U.S., Chinese Navy Ships Almost Collided In South China Sea
The USS Cowpens was forced to take evasive action when a Chinese Navy ship cut across its path.By Matt Picht | December 14, 2013
Increased tensions between the U.S. and China almost led to disaster last week after a U.S. ship nearly collided with a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea.
Officials say the USS Cowpens was operating in international waters near China's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on Dec. 5. The Cowpens was forced to take evasive action after a Chinese ship escorting the Liaoning cut across the U.S. vessel's path. (Via Al Jazeera)
The two ships exchanged bridge-to-bridge contact in what one defense official characterized as a "tense but professional" communication, and the vessels went their separate ways without incident. In a formal statement, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said the near miss "underscores the need to ensure the highest standard of professional seamanship ... to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap." (Via The New York Times)