Destroyer USS Decatur Has Close Encounter with Chinese Warship (excerpt)
(Source: US Naval Institute News; posted Oct 01, 2018)
By Ben Werner
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) was approached Sunday morning in the South China Sea by a Chinese warship in what Navy officials are calling an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver.

At about 8:30 a.m. local time, Decatur was conducting freedom of navigation operations (FONOps) in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Luyang-class destroyer approached Decatur, which was operating within 12 nautical miles of the Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands, Cmdr. Nathan Christensen, a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman, told USNI News in an email.

“The (People’s Republic of China) PRC destroyer conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for Decatur to depart the area. The PRC destroyer approached within 45 yards of Decatur’s bow, after which Decatur maneuvered to prevent a collision,” Christensen said.

Decatur’s route passed rocks and reefs that China has turned into artificial islands in a bid to extend its South China Sea territorial claims. These islands are not recognized by international law as meeting the requirements to qualify as sovereign territory. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the USNI website.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As a British journalist half-jokingly said in a Twitter post,
“Bearing in mind the problems with navigation in USN Pacific Fleet, are they in any position to judge "unprofessional" sailing by another navy..?”)


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