Chinese Sub collides with sonar array towed by U.S. Navy ship ( John McCain)

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Sub collides with sonar array towed by U.S. Navy ship (Chinese sub hits USS John McCain)

In what a U.S. military official calls an "inadvertent encounter," a Chinese submarine hit an underwater sonar array being towed by the destroyer USS John McCain on Thursday.

The array was damaged, but the sub and the ship did not collide, the official said. A sonar array is a radar towed behind a ship that listens and locates underwater sounds.

The incident occurred near Subic Bay off the coast of the Philippines.
 

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What is a PLAN SSK doing the Subic bay area ???
 

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or rather have a "silent Look" at the base but truned out to be not so silent look after all
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_John_S._McCain_(DDG-56)

Namesake: John S. McCain, Jr. and John S. McCain, Sr.

Ordered: 13 December 1988

Laid down: 3 September 1991

Launched: 26 September 1992

Commissioned: 2 July 1994

Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan

Motto: Fortune Favors the Brave

Status: Active in service as of 2009

Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,794.38 tons
Full: approx. 8,885.66 tons
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
Sensors and
processing systems: • AN/SPY-1D Radar
• AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
• AN/SPS-64(V)9 Surface Search Radar
• AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
• AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar
• AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System
Electronic warfare
and decoys: • AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
• AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
• MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System
• AN/SLQ-39 CHAFF Buoys
Armament: 1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS


2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes

Aircraft carried: 1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked
 

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Point is, what was the Chinese sub doing so close to the ship? Playing cat and mouse, huh?
 

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Interesting. These incidents between the USN and PLAN are increasing. Wonder if there is more to it than an inadvertent brush?
 

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Point is, what was the Chinese sub doing so close to the ship? Playing cat and mouse, huh?
USN is going to carry out a joint drill there. maybe PLAN wanted to have a close watch.
 

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Isn't it a bit too close if you collide with the guys on whom you are supposed to spy? :D
 

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Looks like the Chinese are increasing their intelligence gathering in the region.
IN better be on alert.On alert in case a Chinese sub crashes into them.:blum3:
 

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The PLAN's subs stalk those regions. During the 2004 Tsunami, there was an incident where an Indian sub, a Chinese sub and a USN sub were in the same area. It's not known who was stalking who, but the Indian sailors detected an unusual ocean movement and got in touch with their naval base in the Andamans who after a frantic search, confirmed to them that a tsunami was on the way. The USN ship on the other hand, realized it late that there was unusual ocean movement, but fairly quickly determined it to be a tsunami due to their contact with US weather stations in the Pacific Ocean. Both subs got away safely, but the Chinese sub was never heard from again.

There were rumours that there might have been a confrontation between the USN and IN subs and the PLAN sub.
 

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The PLAN's subs stalk those regions. During the 2004 Tsunami, there was an incident where an Indian sub, a Chinese sub and a USN sub were in the same area. It's not known who was stalking who, but the Indian sailors detected an unusual ocean movement and got in touch with their naval base in the Andamans who after a frantic search, confirmed to them that a tsunami was on the way. The USN ship on the other hand, realized it late that there was unusual ocean movement, but fairly quickly determined it to be a tsunami due to their contact with US weather stations in the Pacific Ocean. Both subs got away safely, but the Chinese sub was never heard from again.

There were rumours that there might have been a confrontation between the USN and IN subs and the PLAN sub.
AFAIK, the Chinese sub was tailing the Indian sub, and was in turn being tailed by the US sub. :wink:
 

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Hmmm.....could be. That means China's stalking capability is better than our ASW capability. We need to buy subs from the US. :D
 

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Hmmm.....could be. That means China's stalking capability is better than our ASW capability. We need to buy subs from the US. :D
If I recall correctly, the IN sub knew that they were being tailed, but the Chinese sub didn't know that it was being tailed by the US sub. :wink:
(Read this on some other forum from USN guy). USN knew what the Chinese sub was doing.
 

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but point in qustion is what wa the PLAN Doing in the subic area we should be careful the Phlipane sea is becoming a Potential Flash point
 

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Looks like the Chinese are increasing their intelligence gathering in the region.
IN better be on alert.On alert in case a Chinese sub crashes into them.:blum3:
I wouldn't be surprised. It's only a matter of time.

The way china is trying to get a foothold in the Indian ocean.

It will happen.
 

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but point in qustion is what wa the PLAN Doing in the subic area we should be careful the Phlipane sea is becoming a Potential Flash point
Everywhere in the ocean is a potential flash point.It all depends if were ready to counter it and how advanced our ASW capability is.There are plenty of holes in our detection system.We need to spend real money to upgrade it.
It doesn't pay to be the good guy by spending less on defense than our potential adversaries
 

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