Retired US Navy Captain Jerry Hendricks said that American aircraft carriers have a vulnerability that makes them helpless against Russian missiles. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal.
According to him, the American aircraft carrier fleet is not designed to strike targets ashore. In order to compete with China and Russia, the United States needs to develop a range of shots, he believes.
Moscow and Beijing use weapons that prevent aircraft carriers from sailing too close: ships will only be able to stand at a distance of 1,000 miles from the coast, which is much higher than the reach of US fighter jets.
Instead of eliminating this serious vulnerability, the Navy is spending time, money, and energy on a new program to create jet fighters, Hendrix summed up.
Earlier, the flagship of the sixth fleet of the United States Navy, the USS Mount Whitney, began the transition from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean after the completion of the exercises, according to the unit's Twitter. It is clarified that onboard the USS Mount Whitney is the headquarters of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy, as well as the command of naval strike forces and NATO support.