Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea

Given the fact that both sides are tracking movements of every ship in that area,  it is hard to believe this is an unplanned encounter by either side. "Funny how I keep bumping into you"

Fort Worth Completes South China Sea Patrol


While operating in international waters and airspace near the Spratley’s, Fort Worth conducted flight operations with its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system and MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. Fort Worth encountered multiple People’s Liberation Army–Navy [PLA(N)] warships, each time taking the opportunity to use the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

“Just like our first meeting in February with a PLA(N) warship, guided-missile frigate Hengshui (FFG 572), our interactions with Chinese ships continue to be professional and CUES helps clarify intentions and prevent miscommunication,” said Cmdr. Matt Kawas, Fort Worth Crew 103 commanding officer. 

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