The truth is that they have very feeble defenses against any attack with anything more modern than cannon.I’ve argued before no carrier group would survive a saturation attack by huge numbers of low-value attackers, whether they’re Persians in Cessnas and cigar boats or mass-produced Chinese cruise missiles.On board the Blue Ridge, the vice admiral’s command ship anchored at Yokosuka, huge display screens allow officers to track the movements of any country’s military vessels cruising from the international date line in the east to the African coast in the west—the range of the Seventh Fleet’s zone of influence. It’s so stupid, that first line, I won’t even bother with it: “The purpose of the Navy is not to fight.” No kidding.
I’ve been saying for a long time that aircraft carriers are just history’s most expensive floating targets, and that they were doomed.
But now I can tell you exactly how they’re going to die.
I’ve just read one of the most shocking stories in years.
It comes from the US Naval Institute, not exactly an alarmist or anti-Navy source.
Every time stealth tech jumped another step, the carrier was more obviously a bad idea.
Smaller, cooler-running engines: another bad sign for the carrier. The lesson here is the same one all of you suckers should have learned from watching the financial news this year: the people at the top are just as dumb as you are, just meaner and greedier.Subscribe to Radio War Nerd through the show’s Patreon page.The political establishment’s racist, authoritarian reaction to the 1992 LA riots—blaming broken black families, massing cops and troops, and Ron Paul’s advice to his family on how to kill black “animals” and get away with it…So it doesn’t matter one god damn whether the people in the operations room of a targeted carrier could track the Dong Feng 21 as it lobbed itself at them. Kind of a trick question; a siege mortar is a ballistic missile, just unguided.They might do a real hall-of-fame job of tracking it as it goes up and comes down. Let me repeat the key sentence here: “Ships currently have no defense against a ballistic missile attack. A trebuchet on an upslope outside a castle is a ballistic weapon.Because of a short little sentence I found farther on in the article—and before you read that sentence, I want all you trusting Pentagon groupies to promise me that you’ll think hard about what it implies.