Grounded

Chinese Frigate ‘Stranded’ in Disputed Waters

A Chinese naval frigate has run aground while patrolling disputed waters in the South China Sea, the defense ministry said July 13, amid tensions with the Philippines over territorial claims.

The ship was on “routine patrol” when it became stranded near Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands on July 11, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

Another news report indicates an ID number of 560, which indicates it is the Dongguan, a Jianghu-V missile frigate:

Chinese Dongguan, Type 053H1G (Jianghu-V Class) Missile Frigate

Chinese Dongguan, Type 053H1G (Jianghu-V Class) Missile Frigate

According to SinoDefense, the Dongguan completed a modernization refit in 2008.

Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands

Half Moon Shoal in the Spratly Islands

Comments

  1. I refuse to pay a dollar for a donut.

    Anyway, while the idea has some merit it is rarely a good idea to attribute to conspiracy that which can more easily be attributed to incompetence.
    ;)

    1. I’ve read my Heinlein, but China really wants the Spratlys as insular territorial waters.

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