'Now we are seeing (Chinese ships) basically park and truly challenge Japan's administration.'
US aircraft carriers operate around the world, sometimes in unfriendly waters, and one of the greatest threats to these symbols of American military might is enemy submarines. That's where the sub hunters come in.
"We must ensure that the team takes the opportunity to recharge and allow for fresh eyes on upcoming challenges as required."
For the first time since 2017, the U.S. Navy has positioned three of its aircraft carriers on the doorstep of the disputed South China Sea, as tensions between Washington and Beijing continue to soar.
Even Block III Super (Duper) Hornets are still far too short range to compensate for China’s hypersonic area denial bubble.