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Discussions Aim to Resolve U.S. Survey Ship Incident
American Forces Press Service ^ | Jim Garamone

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.

Morrell said the U.S. defense attaché in Beijing has been talking with China’s defense ministry about the incident.
The Chinese defense attaché also is speaking with Defense Department officials.

“[The incident] is serious enough that we believe it requires face-to-face talks to find out what was going on here and to ensure that there are no further incidents of this nature in the future,” Morrell said.

Morrell reiterated the U.S. position that the Impeccable was performing its mission in international waters.

“We hope that the Chinese would behave in a similar way, that is, according to international law,” he said. “Furthermore, this incident is not at all consistent with the expressed desire of both governments to build a closer relationship, particularly a closer military-to-military relationship.”

The U.S. position is that if a ship is lawfully operating in international waters, “that that is legal and permitted, and there should be no … reason to interfere with those operations,” Morrell said.

Officials are hopeful that the conversations between the two nations will clear up any misunderstandings about this incident and ensure it doesn’t happen again, he added.

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U.S. Will Continue to Sail in International Waters, Official Says
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: china; navigation; prc; ships

1 posted on 03/11/2009 4:45:28 PM PDT by SandRat
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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???


2 posted on 03/11/2009 4:48:02 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

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.


3 posted on 03/11/2009 5:11:08 PM PDT by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: SandRat

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.


4 posted on 03/11/2009 5:12:24 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
CIWS. Let your R2D2 do the talking.

5 posted on 03/11/2009 5:16:00 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: HardStarboard

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?


6 posted on 03/11/2009 6:12:25 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: SandRat
Gee I thought Zero would get very Mad and send a strong Letter!! Dam they are lucky it will be just a phone call..
7 posted on 03/11/2009 6:36:12 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: HardStarboard

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.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 7:05:33 PM PDT by Tenega
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>>> 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.<<<

Totally agree with your analysis;...unless of course I learn that nuclear subs routinely run upsidedown.

9 posted on 03/12/2009 9:57:03 AM PDT by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: HardStarboard

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?


10 posted on 03/12/2009 3:40:03 PM PDT by Tenega
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