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Paul Ryan (r): ….If these cuts go through, our Navy will be the smallest, the smallest it has been since before World War I….

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

Oh, God. The Navy of WW 1. More coastal defense monitors and dreadnaughts, please. #FactsMatter 8:59 PM – 11 Oct 12

What is it with right wingnut republicans and dreadnaughts? Just asking.

Previously:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): comparing apples to navel oranges (February 16, 2012)

U.S.Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 1917-1923

11/11/18

Battleship 39

Monitors, Coastal 7

Cruisers 31

Destroyers 110

Frigates 17


Submarines 80

Mine Warfare 53

Patrol 350

Auxiliary 87

Surface Warships 204

Total Active 774

The last Coast Defense Monitor went out of commission in 1921.

[emphasis added]

U.S.Navy Active Ship Force Levels, 2007 to 2011

9/30/11

Carriers 11  

Cruisers 22

Destroyers 61

Frigates 26
 

LCS * 2

Submarines 53

SSBN 14

SSGN 4
 

Mine Warfare 14  

Amphibious 31  

Auxiliary 47  

Surface Warships 122    

Total Active 285  

* Littoral Combat Ship

[emphasis added]

Because modern defense systems have fewer capabilities than those of almost a century ago.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): still obsessed with those navel oranges (July 24, 2012)