Rear Adm. Carlos Sardiello, commander of the USS Carl Vinson strike group, said trained US sailors “can operate in these complex and contested domains,” “be lethal and survivable,” and “execute the mission regardless of the threat.” ”. He added that the United States would be able to confront even Chinese missiles.
He told a group of reporters earlier this week: “I am absolutely confident that the carrier strike group can execute the mission for which it was designed effectively and safely.” The comments came as the aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Theodore Roosevelt conducted joint training with the Japanese destroyer JS Ise in the Philippine Sea.
Three US aircraft carriers are deployed in the Indo-Pacific despite rising tensions in the Middle East following Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip. Experts believe that the deployment of aircraft carriers in the area sends the message that the US military is “prepared to confront China and North Korea” in peacetime, reports Nikkei Asia.
Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific security chair at the conservative Hudson Institute think tank, said: “In times of war, Chinese rocket forces could try to sink aircraft carriers.” However, he explained that aircraft carriers “remain very significant” in showing the United States’ “commitment to security.”
Toshi Yoshihara, a researcher at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, said Japan’s major ports that host American warships, such as Sasebo and Yokosuka, “could come under intense attack,” adding that American aircraft carriers “will have to retreat to the second island chain, perhaps even to the east of the second island chain, because even Guam is no longer a sanctuary.”
David Ochmanek, an international and defense researcher at RAND Corp, added: “Although [aircraft carriers] are part of the US deterrent in the Western Pacific, their capabilities can be replaced to some extent by other forces, such as submarines and aircraft based in land. “As the US modernizes and upgrades its forces and posture in the Indo-Pacific, our forces will have more options and increasingly resilient capabilities to draw on.”
But earlier this month, a new report analyzed by the US Naval Institute suggests that the US Navy may not be prepared for an information war with Russia or China in 2026, describing it as “a very bad day.” The report states: “The Navy lacks an agreed-upon strategic, operational and tactical vision for what it believes warfare in the domain will look like over the next maritime five to ten years.” The report adds: “Advanced capabilities brought about by the acceleration of technologies such as hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, quantum computing, and free-space optics complicate an already difficult environment.”
The report warns that the US Navy will be unprepared for this new type of war, or information race, which is expected to peak in 2026. It reads: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine and Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel” They emphasize that operational planners “must prepare for information attacks by state actors, as well as non-state and civilian organizations.”