The Surface Navy is Dead
- Our navy surface ships are pretty much only useful for rescuing people at sea or bullying crap-hole third world nations that cannot defend themselves. But in a real war with a modern military power our ships are little more than expensive sitting ducks for high tech missile target practice.
- The end of the traditional navy was there for all to see with World War II Kamikaze attacks. It was just a matter of delivery systems. Between high tech missiles (or Muslim Kamikaze jet pilots) the days of a surface navy are over. But that never stopped politicians and military contractors from keeping the building programs going.
(The National Interest) - It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy.
The plan itself, detailed by Reuters, makes a tremendous amount of good sense:
“Tokyo is responding by stringing a line of anti-ship, anti-aircraft missile batteries along 200 islands in the East China Sea stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) from the country's mainland toward Taiwan. . .
|Ka Boom Target ship hit by two P-270 Moskit (NATO: SS-N-22 Sunburn) anti-ship missiles during Russian Navy Pacific Fleet exercises.|
New American Security (CNAS) report back in 2014:
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|Aussie sub live torpedo fire in a war game exercise.|