posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 07:14 AM
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
The Pacific Fleet is obviously what they would use to defend Taiwan. That's why it's called the Pacific Fleet. LOL More specifically, they would use
the Seventh Fleet since they handle WESTPAC and Asia.
I doubt China would go nuclear, not on a carrier no less. But if they did, let's just say you better do whatever you want to do and prepare for the
End of the World As We Know It.
I also doubt we would lose all four. At the most, we'd lose just one. But even if it was just one, the affects of that loss would be drastic. That's
about 70 fewer aircraft to liberate and defend Taiwan. Not to mention the aircraft carrier, the most powerful and formidable weapon ever in history,
get's destroyed. That would be a huge blow to America's ego and a horrible blow to the moral of Taiwan's citizens, the ROC military, and definitely
our own troops. It'll be a huge momentum swing for the Chinese. It may also force the U.S. to start going "outside the box" with politics and
diplomacy to try to resolve the mess.
Still, China's gonna need to go a long way before it can actively challenge the U.S. Navy on the seas. So for now, China's threat to U.S. naval
vessels is through land and air.
The U.S. Navy is much smaller than it's late Cold War days, but one thing it has a lot of is submarines. Close to 100 of them.
IMO the only way the chinese can effectively sink a carrier is by nuking it..
Any other conventional means please relay onto me, for I find it difficult to fathom the sink of a carrier, forget a USN nuclear carrier..
Yes, to incapacitate a carrier so that it can't move about.. (well placed shots at the propeller) is possible with much lesser amts of firepower..
But again I am told that all carriers have an awareness/strikable radius of 1000kms.. So any raiding(surface) party should be detected once they
breach that radius or at least at say 500 km..
I doubt (going through the vessel list on the 1st page) any PLAN surface vessel(s) will be able to reach striking distance of the carrier in order to
Esp. if the carrier(s) are say 500 to 750 km of the nearest chinese/taiwanese coast...
Thats blue water territory and IMO only subs and destroyers can go out that far (that too with strong supply lines/comm for the surface ships..)
All the chinese subs(including the SSBNs) are far too noisy to slip through.. and hence IMHO the only way the PLAN can effectively maime a carrier is
by assembling a small/highly trained kilo sub strike force..
Only the kilos will probably have a good chance of slipping through undetected..
The US obv. aware of this will look to pre-emptively take out the kilos first..
Summary: Pretty tough to even maime a carrier..esp. if you're a brown water
navy and the carrier's way out to sea..
Carriers are awesome strike weapons
EDIT: How many kilos does the PLAN have??
[edit on 16-4-2005 by Daedalus3]