World View: Iran's Navy Chief Says He Can Sink an American Aircraft Carrier in 50 Seconds
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Another terrorist attack on a railway station in China
- China makes plans for the collapse of North Korea's regime
- Iran's navy chief says he can sink an American aircraft carrier in 50 seconds
Another terrorist attack on a railway station in China
Six people were injured in a knife attack at a railway station in the
southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou late Tuesday night. This is
the third high-profile attack at a Chinese railway station in a little
more than two months. On March 1, several attackers with knives
killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in
the southwestern city of Junming. And on April 30, three people were
killed and 79 injured in a knife attack in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang
province in northwestern China, the home of China's mostly Muslim
As in the previous two cases, the perpetrators in this case are
assumed to be terrorists from the Uighur minority. Even though
they're using "low-tech" weapons, the Uighur separatists appear to be
getting more sophisticated in proving that they can strike at any
place and time of their choosing. Some of the most militant
separatist Uighurs have been training with jihadist organizations in
Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Nato troops pull out of Afghanistan this
year, it's likely that many militants fighting there will return to
China. Xinhua and Guardian (London)
China makes plans for the collapse of North Korea's regime
Japan's Kyodo news service has obtained documents outlining China's
plans in case the North Korea regime collapses. Of special concern is
a massive outflow of refugees and military personnel into China. The
refugees will be interned in camps, with political or military figures
assigned to special camps where they can be watched closely, to
prevent them from activities such as directing military activities.
However, the document makes no mention of China's military entering
North Korea, which would cause a repeat of the 1950s Korean War.
Kyodo (Tokyo) and The Diplomat
Iran's navy chief says he can sink an American aircraft carrier in 50 seconds
A couple of weeks ago, Iran announced that it would be running military
war games involving attacks on mock-ups of American warships and aircraft
carriers, including replica of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
On Monday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Forces
Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi announced that their tests
have been successful:
Today the Americans and the entire world know that
one of our operational goals is destroying US Navy
Forces... Aircraft carriers provide US airpower in combat;
therefore it is natural that we want to sink them.
Americans are unaware of many matters. Their research centers
analyzed the mock aircraft carrier in a common way. We have been
building and sinking mock US destroyers, frigates, and cruisers
for years. We sank their models within 50 seconds even with
various operational [counter] measures.
We will execute this regarding the mock aircraft carrier as well
because destroying, annihilating, and sinking US boats has and
will be in our plans.
Fadavi claimed that IRGC speed boats can travel at a top speed of 40
knots, while US vessels are stuck at 31 knots. He added that Iran
planned to increase its boats’ speed to 80 knots, which he said was
three times the speed of US destroyers.
However, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is
based in Bahrain says:
Firing weapons at a stationary structure floating on
pontoons is not a realistic representation of having the
capability to target a 100,000-ton warship... maneuvering at
speeds in excess of 30 knots.
AEI Iran Tracker and Military Times/AP
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