U.S. Navy Prepared to Face Chinese Invasions in Pacific as Tensions Rise
- The United States Navy has remained a formidable fighting force despite questions on its readiness
- China, the greatest geopolitical rival of the 21st century, has built the largest Navy in the world and has threatened to use it to invade Taiwan, an important American ally
- Admiral Samuel Paparo commands the US Pacific Fleet and is prepared for any order to come to aid Taiwan
- China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gong warned that if Washington does not change course in its stance towards China, conflict and confrontation is inevitable
- Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan in August was met with a stern response including military action from China’s People’s Liberation Army
- The CIA assesses that by 2027 Xi Jinping may have ordered an invasion of Taiwan
- If this happens, the President of the United States and Congress will make a decision regarding U.S. Navy involvement in thwarting invasion
- U.S. Navy is ready according to Admiral Paparo however they are outnumbered by Chinese vessels but can deliver more precision-guided munitions than any other navy in the world if needed
- Countries like Japan and Philippines have formed closer military ties with the U.S., and Britain, Australia, and America signed a landmark deal for jointly developing nuclear-powered attack submarines to patrol the Pacific.
U.S. Navy Shrinking As PRC Shipbuilding Soars: A Growing Crisis?
- The PRC Navy has the largest number of ships in the world
- US Navy is not keeping close and is currently shrinking, with 280 ships planned by 2027
- China has increased rhetoric and potential aggression against Taiwan, so US needs to be ready with current forces
- Mike Gallagher and Elaine Lauria have common cause about urgency to build bigger Navy
- Zumwalt Destroyers and LCS have cost 55 billion dollars but resulted in structural defects and engine trouble, respectively
- Adm. Mike Gilday says US Navy is not in crisis and can prevail against China if needed, but they are concerned about their trajectory
- China has invested heavily in defense industrial infrastructure to produce multiple ships simultaneously, with 440 ships projected by 2030
- US shipyards have been consolidated from 30 to 7 since Cold War ended
- Huntington Ingalls Industries built new Ford-class aircraft carrier which took 6 years late and billions over budget
- There is currently multi-year backlog repairing the ships in the fleet, reducing it from 7700 delay days to 3000.
Navys FY2024 Budget Request Exceeds $250 Billion, Potential for Unmanned Deployment, Mental Health Challenges and Conflict With China
- The U.S Navy’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2024 is over a quarter of a trillion dollars
- Admiral gilday mentions unmanned vessels being deployed in the future, one of them being the Orca extra large unmanned undersea vehicle with clandestine mine laying capabilities
- Sailors have faced long deployments and this has had an effect on their mental health, leading to suicides in the last year alone
- Current U.S defense posture is viewed as aggressive by China leading to conflict, however the Navy’s presence is meant to ensure that sea lanes remain open and free for all countries, not as a form of provocation.