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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Oct 2018 10:04 p.m. PST

"What would happen should a U.S. Navy warship collide with a Chinese vessel while demonstrating on behalf of freedom of the sea?

This hasn't been a trivial or hypothetical question since at least April 2001, when a Chinese fighter jet hotdogging near a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance plane slammed into the American aircraft, kindling a diplomatic crisis between the Chinese Communist Party leadership and the newly installed administration of President George W. Bush. This aerial encounter furnished advance warning of what might happen on the surface below….."
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

I suspect it will be a major incident, and certainly should be.

Lion in the Stars10 Oct 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

All the diplomats get to yell and scream.

The American Captain loses his job. Whoever was Officer of the Deck during the collision also loses their job.

Hopefully nobody dies, but when you get 10,000 tons of steel bouncing around, well, it's not pretty.

FatherOfAllLogic10 Oct 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

Well, we get to see who builds stouter ships…..

Tgunner10 Oct 2018 6:21 a.m. PST

Or maybe the US skipper orders the 5" mount to put a round across the Chineseman's bow, then locks on the thing's superstructure for the next round if they don't back off.

Things could get that scary if the Chinese push the issue with the *wrong* captain.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Oct 2018 10:46 a.m. PST



Stryderg10 Oct 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

One or both of the ships sinks?

carne6810 Oct 2018 1:48 p.m. PST

Used to happen a lot.
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…before the navy got wussified.

KPinder10 Oct 2018 4:11 p.m. PST

I'd like to think we've got a sub running close by our DD. If it gets too hairy, the US captain goes hard astern and stops. The sub up periscopes nearby and the US Captain's radios the Chinese commander "move it or lose it."

NavyVet10 Oct 2018 4:55 p.m. PST

Both ships sail off as best able. Protests are made by both sides and life goes on. That's the way it happened during the Cold War.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 5:56 p.m. PST

They make a little gunboat and live happily ever after?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 11:47 p.m. PST

I don't think that's how it works, TG.

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