I have been pointing this out in my books for 15 years: the age of the aircraft carrier has passed, yet America still relies on it as the backbone of its military strength. They still work well against minor powers, but even in attacks on small countries, carriers have to be kept further and further out to sea as anti-ship cruise missile technology improves and cheapens.
When WWIII occurs, expect a “Pearl Harbor” type event early on, with huge American naval losses. Even Nostradamus SPECIFICALLY describes the loss of a Western fleet in the Persian Gulf in his prophecies of WWIII, including:
“On the point of landing the Crusader army
Will be ambushed by the Ishmaelites,
Struck from all sides by the ship Impetuousity,
Rapidly attacked by ten elite galleys.”
there are many more prophecies along these lines… but for a more pertinent current events analysis: From the article at SHTFplan.com
What The Military Doesn’t Want You To Know: Expensive Aircraft Carriers Can Be Sunk With Cheap Missiles
“One of the cornerstones of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was a promise to revitalize our military. There’s no doubt that it needs some help. These days it appears that the majority of our military units are not combat ready, and some aircraft squadrons have been forced to scrounge for parts in aviation museums. Trump’s response has been to urge Congress to increase the military’s budget, and drastically increase troop and ship numbers. Most notably, he wants to bring the US Navy’s aircraft carrier count up to 12.
However, there’s only one problem with that proposition. In this day and age aircraft carriers may be overrated. In fact, they may be downright obsolete when pitted against a modern military. That’s because they’re shockingly easy to sink with cheap weapon systems, which is also the opinion of a highly regarded British think tank:
The HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, could be sunk by a volley of missiles that cost a tiny fraction of what she is worth, according to a report from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) security think-tank.
The report argues that international rivals like Russia and China have focused their energy on finding ways to counter the West’s obsession with large, marquee projects like the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“Missiles costing (much) less than half a million pounds a unit could at least disable a British aircraft carrier that costs more than £3 billion,” the report suggests.
“Indeed, a salvo of ten such missiles would cost less than £3.9 million.”
The authors argue that the UK and her allies face an “increased peer and near-peer threat from Chinese and Russian long-range precision missiles, which threaten large land, maritime and air platforms.”
But you’ll never hear that from our military, and especially not from the military-industrial complex. That’s because defense contractors can make a killing off of building these multi-billion dollar warships. They, being war profiteers, don’t really care if they’ll sink at the hands of second-rate military powers. Our own military and political establishment will never admit to how vulnerable our vast fleet of carriers are to missiles, because as the old saying goes, “generals are always fighting the last war.”
And even in December 1941, President Roosevelt knew from broken Japanese codes that the attack on Pearl Harbor was coming, and all aircraft carriers were removed from Hawaii to California before the attack, which got American angry enough to fight – but only sunk battleships…