China Sends Uninvited Spy Ship to RIMPAC

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  1. Sea Eagle

    Sea Eagle Senior Member Senior Member

    Feb 16, 2014
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    China slipped an uninvited guest into the world's largest naval exercise.
    The U.S. invited four ships from China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise — a move that was hailed as a sign of improved military-to-military relations between the two countries.
    But China also sent an electronic surveillance ship designed to monitor signals from the ships, right to the edges of the exercise.
    "The U.S. Pacific Fleet has been monitoring a Chinese navy surveillance ship operating in the vicinity of Hawaii outside U.S. territorial seas," Capt. Darryn James, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told USNI News late Friday.
    "We expect this ship will remain outside of U.S. territorial seas and not operate in a manner that disrupts the ongoing Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise."
    James said the ship was not part of the exercise and would not speculate on the ship's purpose but said that it appeared in the vicinity of Hawaii about a week ago.
    "Any questions about the ship's intent or capabilities will need to be addressed by the People's Liberation Army Navy," he said.

    A message left with PLAN representatives at RIMPAC was not immediately returned.
    As of Friday, the ship was operating south of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, near the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) carrier strike group (CSG) and the main body of the 50 ships participating in the exercise, several sources confirmed to USNI News.
    The ship is a Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) ship, one in a class of three PLAN ships designed to gather electronic and communication data from surrounding vessels and aircraft, sources confirmed to USNI News.
    China watcher Andrew Eriksonsaid the ship is likely to be one the PLAN's most experienced, in a late Friday interview with USNI News.
    "This AGI is most likely to be the Type 815 Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel Beijixing (pennant number 851), home ported in the East Sea Fleet," Erickson, an associate professor at the Naval War College said.
    "Beijixing is the most experienced vessel from the PLAN's most advanced class of AGI. Based on Internet photos and Japanese government and other media reports, Beijixing is China's most well-traveled AGI, having operated frequently near and within Japan's claimed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."
    The Dongdiao-class off Hawaii is operating inside the U.S. EEZ but not in territorial waters, James said.
    "The Chinese Navy AGI ship's presence is in accordance with international law regarding freedom of navigation," he said.
    "The U.S. Navy operates in waters beyond the territorial seas of coastal nations around the world while adhering to international law and norms, and China's AGI is permitted to do the same."
    Monitoring electronic signals and communications from rivals exercises is nothing new. The U.S. and then-Soviet navies were famous for stalking one anothers exercises to gain intelligence information. China often accuses the U.S. of doing the same in areas like the South China Sea.

    China Sends Uninvited Spy Ship to RIMPAC | USNI News
  3. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

    Sep 28, 2011
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    Chinese spy ship arrives at naval exercise

    Chinese spy ship arrives at giant U.S.-led naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii - Washington Times
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  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Re: Chinese spy ship arrives at naval exercise

    It means that the Chinese can make merry while the sun shines.

    Very professional.

    Amidst all the bon homie and confidence building, the Chinese are at their usual best - snooping to counterfeit.
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  5. CemmiiLL

    CemmiiLL Regular Member

    Jul 23, 2014
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    gotta give them points for audacity


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