Sunday, December 15, 2013

US Cruiser Threatened

As reported by Stars and Stripes (1), among other sources, the Aegis cruiser USS Cowpens was ordered to stop by Chinese forces while the ship was operating in the South China Sea, in the vicinity of the new Chinese carrier.  Cowpens was forced to maneuver to avoid collisions when it refused to stop.

As suggested in a recent post, the possibility of a repeat of an EP-3 forcedown type incident is a distinct possibility bordering on certainty.  The Chinese are acting well beyond international law and are spoiling for a fight to establish their international dominance.  I hope we are conducting our activities with a great deal of ready force to back up our ships and planes that are being placed in harm's way.


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