Chinese Naval Vessel Tries To Stop US Warship

 Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS
Cowpens (CG 63) in the Pacific Ocean.(Reuters

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship
to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military
standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment,
according to
defense officials.

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in
disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese
warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier
Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.

“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in
the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter
that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official said.

“This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards
of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to
mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”
A State Department official said the U.S. government issued protests
to China in both Washington and Beijing in both diplomatic and military

The Cowpens was conducting surveillance of the Liaoning at the time.
The carrier had recently sailed from the port of Qingdao on the northern
Chinese coast into the South China Sea.
According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy
vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The
cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was
operating in international waters.

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Source : foxnews



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