Skip to comments.Discussions Aim to Resolve U.S. Survey Ship Incident
Posted on 03/11/2009 4:45:28 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, March 11, 2009 The incident in the South China Sea involving a U.S. ocean surveillance ship is serious enough to merit face-to-face discussions between U.S. and Chinese officials, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.
The USNS Impeccable an unarmed Military Sealift Command vessel -- was conducting operations in international waters 70 miles south of Hainan Island on March 8 when the ship was surrounded and harassed by five Chinese vessels.
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Hey, on FoxNews there was a newsflash about a ship caught in high seas carrying containers of a type of fertilizer,,,,that they say ‘FELL OFF’ in high seas...WHOA, isn’t that stuff used in making bombs like Oklahoma bombing?? How do we know they fell off, or were they taken off and sold to terrorists?? Thirty containers falling off are a red flag to me???
There are so many containers floating with minimum positive bouiancy in many areas of the worlds oceans that they are a serious hazard to smaller ships and cruising vessels. They float that way for years.
They are next to impossible to locate before you hole your boat.
However...wet fertilizer has a tough time going bang.
Nothing to discuss. The next ship, the next time, needs about 20 Stinger missiles, some Harpoon ship-to- ship missiles, and some miniguns.
One good volley will stop the harassment.
Not if it was offloaded at a port and hauled away in a truck, and really didn’t end up in the sea. That was my red flag, that we should not take this ships word that it just fell in the sea during high seas, but check other possibilies...or can they find it if it was offloaded somewhere?
How about 30 of these things dumped with anchor systems along base-to-base US submarine routes. Even without explosives, they become cheap but deadly mine systems if a speeding attack sub smacks one a depth. I’m still perplexed by the unlikely explanation given in 2005 for the severe damage and 60 injuries suffered to the crew of the USS San Francisco en route from Guam to Australia. Supposedly she hit an uncharted underwater mountain. Sure. That explains the massive topside damage to her bow.
Totally agree with your analysis;...unless of course I learn that nuclear subs routinely run upsidedown.
Aside from taking a most dangerous, billion-dollar warship out of the order of battle, such “a-symetric” warfare would also prompt slower transit speeds globally and the give-away use of active sonar. What’s not to like if you’re the PLAN?
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