A Chinese admiral is said to revealed the US targets the Chinese military could aim for in the event of a conflict.

USS Gabrielle Giffords, an littoral combat ship, operated in the South China Sea on May 19, 2020.
USS Gabrielle Giffords, an littoral combat ship, operated in the South China Sea on May 19, 2020.

For a long time, the US warship has repeatedly conducted freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea, to challenge China’s ridiculous maritime claims and participate in drills to strengthen ties with the Allies in the Western Pacific region.

However, in a potential conflict with China, US warships are not the only target, not even the main target. Beijing will seek to eliminate the logistical support system the US military relies on, according to retired US Navy Admiral Gary Roughhead.

“We neglect logistics, and logistics is how this country has won wars,” said Roughead, who served as chief of naval operations during 2007-2011, speaking at a hearing before the US House Armed Services Committee on June 5, according to Business Insider.

The amphibious assault vehicle of the marines left USNS 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez
The amphibious assault vehicle of the marines left USNS 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez

“I will share an exchange I had with Chinese admiral during the time when I was on active duty”, “He made it very clear to me that our logistics ships were a primary target, because if he can take out logistics, he takes out the lifeblood of the fighting ships, if you will.” Mr. Roughhead said.

US warships, if fired all missiles, will have to return to the port for supplies, but Chinese missiles can now reach many areas in the “first island chain” where the US has many bases. The island chain stretches from Japan’s Kyushu Island to Taiwan and the Philippines.

For a long time, Beijing has always assumed that the US used the “first island chain” to contain China, according to the South China Morning Post. “I do believe that many of the ports that we routinely rely upon, particularly out in the Western Pacific, are going to be vulnerable,” Roughhead said.

US Marines officer David Berger, who proposed a plan to help his forces be better equipped to fight in a Pacific War, also acknowledged that challenges Logistics needs to be addressed.

USS Emory S. Land supply ship of the US Navy
USS Emory S. Land supply ship of the US Navy

The challenge of the US Marine Corps is to “to develop an entirely new logistics footprint, which includes new ships to support resupply and manoeuvre Marines around the first island chain, littorals, and in a high-threat environment,” Berger said at an event in the US Congress in February.

“Our supply lines have not been challenged for 70 years. We did not worry about what is behind us. Now we need to focus on this, because … they will try to cut our supply lines, “

“Our supply lines have not been challenged in 70 years. We have not worried about what’s behind us. We need to focus on that now, because … they’re going to try to sever our lines,” Berger warned.

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