USS Carl Vinson CVN-70: Breaking News | The – April 28, 2017

Is North Korea able to sink an American Aircraft Carrier?

Harry J. Kazianis is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon.

Harry J. Kazianis, a contributing writer for, is the director of defense studies at The Center for the National Interest, founded by former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon.

Mr. Kazianis is opening the sensitive subject on North Korea’s latest military threat: to sing American’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson.

So, “Would North Korea be able to really sink an American Aircraft Carrier“?

According to Harry J. Kazianis, the answer is clear and simple: No.

Here are the 3 reasons why North Korea can’t strike and sink the USS Carl Vinson:

  1. Targeting issue. Targeting a ship is difficult; targeting a moving ship is even more difficult especially when you do not have the satellite and intelligence capabilities.
  2. Getting Passed US Missile Defenses. The US Government has spent billions on working on nullifying threats to its carrier fleet for decades. Getting through those multiple layers of defense is the case of an attack is unlikely.
  3. If there was a serious suspicion of a strike that could affect their aircraft carrier operations, they would probably just stay out of range of North Korean missiles.

Kazianis concludes with the following statement: “While there are many pathways to war on the Korean Peninsula, an attack on U.S. carrier is not one of them — at least not yet.”.


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