A report written last year by retired US naval aviator Henry Hendrix puts the navy’s decision in context. Hendrix notes the combat range of US carrier-based strike aircraft is less now than during the Vietnam War. The combat range has fallen from up to 1800 nm to 496 nm, due to an emphasis on aircraft fleet standardisation and high sortie rates, and the cancellation of replacement aircraft projects. He also notes the development by regional powers of anti-ship ballistic missiles with a range of 1000 nm.
Le rapport cité ci-dessus: CarrierAirWing-151016-CNASReport-