Chinese sub slams US destroyer’s sonar near Scarborough shoal
WASHINGTON (Agence France Presse)– A Chinese submarine collided with an underwater sonar array towed by the destroyer USS John S. McCain off the coast of the Philippines, CNN television said, quoting a US official who said it was an “inadvertent encounter.”
The array, used to locate underwater sounds, was damaged in the incident, but the military official said the sub and ship did not collide.
The US Navy did not consider the event a case of deliberate harassment, CNN reported.
In March this year two tense standoffs between US and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea triggered accusations by the United States that China was behaving in an “aggressive” manner.
China later said a US naval vessel involved in the incident with Chinese fishing boats in the Yellow Sea had violated maritime law, and urged the United States to take steps to avoid a repetition.