Originally posted by KnawLick
reply to post by Zaphod58
IOh yeah and they have the Aegean missile ship in every strike group, whose sole purpose is to keep the flagship carrier alive... "we are quite protected from your pitiful band of rebels, skywalker"
What in heaven's name is an "Aegean misslie ship"? I believe you must be talking about the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which is an upgrade to the Aegis Combat System that has been in place for many years. It's not a "ship," it's a combat system deployed on multiple ships at the same time. A Carrier Strike Group is composed of several support ships that deploy this system. This includes a destroyer squadron, which is normally four Arleigh-Burke class destroyers, plus a Ticonderoga class cruiser, plus an attack submarine or two with a few frigates thrown in for good measure. The destroyers, cruiser, and carrier TOGETHER form the Aegis defense system, which amounts to a protective bubble around the entire strike group.
The upgraded system uses an SM-3 anti-ballistic missile specifically designed to take out missiles such as we are discussing here. They can even take out satellites. here's a description. Perhaps this is why the US Navy does not seem particularly concerned about reports of a Chinese "carrier killer." It's not as if they are incapable of defending themselves.
edit on 6/12/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)