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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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China can’t Win a War against US Navy, says Former Commander of US Pacific Command

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(Photo : US Navy) USS Carl Vinson in Hawaii.

There is no way China can win a war against the United States Navy over the South China Sea, and China "will lose" if this anticipated war ever comes about.

"Figure out how to defeat the PLA threat to the maritime missions in the western Pacific and let everyone know, the chattering classes in Washington, the Chinese themselves, that if they tangle with the U.S. Navy, they will lose," said retired U.S. Navy admiral Dennis Blair, who previously served as Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) based in Hawaii. Blair was also a former Director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2011.

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"My message to those of you who are actually in the Navy ... is get going, recess is over," said Blair when urging the navy to prepare better for a war with China.

Blair heaped scorn on those that believe China might actually win this war.

"There are those who seem to believe in the event of a conflict over places like Taiwan and the Senkakus or the South China Sea, China would actually win or cause enough damage to American forces for us to pull back."

That's not going to happen, said Blair.

Blair said the U.S. Navy has been able to patrol the Asia-Pacific region without any risk of "scratching the paint" on its warships since the Chinese are reluctant to attack the navy.

His latest remarks echo those he made in October 2016 when he said the navy and the U.S. Air Force should make short work of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the South China Sea.

If there should be war, Blair is confident the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force are capable of rapidly "neutralizing" China's outposts in the South China Sea, which are practically defenseless from a determined attack being isolated and strung out over hundreds of kilometers of sea.

These offensive operations by the Navy and Air Force will only take "probably 10 or 15 minutes' worth of worth of work for U.S. forces."

Based on past campaigns such as those against ISIL in Iraq and Libya, the U.S. Navy will likely use waves of Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles fired from Los Angeles-class attack submarines and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to bombard the militarized Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea.

The Tomahawks can be launched up to 1,600 km from their targets while GPS and inertial navigation systems ensure their 450 kg warheads hit with great accuracy. Since all the Chinese military installations are above ground, a rain of Tomahawks with air burst, high fragmentation or unitary warheads will destroy all above ground structures and the troops manning them.

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