French submarine sinks entire US aircraft carrier group during drills

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French Submarine 'Sinks' Entire US Aircraft Carrier Group During Wargames






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.



French Submarine 'Sinks' Entire US Aircraft Carrier Group During Wargames / Sputnik International
 
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I wander if this was by accident or did the person driving it do it on purpose and try to injure the USA in the training session hope a misunderstanding does not occur due to this. It's a good thing a real enemy ship did not appear and fire and making it seem like the French ship was doing it on purpose and causing a war in the sea to occur. I hope they learn from this incident and know what to do next time and fix the mistakes that happened over here.
 
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Submarines have long been known to be some of the most dangerous forces in the navy. That is why so many satellites are assigned to tracking them. However, what we need to realize is this training exercise will hopefully wake up the United States to the fact they are not invincible.
 
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So, what I gather from this is that aircraft carriers, while incredibly useful, are also very vulnerable to attack. That raises a bunch of red flags. For one, any formalized military (not ISIS) will likely have some kind of submarine division. If the carriers get tagged, then they become useless, thus rendering an entire air unit null. Seems like a pretty impressive problem.
 
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So, what I gather from this is that aircraft carriers, while incredibly useful, are also very vulnerable to attack. That raises a bunch of red flags. For one, any formalized military (not ISIS) will likely have some kind of submarine division. If the carriers get tagged, then they become useless, thus rendering an entire air unit null. Seems like a pretty impressive problem.
That's why ACs don't wander like lone wolfs but move in formation in CBG. Carrier battle group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 
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Oh, sorry. My mistake. But could there not also be a submarine battalion that travels together?
Submarines travel alone. The concept of the submarine warfare relies on stealth, closing in as close as possible, firing torpedoes and escape the scene undetected. A group of submarines are most likely to detected and engaged even before they could close in.
 
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That is interesting to know. I am surprised that the simulated battle turned out like that. It should help the usa to better prepare.
 
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