Analysis

Outclassed Chinese Navy Defies Outnumbered 7th Fleet
The nuclear-powered USS George Washington Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the Philippines in October 2012. The carrier is part of the permanently deployed U.S. 7th Fleet based in Japan, near disputed waters in the East and South China seas. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
December 20, 2013
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
Summary
As a recent near-collision between a Chinese ship and an American missile cruiser in the South China Sea demonstrates, a naval miscalculation in the region could be quite risky. The incident also made clear how few U.S. combat ships would be able to respond to a naval flare-up in the East or South China seas, giving the outclassed and older Chinese fleet more confidence in its abilities.China just completed a fleet modernization program and has a new aircraft carrier in service,  along with a surface combatant fleet of 75 ships. The only U.S. aircraft carrier permanently assigned to the area is currently in port. The closest U.S. task force is based in Japan, but it has just nine permanently assigned surface combatants aside from carrier escorts. Following this month's incident, the U.S. Navy assuredly will assign more warships to the region to enhance its numbers.
Full analysis continues for this Report. To continue reading and for Full LIGNET Access -- Click Here Now
Get Full Access Button

Get unrestricted, actionable analysis and detailed forecasting
from our dedicated team of intelligence experts.

  • Unrestricted entry to 24/7, security-encrypted, LIGNET.com
  • Access to penetrating insider reports before you read the news in the mainstream media
  • LIGNET's Morning Brief sent straight to your inbox
  • Delivery of Urgent Action Reports when a global crisis develops
  • Elite viewing privileges to special video briefings from senior intelligence advisers
  • Critical analyses and forecasts of global and financial markets that could protect you, and your assets
  • In-depth dossiers on strategically important countries and regions of geopolitical relevance
  • Exclusive access to a network of world-class intelligence experts
  • Guarantee of Satisfaction
Full Access for $1

Gain FULL access for 30 days and discover the power of information for politics, business, finance, security and much much more.

Join Now Button
Join Now Button

PLUS Get the CIA
World Factbook FREE!
Find out how ››

NO RISK, NO OBLIGATION.

Comments or questions about this article? Click here to contact us.
 
Login or Create New Account
Email Address:
Password:
New to LIGNET? Create New Account
GET FREE Intelligence Reports

LIGNET provides you with actionable intelligence and in-depth analyses from seasoned insiders including senior CIA officials, presidential advisors, ambassadors, and more.

 
Sign Up for
FREE Intelligence Reports!
 
 
Join Now
Already have an account?
Click here to log in.

 
Join Now
Knowledge is Power
Only if You Access it!
Upgrade to a full access account and get the official CIA World Fact Book 2014 FREE!
Upgrade Now
FREE CIA World Factbook 2013
 
 
What is LIGNET?
Powered by Newsmax
LIGNET is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Langley Intelligence Group Network is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.