WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon said Monday that Chinese ships harassed a U.S. surveillance ship Sunday in the South China Sea in the latest of
several instances of "increasingly aggressive conduct" in the past week. The Pentagon says the USNS Impeccable, a surveillance ship, was on routine
patrol in the South China Sea. The Pentagon says the USNS Impeccable, a surveillance ship, was on routine patrol in the South China Sea.
During the incident, five Chinese vessels "shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable, in an apparent
coordinated effort to harass the U.S. ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters," the Pentagon said
in a written statement.
The crew members aboard the vessels, two of which were within 50 feet, waved Chinese flags and told the U.S. ship to leave the area, the statement
It sounds like the Chinese are getting just a bit more aggressive. I am well aware that they popped up 2 nuclear submarines in the middle of our fleet
during naval exercises a few years ago, but coupled with the aggressive posturing by N. Korea, I think they might be testing Obama.
The Chinese vessels circled the US Navy Ship, waved Chinese flags, told the ship to leave the international waters of the South China Sea, mooned the
vessel (yes its true, haha), cut the vessel off when it tried to leave, threw large wood planks in its path, and tried to use gaff hooks to take the
vessel's sonar equipment from the water.
The Impeccable is pretty much an underwater research vessel, which I assume gathers both undersea topographical data as well as data on submarine
operations in the area.
Here's some info on the sonar system it has from the Navy's website:
Impeccable has a more powerful propulsion plant and is designed specifically for deploying two towed-array sonar systems -- a passive system, which
listens for acoustic information, and an active system which emits a low frequency and works in conjunction with the passive system to gather acoustic
I'm not really surprised, but the Chinese government had no comment and offered no apology for the incident.
One of the most interesting part of the article was the statement that this event was one of the "latest of several instances of 'increasingly
aggressive conduct' in the past week." I don't recall seeing any other news reports on incidents of Chinese aggression in the past week, could they
(Pentagon) be withholding information on additional encounters?
Could they be doing it because these encounters were a bit more serious?
Do you think it's possible that North Korea and China coordinated a more aggressive stance against the U.S. ?
It's also interesting that China would become more aggressive because they are the #1 primary holder of U.S. Foreign Debt.
Is this just toying with the Obama Administration, or could it possibly be something bigger, maybe a sign of things to come?
[edit on 9-3-2009 by JipStix]