North Korean state media said on Sunday the country's forces were "combat-ready to sink" the Carl Vinson.
Is North Korea capable of sinking an aircraft carrier with a torpedo? They probably sank a South Korean warship like this in 2010, but this would be a different kettle of fish.
This question is on hold as 'primarily opinion-based', but I disagree. As has been pointed out below, an answer can be provided from knowledge and analysis of military hardware capabilities. However, to make this question more concrete, I'm restricting it to a torpedo attack, and it boils down to two points:
- Does North Korea actually have a submarine capable of reaching the battle group, keeping up with it, and firing a torpedo at it, and would such a torpedo sink the carrier? I think we can assume the battle group won't be dawdling, or getting too close to the North Korean coast.
- What countermeasures and defences does the battle group have against torpedo attack?