|i was at a bookstore the other day and came across an interesting book called US Destroyers or 50 years of US Destroyers. anyway, I was reading about the Spru-cans when something jumped out at me. It said that VLS systems could not be installed in the aft (something I always wondered about) because of a lack of volume...engineering machinery and the propeller shafts were in the way. i know the Tico hulls are slightly longer than the Spru-cans, but is the slight length enough to allow the installation of the VLS in the aft, or is it something else (different machinery layout?) if the hulls are essentially the same, how did they find the space to squeeze in the VLS in Ticos' aft?
i also found it interesting the Kidds held only 24 missiles in their forward launchers and 44 in the aft....unlike the symmetrical armament of the Ticos with 44 front and back