Escorts - a useful term? Why not say 'frigates and destroyers'?

Yokel

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hate to break this to you, but everything is devoted to protecting the carrier, even unto the FFG/DDG on the inbound bearing of the ASM making a beeline for the carrier sacrificing itself to protect it.

you can forsee many things, but frigates to protect lone merchant ships will never happen.

The idea is to splash incoming missiles.

But that was not my point, was it? It was that carriers have frequently protected other forces - as only they can put fighters or multiple ASW helicopters into the air, as long range task group weapons. Those aircraft work in conjunction with the 'escorts'.
 
The idea is to splash incoming missiles.

But that was not my point, was it? It was that carriers have frequently protected other forces - as only they can put fighters or multiple ASW helicopters into the air, as long range task group weapons. Those aircraft work in conjunction with the 'escorts'.

if you can’t splash the missile, in extremis you put yourself in the way, don’t chaff, make yourself the big target and die bravely so the Queen lives
The Escorts are there to protect the carrier. Like loyal worker bees, They live for the Queen, and will die for her.
 

Yokel

LE
if you can’t splash the missile, in extremis you put yourself in the way, don’t chaff, make yourself the big target and die bravely so the Queen lives
The Escorts are there to protect the carrier. Like loyal worker bees, They live for the Queen, and will die for her.

Yes. But....

1. The strike/task group will often be performing an escort type role - would it help to see the declassified US Navy document that talks of their plans for Atlantic wartime deployments - three in the GIUK gap and beyond to take out Bears and Backfires, with ASW and ASuW as needed, and another three across the Atlantic to aid ASW and deal with any aircraft that got through.

2. An LPD/LPH carring hundreds of Marines and their equipment is also a High Value Unit. So are the ships carrying large amounts of armour etc.

3. The carrier's aircraft do not operate in isolation but with, and with the support of, other ships in the strike/task group.
 
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