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Monday, December 14, 2015

Submarine Warfare Against Aircraft Carriers: Lessons the Chinese are Studying

Interesting piece by U.S. Naval War College Associate Professor Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest "How to Sink a U.S. Navy Carrier: China Turns to France For Ideas"
The revelation that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier group could be so vulnerable to a nuclear submarine did not make the mainstream media, and no mention was made by the many attentive defense analysts on this site, so it seems. However, the Chinese defense media does not miss much, especially concerning the capabilities of U.S. Navy carrier groups. In fact, a special issue of 兵工科技 [Ordnance Industry Science and Technology] (2015, no. 8) covered this “event,” featuring an interview with Chinese Submarine Academy professor 迟国仓 [Chi Guocang] as its cover story under the title: “A Single Nuclear Submarine ‘Sinks’ Half of an Aircraft Carrier Battle Group.”
There are a whole bunch of caveats, but the need for strong U.S. anti-submarine warfare skills is certainly suggested by the article.


  1. Anonymous11:13 AM

    So, we ditched the S3s to make it more sporting?


  2. As a former U.S. submariner please allow me to interject what has become obvious to me. China never had to consult France to determine a submarine's potential leathality to a CVN.

    Why? Because a former U.S. navy captain with 30 years experience in both SWO and sub commands has "publicly confirmed" the vulnerability of carriers to some subs. I repeat: Publicly confirmed.

    China is just fishing for any extraneous intel it can pick up from the French. -- Not to worry, however, as France's navy is almost as savvy as ours in protecting sensitive intel. Matter of fact, the U.S. submarine service has been unsurpassed in its diligence and discipline in protecting SECRETS.

    So, what should experience readers deduce from a capricious Chinese undertaking? Gee, perhaps hostile subs are more vulnerable to detection than "publicly" thought. Oh well!