Navy: Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in the South China Sea

Navy: Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in the South China Sea
USS Decatur (DDG-73). USN

[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.

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