Nuclear Warships Prove Effective in Battle
U.S. nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers have participated in many important military operations. Details of these operations are necessarily classified, but some declassified statistics reported in the 2011 Naval Reactors report demonstrate the battlefield effectiveness of nuclear-powered ships. The nuclear aircraft carrier “Enterprise arrived within striking distance of Afghanistan within 11 hours” after getting the news of the 9/11 strike on the twin towers of New York. In Operation Enduring Freedom, over 70% of all precision strike missions flown into landlocked Afghanistan were launched from Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and about a third of all Tomahawk precision missile strikes were launched from nuclear-powered submarines.”
In Operation Iraqi Freedom, nuclear-powered submarines accounted for about a third of the more than 800 Tomahawk missiles launched against Saddam Hussein's regime, and nearly 8000 combat and support sorties had been from nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.”
This is just a few examples from one report, which concluded by noting the impressive work of the nuclear carrier USS Ronald Reagan in providing support and rescue work to the people impacted by the earthquakes and tsunami in the Fukushima area of Japan.