2009--Five Chinese vessels harassed and obstructed
the USNS Impeccable in the South China Sea, 70 mile from
the coast of the Chineses island of Hainan. The Chinese
ships surrounded the Impeccable and two of the ships
closed to within 50 feet of the American ship. The
Chinese ships included a Chinese navy intelligence
collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries patrol
vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol
vessel and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers.
the Impeccable used fire hoses to spray one of the
harassiing Chinese ships as a protective measure. The
Chinese crewmembers stripped to their underwear and
continued manning their posts, closing to within 25 feet
of the Americans.
also dropped pieces of wood into the water directly in
the Impeccables path, and two of the ships halted
directly in the U.S. vessels path, forcing it to
used poles, attempting to snag the Impeccables
towed acoustic array sonars. Impeccable used
bridge-to-bridge radio contact to inform the Chinese
ships that it was leaving the area and requested a safe
path to navigate.
the U.S. Navy of conducting illegal surveying off
southern Hainan island.
2009--A Chinese naval vessel challenged the
USNS Impeccable via bridge-to-bridge radio, accusing
the Impeccable of conducting illegal operations and told
the American ship to leave the area or suffer the
2009--Chinese maritime aircraft buzzed
the USNS Impeccable 12 times. This came after an incident
earlier in the day.
2009 --A Chinese frigate crossed the bow of the USNS
Impeccable at a range of about 100 yards
2009--A Chinese patrol vessel shined a high-intensity
spotlight on the USNS Victorious, while it was operating
in the Yellow Sea some 125 miles from the Chinese
2009--A Chinese submarine hit an underwater sonar
array being towed by the destroyer USS John McCain on
June 11, 2009. The sonar array received damage, but the
Chinese submarine and the American destroyer did not
collide. This incident occurred near Subic Bay,