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Report: Chinese sub hits destroyer sonar array

A Chinese submarine struck a sonar array being towed by the destroyer John S. McCain on Friday in Subic Bay, off the coast of the Philippines, CNN reported Friday.

CNN brings up the obvious question:

The official, who declined to be named because the incident had not been made public, would not say whether the U.S. ship knew the submarine was that close to it.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) operates with ships from the Indian navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force April 16, 2007, while under way in Tokyo Wan during a trilateral exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John L. Beeman)

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) operates with ships from the Indian navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force April 16, 2007, while under way in Tokyo Wan during a trilateral exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John L. Beeman)

Comments

  1. I would say a more important and equally obvious question is whether the Chinese sub knew it was about to run into the US sensors.

    If not, good for us. If so, good for them.

  2. Another would be if how’d manage to track the McCain like that without her noticing the sub.

  3. Latest word (as if any MO readers hadn’t heard already) is that the Navy was tracking the sub, but the sub probably didn’t expect the towed array to be where it was.

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