Is the Navy ready? How the U.S. is preparing amid a naval buildup in China | 60 Minutes

Published 2023-03-19
China has spent the last 20 years building the biggest navy in the world. As tensions with that country continue to rise, Norah O’Donnell boarded the USS Nimitz to report on the U.S. Navy’s readiness.

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All Comments (21)
  • @tioswift3676
    “I don’t really talk in depth about submarine’s the silent service”
    That gave me goosebumps 😎
  • What the Soviets learned in the 80s, and what the Chinese will learn this decade, is that building a Navy is much easier than maintaining it. The Soviet naval buildup in the 80s is one of the main contributing factors of the collapse, as it exacerbated the effects of the Brezhnev stagnation. It's just a matter of outlasting them economically.
  • @zudemaster
    The idea that we are moving closer to WW3 and nobody seems concerned is just flat out insane.
  • One problem you have with US ships is sabotage, like USS Miami (SSN-755) . On 1 March 2012, Miami arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a scheduled 20-month Engineered Overhaul (EOH) and system upgrades. On 23 May, a shipyard employee started a fire that spread to crew living, command and control, and torpedo spaces. Repairs were initially estimated to require three years and $450 million, an estimate later revised to a range of $450 million to $700 million.

    Fire gutted USS Bonhomme Richard, one of the worst noncombat warship disasters. Over 50 sailors were treated for heat exhaustion, smoke inhalation & minor injuries. Temperatures exceeded 648 degrees in areas; ship sections melted into molten metal.
  • @ignacioperez7870
    I really hope the Navy has many more commanders like him. His demeanor and military knowledge is unique.
  • And the way for both countries to get along is mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation. These three principles are an important conclusion informed by the evolution of China-U.S. relations over the past 50-odd years.
  • @markb8468
    As a former merchant mariner, I know that the US's commercial shipping industry has long been I a poor state. Shipyards are HUGE and complicated facilities to build and you can't build ANY ships without shipyards. This had been a known issue for decades. We need to find a way to make our civilian shipping more viable (profitable) and the naval ship building capability will follow as a byproduct.
  • @AtoiSanu
    was legitimately appreciative of what we did since we were often overlooked and overshadowed by the jets. Yes we just wait around just in case the worse scenario happens
  • @hayunifit
    Guam, a U.S. territory acquired from Spain after the Spanish-American War, was attacked within hours, not days, after Hawaii was attacked, by the Imperial Japanese forces stationed in Saipan. Guam & Saipan are part of a group of islands called the Mariana Islands. The attack occurred in December 8, 1941. The apparent date difference is due to time zones.
  • This is the kind of stuff that gets me watching 60 minutes. Unfortunately they rarely do this kind of journalism anymore 😕
  • @carguy3028
    I think people need to think about the toll of a loss of 2 carriers. Historically when naval ships are sunk very few people make it off. 5,000 people would be gone instantly, from 1 carrier, add that to the other lost ships and people lost in taking islands and repelling an invasion of Twain. Many families lives will be changed forever and they always get forgotten about. I hope cooler heads prevail.
  • @lignas
    As a Navy veteran myself....I'm very proud of our military.
  • @jamesmignano8508
    As someone who has just completed a 6 year contract with the US NAVY, this is VERY shocking to see on national television. Most people seeing this may not think much of it, but us sailors are very worried, and put on high alert. Most Americans won’t see what is said and done behind the scenes, but rest assured, we have the strongest Navy in the entire world. And I’m proud to say I’m part of it.
  • @scottharris5714
    I am always impressed at the professionalism that is displayed by our top brass. Admiral Paparo speaks direct and to the point. Loyal and confident - a great leader. "It is not my hope, it is my duty." That says it all.
  • I worked for 5 years in the shipyard that built the LCS. I’m sure there are multiple factors that affect building on time on budget-but one huge problem among the thousands of shipyard employees, was that they didn’t pay us worth a damn! Lower than average wage for trade hands. Treated the hands like crap. I can tell you this much for sure after 20 years in construction-YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR when it comes to the talent building your boats!!!
  • @41ankitt
    India is investing heavily in its Navy .... We are also upgrading and developing our Navy infrastructure here in the Indian Ocean and also do the regular drills with US and Australian Navies for example the Malabar exercises .... India alone will be able to defend the Indian Ocean and will cut off Chinese excess points if it invades Taiwan in that way the US and its allies will be better be able to focus all their efforts in the South China sea .... Here cooperation is the key ! ....
  • @muleskinner4053
    Politicians pay attention to this MAN , you might learn something. Having him as a commander is why we have a very strong military. Thank you Sir so very much for what you do . 🙏
  • @mmoly-cj4bd
    60 Minutes really missed an opportunity to interview retired Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor who has a PhD in international relations who could have given a much deeper evaluation of the current world situation and how the U.S. plays a role in it not just the U.S. Navy's preparedness. I urge anyone to watch at least one of his videos on YouTube. I'm reading one of his books "Margin of Victory" and what he has to say makes a lot of sense.
  • @marcnarc12
    I’ve met and had the chance to talk to admirals and upper leaderships in my military career. I can confirm some of them are absolutely menacing on how direct and concise they portray themselves. The current seventh fleet commander gave my helicopter search and rescue detachment a speech / talk while deployed to south china sea. He straight up told us we have one of the most important and exposing jobs. Flying in circles so the jets can take off and land safely. We are the first ones up in the air and the last to land. Man was legitimately appreciative of what we did since we were often overlooked and overshadowed by the jets. Yes we just wait around just in case the worse scenario happens and we have to pull a downed aviator out of the water but I’m glad to this day I have never had to go through our procedures in a real case scenario. That means everyone is being safe and doing their job right!