The US navy is completely unprepared to fight China in an imminent war, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday admitted on Thursday.
“[The main challenge the navy faced] In a word, it is China,” Gilday declared during a presentation at the Heritage Foundation. “We see a force that has tripled in size. We see a heavy investment in systems with long range. They are a significant adversary.”
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He described China’s behavior in the Western Pacific as “fairly aggressive.”
Sputniknews.com reports: Current plans called for the US navy to reach a target size of 355 manned and 150 unmanned vessels by 2040, but Gilday warned that the navy had to be prepared to fight a war in the Pacific within five years from now.
China remained the main threat that the navy had to face, Gilday reiterated.
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