Should the remaining iowa class battleships be reactivated?

I have now checked into this idea for a Year now and i fouind out that. 1. An Iowa class battleship has way to much armor to be pierced by Cruise missle or harpoon. 2. The modern guns of the Battleship can rip a modern destroyer/cruiser in half, and a CV would be dead in the water after one hit. 3.True... show more I have now checked into this idea for a Year now and i fouind out that.

1. An Iowa class battleship has way to much armor to be pierced by Cruise missle or harpoon.

2. The modern guns of the Battleship can rip a modern destroyer/cruiser in half, and a CV would be dead in the water after one hit.

3.True battleships can be targeted by Subs but that is why you usually have battleships screened by a destroyer or with subs, just like with any carrier fleet today.

4. Modern advances in the battleships could be made today at the cost little since ramjet projectiles have already been successfully tested and fired at 100nm.

5. Arguing the Battleships reactivation cost is useless since reactivation and modernization together costs as much as a mdoern missle frigate.

6. Manpower is a joke since it takes 5000+ men to run a CV when a Iowa class Battleship takes 1,921 men at maxmium capacity (minimum is 800+)
Update: 7. A battleship can make decisions easier when invading on a beach easier than a destroyer using tomahawk missles. 8. Battleships have All weather status and are not affected by any kind of weather including hurricanes. 9. a Battleships will only take 1-2 million a year to maintain. at the same time a... show more 7. A battleship can make decisions easier when invading on a beach easier than a destroyer using tomahawk missles.

8. Battleships have All weather status and are not affected by any kind of weather including hurricanes.

9. a Battleships will only take 1-2 million a year to maintain. at the same time a aircraft carrier cost's several Millions to replace missles and aircraft.

10. Reactivation and Modernization will only take 1-2 years.

11. Reactivation costs are $500 million and modernization is $2 billion.

12. To further Technology of the Battleships would cost an additional million if not less for the projectiles to be but into production.

13. True no such personell know or are trained to operate a battleship main gun but can easily be taught.

14. some reportes have indicated a battleship's main guns could be used as anti aircraft if the time detonation fuzes could be computer operated with it's target and shoot 10mm sabot shells plus shrapnel when shell explodes.
Update 2: 15. Some 5" guns on the battleships could be removed to put more Phalanx CIWS on the ship to inprove it's anti-aircraft/ anti missile capabilies. 16. No ship or missile in the world is designed to take out the battleship with one shot or with many massed attacks. 17. Battleship Survivability since... show more 15. Some 5" guns on the battleships could be removed to put more Phalanx CIWS on the ship to inprove it's anti-aircraft/ anti missile capabilies.

16. No ship or missile in the world is designed to take out the battleship with one shot or with many massed attacks.

17. Battleship Survivability since they use STS (special treated steel) of belt armor reinforced by large Bulk heads and Barbettes.
Update 3: True The Turrent on the USS Iowa did explode but it only did so little damage to the ship that it can easily be repaired and which was considered in the Gao Reports i read so that turrent has already been included into the math.
Update 4: 19. True Air Supeiority is nessicary but when it comes down to shore bombardment, Planes can be intercepted, sometimes ineffective economically and phyisically, and usually avoided by the enemy until the marines come on up to the shore to attack.
Update 5: Currently building new battleships would be.....truely expensive depending upon thier armaments and capabilities.
Update 6: 21. Surface ships were built for Naval presence, if we did not want Naval presence we would have built the arsenal ship back then but it can down to the fact that the arsenal ship could be easily struck by one harpoon missile and probably blow up the whole ship because of it's weak armor and heavy armament... show more 21. Surface ships were built for Naval presence, if we did not want Naval presence we would have built the arsenal ship back then but it can down to the fact that the arsenal ship could be easily struck by one harpoon missile and probably blow up the whole ship because of it's weak armor and heavy armament beyond it's own defensive capabilities to protect exposed weapons whereas the battleship can protect it's magazine and it's missiles with several anti-air/missile weapons and thick enough armor to make sure they don't explode by the bullet.
Update 7: 22.Iowa class battleships today cannot be compared with the ships of yesterday due to the fact that technology back then againest aircraft was completely ineffective in most cases whereas today trying to hit a destroyer with a single harpoon is almost impossible but massed attacks would sink a destroyer after 1-3... show more 22.Iowa class battleships today cannot be compared with the ships of yesterday due to the fact that technology back then againest aircraft was completely ineffective in most cases whereas today trying to hit a destroyer with a single harpoon is almost impossible but massed attacks would sink a destroyer after 1-3 hits of harpoons.
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