[Ed. – That’s aggressive, irresponsible, and extremely dangerous. Two big hunks of metal separated by less than half a football field, without a prior plan for safe maneuvering. For reference, Decatur would typically be only 15 or so yards closer to a similarly-sized ship she was conducting a carefully controlled underway/alongside replenishment with.]
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur had to maneuver to avoid a collision on Sunday after a Chinese warship came within 45 yards of its bow as the American ship transited a disputed island chain in the South China Sea on Sunday, U.S. defense officials said.
The close encounter that the U.S. Navy characterized as “unsafe and unprofessional” comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China.
“At approximately 0830 local time on September 30, a PRC LUYANG destroyer approached USS DECATUR in an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea,” said Capt. Charlie Brown, a U.S. Pacific Fleet Spokesman.