I have long warned that the US imperils itself by ignoring or downplaying the growing threats in Asia. Here is yet another
example in which, apparently, the US was caught off guard.
It seems a Chinese diesel powered submarine navigated, undetected, close enough to a US aircraft carrier battle group to have launched torpedoes or missiles to sink said aircraft carrier. It reportedly surfaced within the midst of the perimeter protected by the carrier’s escort ships and submarines.
Obviously, by surfacing, the Chinese were sending a message to the world that they can operate, at will, under the very noses of supposedly the most sophisticated anti-submarine gear in the world.
If the report is true, either the US anti-submarine forces were asleep or the detection processes they use are no longer effective against Chinese subs. Either way, something is seriously wrong and needs to be corrected. Now.