WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese navy ship maneuvering nearby, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Friday.
The incident on December 5 involving the USS Cowpens came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China following Beijing's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.
The Pacific Fleet statement did not offer details about what led to the near-collision. But it did say the incident underscored the need for the "highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap."
Beijing declared the air defense zone over the East China Sea late last month and demanded that aircraft flying through the area provide it with flight plans and other information.
The United States and its allies rejected the Chinese demand and have continued to fly military aircraft into the zone, which includes air space over a small group of islands claimed by China but currently administered by Tokyo.
In the midst of the tensions over the air defense zone, China deployed its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to the South China Sea for maneuvers. Beijing claims most of the South China Sea and is involved in territorial disputes in the region with several of its neighbors.
(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Jim Loney)
Anthony 9 minutes ago 0 2
A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action -
Now, that's ridiculous. The first Navy of the world was forced to take evasive action....in International water?
If US doesn't blow any of China warship blocking its way in International water...China will continue to do this way over and over again...
But again, US is actually lead by the most big mouth but knee-jerk commander in chief. So US warships will continue to make -evasive action- in front of China warships
ppfftt 7 hours ago 3 90
Just posturing and playing chicken, like the cold war days with the ruskies and their AGI (automatic gain intercept), , new people getting their power play rocks off. Back in the 70's you very seldom heard about it, but it was a constant in some areas.
Google russian navy US Navy collisions.
nofooln 7 hours ago 12 19
Wrong. China's claims over the China Sea have been limited to rhetoric in the past. The declaration of a security zone and provocative actions by their military are serious escalations not to be taken lightly. Those who think this is just harmless posturing are in for a rude awakening when China ups the ante down the road, and they will.
JN 7 hours ago 0 3
Not what "AGI" stands for ....
Ray 5 hours ago 3 17
I hope that the Chinese don't make a very costly mistake. War with the US and i am sure that all trade with them would come to an immediate halt.
Russell 4 hours ago 5 4
nofooln you're your a fool. Read a little history of the Cold War. It's just more of the same.
Scifiguy 4 hours ago 3 10
Biggest difference between the Chinese now as compared to the USSR back in the day. We didn't owe trillions to the USSR, the USSR didn't have the ability to destroy our financial markets!
mike 4 hours ago 0 4
Yup, I remember the good ol days when those TRAWLERS were known to us as the garbage collectors, when I was on the , at that time the Russians did not even know how to unrep ! I bet the Chinese don't now ! Well, they don't even have blue water AOE's !
Robert 2 hours ago 0 2
Thanks for the heads up on US/Russian naval collisions. I worked in a naval shipyard from 1976 to 1995 and wasn't aware of this. Whenever they'd tow a ship in for major below-the-waterline repairs, we were told that we'd run into our own ships and/or submarines. No one I knew ever questioned this.
Robert 7 hours ago 8 302
I'm curious how naval ships that travel maybe up to 45 nautical mph and have radar and sonar that can see vast miles all around can almost collide? It sounds more like a game of chicken.
foo 3 hours ago 1 47
Obviously the Chinese ship was - um - made in China.
George 6 hours ago 11 5
Propably the American as well.
MadeMyOwnWay 6 hours ago 1 5
and painted with lead based paint. I'd rather be in a Japanese built fishing boat than a Chinese made warship; better chance of surviving on the open sea.
Raymond 6 hours ago 0 3
With all that lead in that ship being made in China how is it afloat?
SFODA 6 hours ago 0 2
Actually, it was made in the Ukraine during the Soviet days.
RonA 5 hours ago 0 2
If it's made as well as their cars, all you have to do is bump it. It'll crumple up and sink.
richard 4 hours ago 0 2
china was to let north korea build that #$%$, that failed, was to buy Russian #$%$, that failed, BUILT #$%$, that WILL FAIL, NO BREAKFEST for you, NO LUNCH, NO DINNER china........
ricardo 4 hours ago 1 0
What's the problem? The computer you are using in this moment also was made China and your cellphone too !
Chris 4 hours ago 0 2
That particular ship maybe, but their only aircraft carrier was made by the USSR in the 80's.
Charles 8 hours ago 7 141
In the seventies I on Cape Kennedy's test range, on surface, when some Russian trawlers, that had been observing slowed and stopped in front of us, the captain came up and saw what was going on, then called down to control center to increase speed to flank, which is, look out Jack we're coming through, needless to say, they moved.
Chiang Mai 10 hours ago 0 28
Love to hear this.
Thanks for your service guys
Slug Munchies 10 hours ago 1 6
U-571. Oh, wait - that was a movie. Red October? Unfortunately, the closed I've done is the USS Pampanito, moored at the Embarcadaro in San Francisco.
