http://www.g2mil.com/battleships.htm "Two battleships should return to service and replace the two 35-year old Blue Ridge class flagships, and to fill several other roles. One battleship could serve as the 7th Fleet's flagship in Japan, and another as the 6th Fleet's flagship in Italy. Fleet flagships do not make lengthy deployments, so fuel costs would be low. Since battleships carry anti-ship, and 32 Tomahawk missiles, plus nine 16-inch guns, they do not require escorts when reacting to most world events, and can provide a sea control capability if necessary. Finally, no ship can "show the flag" better than a battleship." Good article which makes a lot of valid points on why at least 2 of the Iowa class battleships should be brought back into the fold in the US Navy.