Two New Threats To US Aircraft Carriers

Posted August 8th, 2010 by Iron Mike

Since the Battle of Midway, American aircraft carriers have ruled the oceans.  In recent years they have proven capable of providing close air support as far inland as Afghanistan.  For forty years the Russian [USSR] navy exhausted itself trying to level the naval playing field, mostly by building a huge fleet of huge submarines.  We almost always knew exactly where they were.  Now the world knows.

That was then.  This is now.  Things are changing, getting more dangerous.
In recent times we’ve operated our carriers in unusually crowed and restricted waters, like the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Japan, and the waters off Taiwan.  The Iranians and the Red Chinese have hated that.  The game may be about to change.  While our Navy has been refocused on promoting diversity, our enemies have been making plans to sink our carriers.

Last week the MSM finally recognized that China’s work developing their new DF-21 missile might be a game changer.  Duh! 
 

Today the Iranian Navy just went public launching four new littoral submarines, boats designed to work at short ranges and in shallow waters – i.e. the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.  Our ability to conduct naval operations there in support of our forces in Iraq just got a lot more dangerous.  

A half-dozen of these mini-subs in a wolf pack, attacking a carrier group traveling through the Straits of Hormuz, would probably get lucky at least twice.  Do you think Obama cares?   Wanna bet the Iranians had Russian design and engineering help, or ~ maybe ~ Chinese?

 

   /s/  Iron Mike
   Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!

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