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Originally posted by magicmushroom
Also its highly probable that if a confrontation took place China would go nuclear and nuke the carrier battle groups.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Two problems there. The SM-3 is NOT designed to go against an ICBM. It's designed for theater defense against IRBMs. The second problem is that there are something like 7 ships currently that are CAPABLE of deploying the SM-3 and the SM-3 is in very limited numbers. I believe the Navy currently has less than 100 of them.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
By the END of 2008 there will be 18 capable ships. This includes ships that are ONLY capable of the LRS&T mission, and NOT of firing the SM-3. The current number also includes at least 3 JSDF ships that have been modified or are in the process of being modified. The number of ships capable of SHOOTING the SM-3s is actually much lower.
The SM-3 that shot down the satellite was, in fact, designed—is part of the overall program—to shoot down ballistic missiles. But, as Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (and former commander of Strategic Command, the agency that runs the missile-defense program's operations), said at a Pentagon press briefing on Thursday, the SM-3 had been "modified" to shoot down the satellite. As reconfigured, he said, it was "not a missile defense system." The two tasks "do not correlate." The profile of the target and the nature of the intercept were "very different."
One reporter asked, "Does the whole episode then add to the knowledge that could be used or applied to missile defense at all?"
Cartwright replied, "Other than netting the sensors together, which is what we used for missile defense"—and which has been tried out in many previous missile-defense tests—"not really. I mean, it doesn't cross over."
Let's back up. The SM-3s, which are based on the Navy's Aegis-class cruisers, have been the most successful weapons in the multilayered missile-defense program. They have hit their target—a mock warhead—in 11 of their last 12 tests. The Pentagon didn't need to fire one against a satellite—a mission that involved much modification in its software—to show that, within the parameters of the test, it works.
Originally posted by daviroo
Originally posted by ian990003100
This is a conservative listing from about 3 years ago i have the naval institute guide to comabt fleets of the world 2005/2006
The thing to find out is have the UK deployed any ships or any other allied nations?
The US can't afford another war I don't think this is anything to worry about....
For people that were wondering about UK deployments, you can see them all on this map. here
Also the video on the top right of that link shows where everyone is and it shows one UK ship being deployed to the Pacific. A question I can't help asking is, is it wise to announce the positions of your entire fleet to the world over the internet?