American and Russian Warships Almost Collided in the East China Sea
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American and Russian Warships Almost Collided in the East China Sea

By IndraStra Global News Team

Last week, a Russian destroyer almost collided with one of the United States Navy's guided missile cruisers in the Philippine Sea (within the proximity of East China Sea) in an incident which both the parties denounced it as “unsafe and unprofessional”. 

The United States Navy’s 7th Fleet has described the steps of the Russian Navy were dangerous, putting the US crew’s safety at risk. On the other hand, according to the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press service — the US Navy's guided-missile cruiser hindered the passage of the Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine destroyer some 50 meters in front of it, forcing the vessel to perform a dangerous maneuver.

According to the statement, the incident occurred in the Philippine Sea. "While operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer (Admiral Vinogradov / UDALOY I DD 572) [Project 1155] made an unsafe maneuver against guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk." Admiral Vinogradov destroyer and the Chancellorsville cruiser have a full displacement of 7,500 tonnes and 9,800 tonnes, respectively.

The US Navy claims that while USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed, the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50-100 feet. "This unsafe action forced USS Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid a collision."

"We consider Russia's actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), "Rules of the Road," and internationally recognized maritime customs," the statement said.

Often these kinds of incidents occur in the Black Sea which Moscow sometimes regards as its own backyard. This East China Sea incident has taken both the navies beyond their comfort zones — as this particular area is often considered as China's own backyard.