Oh, really? First of all, that's 50% per fighter. 3 fighters would have their probablilities stacked just as AA units get their chances stacked. Second, AEGIS cruisers have 4 AA, right? That does not mean 40%. That means they have a .4/3.4 chance of shooting down a bomber. How do I get that odd number? The formula for a unit's AA chance of shooting down a plane is (AA/10)/(bombers defense + (AA/10)). Thus, we have (4/10)/(3 + (4/10)). .4/3.4 is around 1/8. Doesn't sound that efficient now, does it? One jet fighter costs around the same (don't quite remember what the AEGIS costs), yet it has a 50% chance, while your AEGIS cruiser has a measly 12.5% chance. To get anywhere near the 50%, you'd need four AEGIS cruisers. Which costs about the same as three jet fighters and a carrier. Put a bomber on the carrier, and now you don't need the AEGIS cruisers for bombardment either. A Destroyer is less expensive than an AEGIS cruiser, and you'd only need one to hunt for subs. So, yes, a carrier and destroyer combo costs more than AEGIS cruisers do, but not much more. And at the same time, the carrier and destroyer are MUCH more effective. Pah. 5 whole inches? That's what destroyers use. And as far as animations go, it'd be much cooler to have them firing off missiles than to see a barely detectable flash from a miniscule gun. You don't need to apologize for reciprocating. Two arguments defeat this sort of logic. 1. They ease the capture of cities, just like artillery do. Or, if you like, we can twist that around into: Does Artillery capture cities? No. Therefore they are pointless. I don't think anyone sane will agree with that statement. 2. Fun factor. Sure, if you want you certainly CAN build nothing but a bunch of transports and cover them with two battleships, and leave it at that. But that's no fun, man. That's too gamey. If that worked in real life, you would not be an agumentative brit, rather you'd be speaking German, and your parents' life (or yours, if you're old enough) in a brutal fascist society would have quashed the argumentativeness out of you.