The only aircraft carrier stationed in the Asia-Pacific region is transferred away, why is the U.S. aircraft carrier not enough | Beijing Brewhouse
Unless the United States abandons its hegemony everywhere, it will be difficult to stop the competition for resources between “India” and “Taiwan”.
According to CCTV News, the only U.S. aircraft carrier based in the Asia-Pacific region, Ronald Reagan, will withdraw from the Japanese port and sail to Afghanistan. It is expected to stay for about four months to assist the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
According to reports, this will be the first time Ronald Reagan has left the Asia-Pacific region since 2015. During the USS Reagan’s assistance with the withdrawal, the U.S. Navy will have no aircraft carrier deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. media pointed out that this is contrary to President Biden’s call to prioritize military strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Reagan” transferred westward to Afghanistan.
Since the late 1970s, the United States has become the world’s undisputed carrier power. However, there are not many aircraft carriers that are permanently deployed outside of China. In fact, since the end of the Second World War, the only place where American aircraft carriers have been deployed overseas has been Yokosuka, Japan.
Since President Obama proposed “shifting the strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific”, the United States has been trying to put more military power into the western Pacific waters to deal with the development of the Chinese Navy while restraining Russia and North Korea.
Trump and former national security adviser Bolton even changed the concept of “Asia-Pacific” to “Indo-Pacific” to emphasize “Indo-Pacific integration” and enhance the position of the Western Pacific in the U.S. global strategy.
Bibb continued to sing “Indo-Pacific” after he took the stage, not only increasing the naval operations in China’s offshore waters but also through the mouth of the Secretary of Naval Operations Gil Daizhi that the Pentagon is assessing the reduction of aircraft carriers deployed in the Middle East after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. And correspondingly strengthen the possibility of activities in the Western Pacific region. But soon, the “Reagan” was hurriedly transferred to the west.
As General Mackenzie, the commander of the U.S. Central Command in charge of the Middle East, confessed, the continuing tensions between the United States, Iran, and Syria, Israel’s military adventures, and the possibility of the Taliban in Afghanistan seizing power after the U.S. withdrawal are all against the U.S. Geo-strategic interests pose new threats.
Coupled with the importance of the strategic hub status of the “five seas and three continents” in the Middle East, the U.S. military power in the Middle East, including aircraft carriers, cannot be reduced. Still, on the contrary, it has increased.
The “Big Two” of “Yin” and “Tai”
Since May 2019, the United States has had to retain at least one aircraft carrier task force in this area, and the current number of aircraft carriers in the United States has made “India” and “Tai” “big two.”
The “Nimitz” task force, which had just returned to voyage in February of this year, deployed for eight months before returning to the trip. The crew and their families did not see each other for 11 months.
And now, the “Theodore Roosevelt” that “holds the ground” has been asked by MacKenzie to stay until July. In addition to adjusting the position of the “Reagan”, the United States has no other choice.
Because the existing aircraft carrier has “one radish per pit”, the Navy will have to wait until the end of the summer of this year for the “Carl Vinson” to complete its overhaul and release from the dock before adding another aircraft carrier that can be deployed.
Because the United States has to substantially increase its military power in the Western Pacific but cannot reduce its military deployment in the Middle East, the total duration of the U.S. aircraft carrier’s flight in 2020 has reached a record of more than 870 days.
Among them, 408 days were in the Western Pacific and 379 days in the Middle East, a significant increase from the previous record after the Cold War. However, the reality is that the available active-duty aircraft carriers have decreased but not increased. How long will it last even if the east wall is “removed to supplement the west wall”?
▲The aircraft carrier “Reagan” has just left port and resumed deployment recently.
Can the “spare tire” be found after the “Reagan” is out of position?
Conservative think tank “New American Security Center” part-time senior researcher and former U.S. naval officer Shugart believe that now the United States continues to strengthen the “sense of presence” of aircraft carriers in the Middle East and Indian Ocean waters, which runs counter to its “West Pacific First” strategy. The “Reagan” is the only aircraft carrier permanently deployed in the Far East. If it is transferred to the Middle East for four months, it will leave a worrying hole.
In this regard, many analysts pointed out that as long as the United States is not willing to give up its coveting and control of the “land of five seas and three continents” and a series of strategic nodes between Europe, Asia, and Africa, it will inevitably have to continue to work hard to repair the “great holes” in the Middle East.
And the existing military resources are far from enough to plug these two “holes” at the same time. What’s more, the United States, which contends for global domination, is more than these two “holes”?
Schuster, the former chief operating officer of the Joint Intelligence Center of the United States Pacific Command, tried to find a suitable “spare tire” for the “dislocation” of the “Reagan”.
He proposed three “spare tires.” The first is to replace the aircraft carrier with an amphibious assault ship carrying Marine Corps F-35B fighters; the second is to let the British “Queen Elizabeth” aircraft carrier “post the guard”, which allows thousands of miles to come to “help”; and the third is to increase strategic bombers. Flight partly replaces the role of the aircraft carrier.
But these three “spare tires” seem to be unable to replace the aircraft carrier’s role.
In the final analysis, the fundamental reason for the “not enough aircraft carriers” is that the United States has consistently adopted its strategy of “global hegemony” There is a vast and still widening gap between the existing war resources.
Unless the United States abandons this tactic of fighting for sovereignty everywhere, the competition for resources between “India” and “Taiwan” will never stop.