In recent years, the balance of naval power in the Pacific has been witnessing a shift. China’s development and deployment of its “Carrier Killer” missiles is central to this evolution. 

Designed to target and neutralize some of the world’s most advanced aircraft carriers, these weapons are causing ripples in the strategic planning of naval forces, particularly the U.S. Navy.

The term “Carrier Killer” underscores the missile’s capability to challenge the dominance of aircraft carriers, vessels that have long been the backbone of the U.S. naval fleet in the Pacific. This missile’s presence in the region changes how naval forces conduct exercises and formulate defense strategies.

In the past, U.S. aircraft carriers played a pivotal role in ensuring maritime stability and projecting American power in the Pacific. However, with the emergence of the Carrier Killer, questions arise: How will this affect the U.S.’s traditional naval strategies? And what does it mean for the future of Pacific geopolitics?