USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere
Last week saw an interesting footnote for our Navy with the decommissioning of USS Simpson (FFG-56). The Simpson was the last modern U.S. Navy warship to sink an enemy vessel in action. Not to take anything away from her, but Simpson’s exchange was a brief and lopsided affair – but well executed. Let’s pause for a bit and ponder where we are in our modern understanding of the reality of war at sea. Though we have good data-points (mostly damage control) as an institution the US Navy is sailing without too many benchmarks about what her strong points and weak point are going to be when once again she finds herself at war at sea.