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The Mobility of the USS Zumwalt would normally allow it to just avoid the pirates, but lack of fuel could force the ship to have to stand and fight... in which case, it would be a massacre. Even a civil war era ironclad could take countless shots from the kinds of weapons used by Caribbean pirate ships; so, a 21st century warship could literally just sit ...


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They Are Essentially Invulnerable A Zumwalt class destroyer (not a battleship by any means) is faster, better armed, and wind-independent. Speed may come down eventually (not sure what 'low fuel' actually entails) but being independent of the wind and mobile to the tune of say, 10 knots (1/3 the Zumwalt's max listed speed, which is itself probably and ...


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Could the modern battleship survive that long? Without any difficulty whatsoever. They have radar and have unrestricted mobility and high speed. If you meant an actual battleship of the WW1, WW2 type with thick armour and big guns, then it would be effectively invulnerable to cannon fire and has a wide selection of guns that would rapidly reduce a wooden ...


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Yes if you could get the van up to speed. If the van appeared and was high centered on some rocks, and the SWAT team tenaciously had no idea what was going on such that they did not fight back as the raptors got thru the windows, the SWAT team would be in trouble. But if the SWAT van appeared on I80 it could just drive. The van could outrun the raptors. I ...


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The absence of knowledge is the Zumwait's crews biggest disadvantage. During their first encounter with a pirate vessel, they would probably not consider it a threat until the pirates announced their intentions and/or fired their cannons. The results of that first cannon volley would strongly influence the survivability of the next 24 hours. If all key ...


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The Battleship will win. While quantity does have a quality all its own, that doesn't matter when there's this much of a disparity. The pirate cannons have a 0% chance of penetrating a Zumwalt-class's armor, while the Zumwalt wouldn't even need its main guns to knock out the pirates. Heck, even small-arms should be enough. The only way the pirates have even ...


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