The first time acknowledged the U.S. military ships collide U.S. warships are tracking the Chinese submarine
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recently, “China’s submarine and U.S. warships towed sonar collision” has caused widespread speculation. Anonymous U.S. defense officials on the 20th to the United States, “Navy Times” for the first time admitted that the accident of the U.S. Navy, “McCain” missile destroyer was on track Chinese submarines, while several U.S. Navy experts believe, is unlikely to be cause of the accident opportunity to showcase China’s submarine military, but this incident shows that the U.S. Navy anti-submarine force remains a great lack of need to improve.
“Navy Times,” said the two anonymous senior U.S. military official confirmed that the collision occurred, “McCain” is to track Chinese submarines in waters near the Philippines, but the Chinese submarine was accidentally entangled dragged behind the destroyer one sea miles (about 1.8 km) of the sonar, but the submarine did not surface. The two officials would not say “McCain” to track China’s strategic missile attack submarine or a submarine, there is no clear exactly when the accident occurred, but said the incident occurred in international waters south of Subic Bay. “McCain” was not seriously injured, the accident and returned to Sasebo naval base in Japan for a few days rest and then return to sea to intercept North Korean ships involved in the action.
reported that despite the recent Sino-US naval confrontation between the South China Sea on many occasions, but most observers believe that the incident with the 2006 Chinese submarines in the “Kitty Hawk” near the surface the situation is different This incident and the growing Chinese military power can not be considered a show of force, the collision was “no intention” of. And they believe that China can not take the initiative to try to cut off the submarine sonar streamer. The report quoted a South China Sea had been anti-submarine operations, former U.S. destroyer captain Jane ? Fantuo saying, “There is no need to use a submarine captain is willing to hit and destroy the submarine towed sonar, which is almost impossible to deliberately behavior, because you do not want to drag sonar involved in the propeller. “In 1983 a Soviet submarine in the Atlantic because the impact was on a U.S. frigate towed sonar, resulting sonar streamer involved in the propeller, the submarine was eventually forced to surface. Jane ? Fantuo that, according to the Associated Press to say, the incident location in Subic Bay, 144 km away from the Mindoro Strait, the local water environment is very noisy, which makes underwater where the monitor as the main means to rely on anti-submarine operations “in fact only fate.” He believes that “it is likely that both know the situation with the experience, both sides probably feel surprised.” America’s China Program Director of the Nixon Center Thompson also believes that this is an accident, not intentionally with China confront the United States, “U.S. ships no one has to try to block the other road, nor any other party intentionally destroyed equipment.” Xhosa U.S. Asia-Pacific security experts said, “Who can not expect China to the U.S. Navy submarine to tell where their location, as U.S. submarines would never tell anyone this information, like the Chinese navy is moving into the blue water, they will like the United States think and act as the Navy. ”
but some people still question the motive of the Chinese submarine. U.S. Naval Postgraduate School professor John ? Al Aquila said, the intention of the Chinese submarine ship is more likely to secretly track, “McCain” to test or confirm “quietly approaching U.S. warships and withdrawal capacity.” Al Aquila believes that if there is no collision, this should be a “perfect success.” He warned that the incident should ring alarm bells for the U.S. Navy, “In this incident, I can see is that China’s use of stealth navy ships equipped with the ability to close our large growing.”
U.S. Agency for International Strategic Studies Center of the Chinese security experts Glaser that, given the region’s economic and strategic interests of the competition, divided into different waters and different interpretations of the growing Chinese fleet, the occurrence of such accidents is normal. Glaser said the U.S. Navy frequently in close proximity to each other where to start operations, but China does not recognize the U.S. military presence, especially within the exclusive economic zone does not recognize the existence of the United States is legal, in this case, the possibility of their future accidents will increase. To this end, the U.S. military plans to confrontation with China over the South China Sea consultation. U.S. Department of Defense announced on the 19th, the U.S. Department of Defense for Policy Michael ? Foluonuoyi long time led the U.S. delegation of 23 to 24 will visit Beijing and meet with People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of staff, both Recently the United States will focus on ships at sea confrontation since the start consultations on other issues. U.S. Department of Defense said Foluonuoyi access to military officials hope to drive between the two countries more frequent meetings and exchanges in order to ensure that such incidents do not lose control.
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