First the Chinese debut their handy dandy carrier killer missile (link). Now, one of their submarines pops up in the middle of a carrier task force completely undetected. As the article points out, the US Navy set aside their anti-submarine warfare capabilities at the end of the cold war. The premier class of ASW platforms, the Spruance Class destroyers, were scrapped and used for target practice during the Clinton and early Bush II administrations. Way back when I was in A school, the bubbleheads used to say that there were two kinds of ships, submarines and targets. Guess they were right. With the financial crisis that is currently being faced, reconsidering the super carrier direction of the Navy is something that should be done.