With China gunning for aircraft carriers, US Navy says it has to change how it fights
Added 12-13-19 01:14:02pm EST - “China may be able to hit US carriers with long-range anti-ship missiles, but that doesn't mean carriers are worthless, the Navy's top officer says.” - Businessinsider.com
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WASHINGTON — Just because China might be able to hit US Navy aircraft carriers with long-range anti-ship missiles doesn't mean carriers are worthless, the service's top officer said December 5.
The chorus of doom and gloom over China's anti-access weapons is too simplistic, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said, but that doesn't mean the Navy should refrain from adjusting the way it fights.
"Let's look at this like a physics problem," Gilday proposed. "[People will say]: 'Hypersonics go really fast and they travel at long ranges. Carriers can only travel ['X' distance], so carriers are going to have to go away.' That's a very simplistic way to look at the problem.
"I've been in two big war games since I've been [CNO], and I absolutely believe that we have to wring more out of what we have today in terms of how we are going to fight with it."
Gilday's comments come as the fleet is gearing up for the first of what it intends to be annual "large-scale" exercises this summer, a major muscle movement that will allow the Navy to test new concepts and play with new technologies.
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