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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

"Since Sunday, there is much talk of the new naval incident between the Chinese and American navies in disputed waters of the South China Sea. I sum up, the USS Decatur missile frigate patrolled 12 nautical miles from the Gaven and Johnson Islands which Beijing claims sovereignty.

According to US officials, the USS Decatur (DDG 73, see photo below) was performing its maneuver as part of a "routine" operation to ensure "freedom of navigation" in the area against the will of China to control the sector…."

That's SO close!…


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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

Looks like about 45 feet of space between them, as opposed to yards, if that.

I suspect a change in our ROEs are in order.

StarCruiser03 Oct 2018 4:35 p.m. PST

And – here's where an actual Battleship would have come in handy…

I can't imagine anyone in the PLAN being stupid enough to play chicken with an Iowa.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 5:24 p.m. PST

If new ROEs are instituted, and announced openly, I suspect they'll stop doing that too.

No need for another aircraft, or vessel collision, and should one occur there will be hell to pay.

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 5:44 p.m. PST

Maybe we should try to implement that PT boat strategy in the Philippines that we weren't able to pull off before dub dub 2.

Lion in the Stars03 Oct 2018 9:45 p.m. PST

Chinese Captain is playing stupid, that's within the arc of the 5" gun on a Burke.

Wonder what the sonic boom of a 5" shell whipping past the bridge of that Chinese ship would do?

@PrivateSnafu: PT boats are a great way to get a dozen sailors killed at a time.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 1:47 a.m. PST

Not if you put surface-to-surface missiles on them, and make them stealthy.

Lion in the Stars04 Oct 2018 3:25 a.m. PST

A stealthy PT boat is called a submarine, Thresher. evil grin

Though stealthy ships defeat the purpose of Freedom of Navigation exercises like this. You *want* to be seen!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 11:01 a.m. PST



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