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They probably just noticed the "For SALE - Going out of Business" sign on the ship. They were just the repo crew checking in on their property.
well were they chinese navy or civilians . is there any chance they might be covering up smuggling operations in area by harassing us navy ship that might have noticed them. what they could be smuggling i don't know weapons, drugs, bootleg movies, i don't know but if cartels are using submersibles to bring drugs here to us why couldn't someone be using something similar in thsat part of world.
Originally posted by Harlequin
The president of the USA directly ordered the admiral of the carrier group to NOT assist the liberty.twice.
jealousy?? nah, i laugh at the poor and broke debt ridden america and its stupid yankistaniy , who have ruined and screwed by the rich bankers , who made your nation a whore for israel , don't believe me ? read the protocols of zion ,you will understand ...
I have to confess I can be the paranoid type at times. Ever since the false flag attack by the Israelis on the U.S.S. Liberty you would think they would better escort Spy Vessels.
That's interesting - got a link for that one. Sounds a bit like Obama is working up a list of little little things the Chinese are up to, the ship was in international waters after all.
OK time for an Eye opener Yeah I try and see both sides I try to be fair.
Notice anything? I believe that there is a "lifting" capability perhaps?
We are talking about China deciding to shake a stick at an unarmed US Navy ship, and you bring up an incident involving Israel in 1967?
"Because the vessels' intentions were not known, Impeccable sprayed its fire hoses at one of the vessels in order to protect itself," the statement said. "The Chinese crewmembers disrobed to their underwear and continued closing to within 25 feet."
"They dropped pieces of wood in the water directly in front of Impeccable's path."
He said the Chinese crew members used poles to try to snag the Impeccable's acoustic equipment in the water.
On March 4, a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a high-intensity spotlight to illuminate the entire length of the ocean surveillance ship USNS Victorious several times, including its bridge crew. USNS Victorious was conducting lawful military operations in the Yellow Sea, about 125 nautical miles from China's coast. The Chinese ship then crossed Victorious' bow at a range of about 1400 yards in darkness without notice or warning. The following day, a Chinese Y-12 maritime surveillance aircraft conducted 12 fly-bys of Victorious at an altitude of about 400 feet and a range of 500 yards.
On March 5, without notice or warning, a Chinese frigate approached USNS Impeccable and proceeded to cross its bow at a range of approximately 100 yards. This was followed less than two hours later by a Chinese Y-12 aircraft conducting 11 fly-bys of Impeccable at an altitude of 600 feet and a range from 100-300 feet. The frigate then crossed Impeccable's bow yet again, this time at a range of approximately 400-500 yards without rendering courtesy or notice of her intentions.
On March 7, a PRC intelligence collection ship (AGI) challenged USNS Impeccable over bridge-to-bridge radio, calling her operations illegal and directing Impeccable to leave the area or "suffer the consequences."
The Chinese ships involved in the March 8 incident included a Chinese Navy intelligence collection ship (AGI), a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries Patrol Vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel, and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers.
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft routinely operate in international waters around the world, and this area is one such location where we operate regularly. Chinese ships and aircraft routinely steam or fly near U.S. Navy ships in this area, however these actions were considerably more aggressive and unprofessional than we have seen, and greatly increase the risk of collision or miscalculation.
The Chinese are just showing their unprofessionalism, the worst kind of weakness in a military force. They displayed such back in 2001, and had a casualty as a result, and have done so again. Furthermore, they have failed to respect traditional Maritime rules of conduct. We are in a much more powerful position to make apparent to the Chinese what it would be like if their naval ships could not safety leave port or venture beyond territorial seas.
Used poles? Like fishing poles? UMM... I thought the acoustic equipment (the sonar) was built on to the ship, but I could be wrong about that.