The fact of the matter was that soviet subs arent all that quiet. They still use diesel subs in their fleet which are dreadfully out of date. Air power beats your missile cruisers every time. The fact is that if some fa-18 plane got within range what is that 4 missiles coming at you at the same time? 3 more fa18? 12 more missiles? The carrier sends two more 6 plane squadrons, 48 missiles, than it starts sending the tom cats and we all know how many weapons that SOB carries. The Russian submarine fleet was scary, but it was bark than bite. Their surface fleet even less so.Ever hear of the Seawolf attack submarine? That guy can cruise at 20 knots without cavitating. That is absolutely incredible considering the soviet record is around 10. The fact is that you can launch all the torpedos you like and i can pretty much garuntee you not one will hit the Aircraft carrier and I can tell you why. Because the carrier is surrounded by cruisers and destroyers. A torpedo is too stupid to differentiate between a cruiser and a carrier, or a nixie torpedo decoy. And chances are that the torpedo will go after the torpedo decoy. Worst case scenario, the torpedo hits a oliver hazard perry. The ship starts sinking. And the massive amount of air coming out of the ship coupled with more of the ship going under would cause active sonars to bounce off the ship like crazy, any other torpedos would go towards the sinking ship. And by then, youd have around half a dozen torpedos going straight back to your little kilo or akula.