TV show ever), "That’s how they do." Or did.
Meanwhile, the Navy christened its last-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford. It isn’t clear to me (and to people much more knowledgeable than me) what the role is in the 21st century, with the advent of satellite surveillance and long-range precision weaponry, of fat-target boats carrying short-legged aircraft. Maybe they’ll display it alongside the USS Constitution?