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US, Chinese Warships "Nearly Collide" In South China Sea
12-14-2013, 03:01 AM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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With the recent deployment of China's air defenze zone, and the subsequent announcement of a comparable zone by South Korea which overlaps not only with China's own, but with that of Japan, it almost seems like a scenario designed to provoke an escalating conflict on the tiniest of provocations is actively being produced. A scenario such as the one US defense officials revealed today, when a 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.

Hold on: how can two massive ships, visible to the naked eye and certainly to radar from hundreds of miles away, "nearly collide"?

Reuters reports that the incident took place on December 5 and involved the USS Cowpens. The Pacific Fleet statement did not offer details about what led to the near-collision.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-13...-china-sea
12-14-2013, 03:37 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Growing up, I found out the two biggest douchebags on any block were inevitably going to fight at some point. 15.gif

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12-14-2013, 03:47 AM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Hej sweetie hug.gif

And we all wanted to watch it chuckle.gif
12-14-2013, 03:52 AM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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hug.gif Guilty, but it was fun while it lasted. chuckle.gif

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12-14-2013, 04:28 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Also had a class with the harbor captain of the 3rd biggest harbor in Finland. She's been a captain on the seas for years and had some wild stories. Apparently a fully loaded cargo ship takes about 45 minutes to come to a stop after you hit the brakes. damned.gif

So yes accidents COULD happen if vessels weren't equipped with instruments to prevent that from happening. FFS, like warships are oblivious to their surroundings, sure. 15.gif

Shenanigans
12-14-2013, 09:52 AM #6
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(12-14-2013, 04:28 AM)Octo Wrote:  Also had a class with the harbor captain of the 3rd biggest harbor in Finland. She's been a captain on the seas for years and had some wild stories. Apparently a fully loaded cargo ship takes about 45 minutes to come to a stop after you hit the brakes. damned.gif

So yes accidents COULD happen if vessels weren't equipped with instruments to prevent that from happening. FFS, like warships are oblivious to their surroundings, sure. 15.gif

Shenanigans

Good point ~ I also heard that the Chinese ship was attempting to 'inspect' the U.S. ship. Wrong move in international waters. A Ticonderoga class cruiser isn't exactly a push-over.



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