French Submarine, Equipped with Russian Defenses, 'Sinks' Entire US Aircraft Carrier Group During Wargames
March 11, 2015
Sputnik International & Veterans Today
The Pentagon conducted naval exercises to test the newly upgraded USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that had undergone a four-year, $2.6 billion overhaul. The exercise didn't turn out as expected. A French submarine, equipped with the latest electronic warfare measures -- reportedly supplied by Russia -- was able to "sink" the nearly defenseless vessel, along with "most of its carrier escort."
French Submarine 'Sinks' Entire US
Aircraft Carrier Group During Wargames
(March 3, 2015) -- A series of joint naval drills between the United States and France recently didn't quite turn out the way the US, no doubt, expected. The practice scenario ended with the French nuclear submarine that was acting the part of an enemy ship "sinking" the American aircraft carrier and most of its escort.
The exercises took place over 10 days starting in mid-February off the coast of Florida. The French nuclear attack submarine (SNA) -- named Saphir -- joined US Carrier Strike Group 12, comprising the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (nicknamed the "Big Stick"), several Ticonderoga cruisers or Arleigh Burke destroyers and a Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine.
The exercises were meant to test the newly upgraded carrier, which had undergone a four-year, $2.6 billion overhaul, ahead of the Strike Group's deployment.
"We are going to experience real combat situations from all angles, there will be training evaluations from a hostile ship boarding, submarine attacks, and enemy ships or vessels trying impede their justice upon our strike group," said Capt. Scott F. Robertson, of the USS Normandy in a statement about the exercises.
Better Friend Than Foe
And all those exercises went well while SNA Saphir was on the American side of the imaginary conflict, in which fictional states were attacking US economic and territorial interests. The French sub supported the American vessels in anti-submarine warfare drills.
However, the second phase of the exercises found the French ship playing on the enemy side, charged with a mission to find and attack the Theodore Roosevelt.
And so it did, sneaking deep into the defensive screen of the Strike Group, avoiding detection by the American anti-submarine warfare assets, and, on the last day of the drill, "sinking" the Roosevelt and most of it's escort.
Aircraft Carriers Iconic, but
Vulnerable, Naval Giants
Aircraft carriers travel with these escorts, and train with submarines, precisely because they are so vulnerable to submarine attacks, the USS Theodore Roosevelt proving no (theoretical) exception.
"For every sailor who's not in a submarine, submarines are real scary," writes David Axe at Real Clear Defense. "Stealthy and heavily-armed, subs are by far the most powerful naval vessels in the world for full-scale warfare -- and arguably the best way to sink those more obvious icons of naval power, aircraft carriers."
The original report on the drills was published March 4 on the website of the French marines under the headline, "Le SNA Saphir en entraînement avec l'US Navy au large de la Floride," but has since been removed. A link in a Marine National tweet about the drill likewise, leads to a blank page. Parts of the article, however, are reproduced in French language reports.
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(November 13, 2014) -- Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system "Aegis" installed on the destroyer USS Donald Cook. Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version, which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers.
US destroyer "Donald Cook" with cruise missiles "Tomahawk" entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea.
The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea.
In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the US destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex.
According to this version, "Aegis" spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. "Aegis" was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information.
Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.
Apparently, all efforts to revive the "Aegis" and provide target information for the defence failed. Russia’s reaction to military pressure from the United States was profoundly calm, feels the Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev:
The demonstration was original enough. A bomber without any weapons, but having onboard equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with "Aegis", the most modern system of air and missile defence. But this system of mobile location, in this case the ship, has a significant drawback. That is, the target tracking capabilities. They work well when there is a number of these ships which can coordinate with each other somehow.
In this case, there was just one destroyer. And, apparently, the algorithm of the radar in the "Aegis" system on the destroyer did not load under the influence of jamming by the Su-24. It was therefore not only a nervous reaction to the fact of flying around by the Russin bomber, which was common practice during the Cold War.
The reaction of the Americans was due to the fact that most modern system, especially its informative or radar part, did not work adequately. Therefore, there was such a nervous reaction to the whole episode.
After the incident, the foreign media reported that "Donald Cook" was rushed into a port in Romania. There all the 27 members of the crew filed a letter of resignation. It seems that all 27 people have written that they are not going to risk their lives. This is indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon statement according to which the action demoralized the crew of the American ship.
What are the possible consequences of the incident provoked by the US in the Black Sea? Pavel Zolotarev forecasts:
I think that Americans are somehow going to reflect on improving the system "Aegis". This is a purely military aspect. In political terms, there is hardly any likelihood of demonstrative steps by either side. That is enough. Meanwhile, for Americans it is a very unpleasant moment.
In general, the missile defence system which they deploy involves huge expenditures. They have to prove each time that it is necessary to allocate funds from the budget. At the same time, the ground component of the ABM was tested in ideal conditions and showed a low efficiency. This fact is concealed by the Pentagon. The most modern component, the sea-based system "Aegis" also showed its shortcomings in the present case.
The system with which the Russian Su-24 shocked the American destroyer "Donald Cook" has the code name "Khibiny". This is the name of the mountain range on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle. "Khibiny" is the newest complex for radioelectronic jamming of the enemy. They will be installed on all the advanced Russian planes .
Recently the complex has undergone regular testing exercises on the ground in Buryatia. Apparently, the tests which were conducted under conditions as close to real as possible, were successful.
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