Monday, October 17, 2005
American Warship Enters Chinese Waters
"US Warship Arrives In China For Visit," SpaceWar, 13 September 2005, http://www.spacewar.com/news/superpowers-05j.html (from Life from the FNDF).
A nice complement to an older story about an American warship docking at Saigon:
A top grade US guided missile destroyer arrived at one of China's main ports Tuesday as part of efforts by the two countries to increase military-to-military exchanges.
The USS Curtis Wilbur, an Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer will spend several days at Qingdao, a key port of China's North Fleet, officials said.
"This is an opportunity for the US personnel to meet their counterparts in the People's Liberation Army navy," US navy officials said.
"The port call will provide the crew of more than 300 sailors aboard USS Curtis Wilbur a chance for sightseeing and cultural exchanges [and comparisons of rations -- tdaxp]."
The USS Curtis Wilbur is deployed to the Western Pacific and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan.
It is part of the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier group.
The destroyer is equipped with the Aegis Combat System which integrates the ship's sensors and weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.
This is one reason why America is a better partner for China than Europe. We can sail to China. Hundreds of years after Columbus, the European navies can't.