Nick 9 hours ago 0 6
Never been on a sub, but I have been designing and assisting with construction of subs and ship demagnetizing facilities for more than 20 years. Our Navy is tops in my book. They will do the necessary, if the politicians will allow it.
observer 9 hours ago 2 9
There are Maritime Rules of the Road, which all Masters must use except in time of emergency or war. A ship that is stopped in not maneuverable and therefore has the right-of-way. Yes, it can be misused but that is the hard fact of the matter.
TheAntichrist 3 hours ago 0 9
Coincidence or what. As soon as there is a conflict about air space a near collision at sea jumps out from the sky. How the heck in wide open international waters could such an incident occur without one or the other resorting to gamesmanship? Don't be fooled people this is another power struggle going on here
KMA 3 hours ago 0 10
A new Cold War...stuff like this probably happens on a daily basis we just never hear about it.
Dave 56 minutes ago 0 5
This is interesting but I have to run to Walmart for good deals.
FiftyCentArmy 35 minutes ago 0 3
Whatever you do, please don't tariff communist Chinese products!!! It would kill off Chinese sweatshops and the American factories might start hiring Americans with good paying middle class jobs and no one would want that. RIGHT?
ERNIE 4 hours ago 0 5
I LIKE TO SEE US CARRIER AND CHINA CARRIER SPAR IN THE MIDDLE PACIFIC SEE WHO WILL SINK TO THE BOTTOM OCEAN FLOOR.
MeSue 4 hours ago 0 3
Sure the Chinese will sink faster. If it happens god forbid then it will be a lesson that they will never forget. China never mess with the USA or you will have a hell to pay. What do you think about the made of China? China is always a chicken.
joseph 3 hours ago 1 0
they only scare little ( country ) like vn... lao...etc.
Joseph 2 hours ago 0 0
No need for that. Even the Brita would beat their navy, US would be overkill. They have no blue water capability.
anon 3 hours ago 0 5
You just observed Pearl Harbor anniversary didn't you?
Rick W 42 minutes ago 0 1
Playing chicken with warships probably isn't the brightest thing to do.
D Terrent 4 hours ago 0 6
This is news? US and Soviet vessels played chicken constantly during the cold war. Try taking evasive action to shake a live torpedo.
Shane 5 hours ago 0 5
Uh oh they deployed their only aircraft carrier! China means business.
RichardC 4 hours ago 0 2
And it's a rehabbed Russian old junker
Jerry 3 hours ago 0 0
It's just as far to the bottom of the China Sea for their aircraft carriers as their battle ships!
Boun 1 hour ago 0 1
War is imminent. Go Yankees!
Louie 7 hours ago 0 6
I do not know what happened here but every time I read stories such as ships almost colliding in the middle of the ocean board. Navigation in oceans throughout the world should be the same. Yield to slower vessels, pass on right, etc... Just wondering
Michael P 7 hours ago 0 5
It wasn't an accident, it was on purpose.
take it easy 3 hours ago 0 0
When you drive your car; suddenly, the car in front of you makes a stop, you have to maneuver (hit brake, change lanes, ...). Same thing here, it just that braking a big boat is not easy.
Public Joe 2 hours ago 0 3
US ship is trying to find out how far we could push the Chinese. Now we know. The Chinese will run their warships directly to USS Washington sometime in the near future in return.
译注：美国历史上叫华盛顿号或者差不多名字的战舰比中国历史上叫济南号的还多四倍……严格意义上，这里说的应该不是任何一艘华盛顿号（USS Washington），而是乔治·华盛顿号（USS George Washington）中的那艘航母（CVN-73）。
star_spangled_socialist 7 hours ago 0 3
Gonna be an aircraft carrying submarine if they keep that up. Oh and, REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY, ya sell outs!
PAUL 1 hour ago 0 2
DiegoV, first of all, why don't you turn in your Green Card and get the hell out of my country, I can cut my own lawn, then you can watch as, MY Tax Dollars, drop a million pounds of Bombs on those Idiots we have left over from the past 3 Wars. 1 million Communist Soldiers gone in a second, Not a big deal.
jeffery 39 minutes ago 0 0
China is playing a really dangerous game. One thing Chinese need to know is it working with Russia equipment that 7 fleet has practices against for the last 60 years.
EW 8 hours ago 0 3
Appears to be similar to the situations that were played on Yankee station with US carriers. Then it was "fishing trawlers" with lots of antennas trying to disrupt carrier operations. US destroyers would maneuver according to International Rules of the Road to intercept and deflect interference by the "trawler".