What would China and Russia have to do to get their air assets (1-3 carriers) over the US vs our ability to use our 10-14 aircraft carrier’s air power (plus our reserve carriers) and deliver that air power off shore of any country during war?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 19, 2020 05:12 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 19, 2020 05:12 PM

Seriously, if the Chinese and Russians tried to move a battle group including three carriers anywhere close to the US mainland, this would be an event of truly EPIC proportions.

First, we would see them coming. Probably for weeks ahead of time. Probably before they went to sea. So, the USA sees these three carriers forming up.

What do we do?

Well, leaves are probably cancelled. At least one carrier is diverted. Spy satellites and planes are tasked with examining them. P-8 Poseidon’s will track them across the ocean.

if they keep coming, a second or third carrier is assigned. At this point, there are several nuclear fast attack submarines shadowing the battle group.

If they keep coming, the Air Force gets involved.

This is not well known, but the B-52 has the ability to fire Harpoon anti ship missiles.

One squadron of B-52s escorted by a couple squadrons of F-15’s would pretty much end the threat.

At this point, they probably go home.

If they decide to start something, it ends quickly. The entire battle group is sunk within two hours. Two or three Virginia Class submarines could take out the entire group.

The reality is that neither the Russians nor the Chinese have the ability or the interest in supporting offensive deep strike missions like this. Only the USA maintains this capability today.

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