Arsenal Ship Omnibus

Zimmerman, W. Frederick

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The Arsenal Ship was the most innovative naval weapons concept of the late 20th Century: a stealthy vessel armed with 500 Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes and manned by a crew of only 25 or 30 sailors, intended to rain precision-guided missiles on enemies from a safe distance; a “force multiplier” that was seen as an integral part of the Revolution in Military Affairs. The arsenal ship fascinated military thinkers in the mid-90s, although there was spirited debate over the wisdom of putting s