|Chinese Nuclear Submarine Force Expands, while US subs decline|
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|The white pieces are neutralized by encirclement|
As a military strategy, China simply dominates a region by encircling it with Naval forces, causing foreign navies into a high-stakes face-off with a subsequent massive deployment by its adversary -- or, acquiescence.
According to one expert, the ship's design will have strong anti-ship and counter-submarine capabilities, and will likely be capable of striking land targets with cruise missiles.
So, what does this mean for the US?
Littoral Combat Ship [LCS], which is essentially, a 1970s-era Destroyer fitted with a helicopter landing platform.
Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel [whom 0bama fired], numerous admirals [whom 0bama has since fired], Senator McCain [whom 0bama can't fire], and the Congressional Budget Office have repeatedly slammed this leaky tin can for the past five years for its construction issues and questionable mission [driving around the "littoral" [shoreline] areas of adversaries -- which puts it well within the range of shore batteries firing barrages of missiles. This bucket of bolts IS armed with missiles, and one 57mm short range canon, but, as one US Navy critic noted:
"... is especially vulnerable to tactical aircraft armed with stand-off anti-ship missiles", or shore batteries launching barrages of missiles at the LCS.
Our experience is just from the Ground-Pounder "Grunt" class, so we don't know much about boats [i.e., floating targets], but this thing, as far as we're concerned, is just a $780 million floating coffin; oh, and to fix all its design flaws [e.g., hull seepage], Lockheed Martin advised Senator McCain it would only cost an additional $75 million per ship -- and still be "under budget".
As Bill Hartung [Center for International Policy] noted:
"It's a ship too big to be a corvette (usually costing around $200 million each),
too lightly armed or armored to be a destroyer (costing around $1 billion each)
and too overweight to be upgraded through a full service life."
|Admiral 0bama [Downtrend.com]|
We suggest you start learning Chinese, folks, because this Administration seems to be intent on delivering us into the hands of our "new rulers."