May 4th, 2010
02:47 AM ET

Gates warns of emerging threats to U.S. Navy

U.S. adversaries are developing sophisticated and longer-range combat systems that will threaten the U.S. Navy's dominance in the regions vital to U.S. security interests, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Monday.

Speaking to Navy officers and civilians at a U.S. Navy association's annual expo, Gates said countries like Iran and China are developing systems that could destroy new classes of Navy ships and aircraft and cost the U.S. billions of dollars in losses.

"Potential adversaries are investing in weapons designed to neutralize U.S. advantages, to deny our military freedom of action while potentially threatening America's primary means of projecting power," Gates said.

He said these countries are developing these weapons to, "neutralize U.S. advantages," because they cannot afford to build the number of ships required to challenge this country.

Gates said Hezbollah used anti-ship missiles against Israel's navy during the 2006 Lebanon war, and Iran is combining ballistic and cruise missiles,anti-ship missiles, mines, and swarming speedboats to challenge the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Fred

    All the more reason to stay home and let them kill each other, then we can waltz in and take their oil when they are all dead.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mekalek

    italics check

    May 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. One Red Blooded American

    To the many Canadians who left these wonderful comments about the United States Of America,

    Thank you for being our aliies in Afghanistan. Thanks for baking US in many of the engagements to keep the world safe for THOSE who cannot defend themselves.

    YOUR welcome for all the PROTECTION we afford our northern neighbors. Your WELCOME for keeping the THE NORTHWEST secure during the COLD WAR when the USSR had many of its Nuclear assets floating within a few miles of your coast and our NAVY and its SSN's chased the boomers back to Vladivostok.

    YOUR welcome for providing much of the intel you government need to prevent the radical islamists within your own borders from blowing up your HOCKEY centers with you in it.

    YOUR welcome that we DO PROJECT military MIGHT so that our northern neighbors can sleep peacefully knowing that THERE southern FRIENDS would fight to the death before the invaders would ever reach your borders. YES we are not perfect, YES we eat way to much fast food. BUT WHEN THE CHIPS are down, do you want a 3rd world allies fighting by your side OR THE AMERICAN MILITARY?

    Thats my story and I am sticking to it.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john m

    well if you think about it geographically the only nations that could attack and completely concur Canada is Russia and the USA and no country could launch a surprise attack terrorist excluded on the us with out Canada being part of it and because Canada has double button on half your nuclear weapons meaning you cant fire your own weapons tech with out Canadian approval go ahead check it out you cant launch am American nuke with Canadian material because the Canadian government has to send out a signal that disables the Canadian safe switch also the likely hood of Canada actually being nuke free is very low we are the only nation in the world with unfettered access to American and British and french technology meaning our secret defenses have technology to combat any tech weapon we had full clearance in the Manhattan project and every single project since in the USA France Israel this is information that has not been shared farther than us so... also the battle of Britain had fought and the Russians had just started to learn how to fight the Germans with 1.5 million Canadians over sea at any one time after 1940 canada was responsible for the UK having won the bob because the British had just left Dunkirk and there weapons in the last days of the first battle of France we were the first force of allied soldiers to lose 3000 man in a day on the beaches of Dieppe as far as your aid to England and Russia a lot of those dollars were sent through canada and even made in Canadian factories so before saying you are the reason for a free world study it dont go by movies like the great escape or the great raid or a bridge to far unless you take into account that the real person in the great escape was a Canadian the soldier rescued in the great raid 64% Canadian uniform 10%Canadian in American uniforms and the rest American and the Canadians accomplished what the Americans attempted in the bridge to far the American and British media is very ignorant of our battles for world peace but even in today's us military an anonymous pole showed that 78% of American solders would refuse on pain of death to take part in an attack on canada and 32% of American forces are Canadian citizens American forces have a big history of deserters no Canadian has yet refused duty since deployment to Afghanistan in Vietnam Canadians who fought as American solders doubled the number of Americans who hid in canada so no more dissing canada i will not dis America ether i love the red whit and blue i was offended when the American Olympic woman's hockey team walked on Canadians flag that was personal to all Canadians just like your fox news thing that pocked fun at Canadian coffins here in canada we would never do that you might also remember we leave Afghanistan you will be fighting alone the Netherlands and uk will soon follow and the armies you have been thanking for there involvement eg the Germans with curfews may stay who knows or cares? we benefited while you guys were busy in Iraq you just think about that

    May 9, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. shalom lev

    Billions of dollars or the lives of soldiers and sailors?! Amazing how the Yanks talk

    June 23, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
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