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Whats the difference between a DDG and a CG? It doesn’t matter the US Navy can’t afford either!

Whats the difference between a DDG and a CG? It doesn’t matter the US Navy can’t afford either!

Modern Military | Future Arms & Current News
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 4, 2021) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) transits the South China Sea, Nov. 4, 2021. Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tyler R. Fraser)

Most of the DLGs became cruisers (CG), but the smaller Farraguts became destroyers (DDG). All of the nuclear-powered DLGNs, existing or in construction, were redesignated as CGNs.

The change from DLG to CG redefined “cruiser” as smaller ships, more like large destroyers.

We can not afford DDG(X) or CG(X). 

Flight III DDG-51 needs to be good enough for the foreseeable future – in fact, the Navy is already top-heavy with large surface combatants, and the new “mini-cruiser” frigate class, Constellation, is far too expensive to build in the necessary quantity.

Maybe we should advocate building an ASW/ASUW variant of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) – in quantity?

Moreover, if we don’t get carried away, we should be able to build it for half the cost of USS Constellation.

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Whats the difference between a DDG and a CG? It doesn’t matter the US Navy can’t afford either!