US admiral: Chinese carrier killer won't stop US Navy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 15, 2011 10:39

YOKOSUKA, Japan — A new "carrier killer" missile that has become a symbol of China's rising military might will not force the US Navy to change the way it operates in the Pacific, a senior US Navy commander told The Associated Press.

Defense analysts say the Dong Feng 21D missile could upend the balance of power in Asia, where US aircraft carrier battle groups have ruled the waves since the end of World War II.

However, Vice Adm. Scott van Buskirk, commander of the US 7th Fleet, told the AP in an interview that the Navy does not see the much-feared weapon as creating any insurmountable vulnerability for the US carriers — the Navy's crown jewels.

"It's not the Achilles heel of our aircraft carriers or our Navy — it is one weapons system, one technology that is out there," Van Buskirk said in an interview this week on the bridge of the USS George Washington, the only carrier that is home-based in the western Pacific.


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