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Navy, and more specifically, its enormously expensive aircraft carrier battle groups. During the exercise, a Canadian submarine slipped quietly through a carrier's destroyer screen, and conducted a devastating simulated torpedo attack on the ship.
The submarine was never detected, and when the exercise umpire, a U.
Navy officer, pronounced the carrier dead, his official report was promptly stamped classified to minimize the potential fallout. Unfortunately, a Canadian submariner leaked the story to a local newspaper, and indicated that this successful Canadian attack on an American supercarrier was by no means an isolated incident.
This news caused quite a stir in Congress, and the U. Navy had a lot of explaining to do. Why indeed had a small, s-vintage diesel submarine of the under-funded Canadian Navy been able to defeat one of America s most powerful and expensive warships, and with such apparent ease? There are several possible answers.
Firstly, Canadian submariners are extremely well-trained and professional. Secondly, at that time, the Oberon submarines used by the Canadian Navy were probably the quietest in the world.
A third possible reason, not so commonly stated, and with all due respect, is that the mighty U. Navy is simply over-rated. It is my humble contention that the U. Navy is not all it's cracked up to be, and that is the focus of the present article.
Diesel Subs Feast on U. Carriers While Canadian submarines have routinely taken on U. Navy carriers, other small navies have enjoyed similar victories.
The Royal Netherlands Navy, with its small force of extremely quiet diesel submarines, has made the U. Navy eat the proverbial slice of humble pie on more than one occasion. During this exercise the Walrus penetrates the U. The submarine launches two attacks and manages to sneak away.
To celebrate the sinking the crew designed a special T-shirt. It was also reported that the Walrus also sank many of the Roosevelt's escorts, including the nuclear submarine USS Boise, a cruiser, several destroyers and frigates, plus the command ship USS Mount Whitney.
The Walrus herself survived the exercise with no damage.
Not to be outdone by the Canadians and Dutch, the Australian submarine force has also scored many goals against U. Navy carriers and nuclear submarines. Navy a few lessons during multinational exercises.
By the end of the exercises, Australian submarines had destroyed two U. Navy nuclear attack submarines and an aircraft carrier. According to the article: They realized that another navy knows how to operate submarines.
They went away very impressed. Not surprisingly, NATO and allied submariners are extremely confident in their ability to sink American carriers. In his book The Threat: Inside the Soviet Military Machine, Andrew Cockburn wryly noted that European submariners on NATO exercises were far more concerned about colliding with noisy American nuclear submarines running fast and therefore, blind than about being attacked by American ships.
Navy carrier battle groups to attacks from diesel submarines, but of course there are other ways to sink a carrier, as the Russian Air Force knows well. The Russian aircraft buzzed the carrier s flight deck and caught the ship completely unprepared.
To add insult to injury, the Russians took very detailed photos of the Kitty Hawk's flight deck, and very courteously, provided the pictures to the American CO via e-mail.
Dougherty said that the Russian photographs made it clear that there was panic aboard the Kitty Hawk. Sailor quipped, The entire crew watched overhead as the Russians made a mockery of our feeble attempt of intercepting them."It is with the submarine that the initiative and full freedom of the seas rests.
The aircraft carrier, whatever realistic scenario of action is drawn--that of operations in great waters or of amphibious support close to shore--will be exposed to a wider range of threat than the submarine must face.
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