Aug

12

 The announcement of Paul Ryan's candidacy took place in Norfolk where the U.S.S. Wisconsin is now berthed. The Wisconsin is an Iowa-class– the last and largest type of gunned surface ship.

It is interesting to compare statistics of the Iowa class battleships with the ones for the last two classes of WW II submarines — the Tench and Balao.

The submarines had crews 2.5-3% of the size of the battleships. Their displacements were 4-5% of the battleships.

Overall, the submarine force was 1.6% of the total number of personnel in the U.S. Navy engaged in the Pacific theater. Submarine attacks accounted for the sinking of over 5 million tons of Japanese military and merchant shipping - 54% of the total. This is remarkable given the fact that U.S. torpedoes were close to useless for the first 18 months of the war.
 


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