US media: US cruiser broke into Liaoning Ship Forbidden Area and Chinese carrier captain scolded US military Colonel

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US media: US cruiser broke into Liaoning Ship Forbidden Area and Chinese carrier captain scolded US military Colonel

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Michael Faber's book cover

What form of potential conflict will happen in China in the future: cold war, hot war, or cold war? Now there is a new term: "warm war", which refers to Michael Faber's book "Stop: America-China Conflict in the Pacific Ocean". In naval terms, "sudden stop" is called Crashback, and Faber uses it as the title of the book. < p > < p > Michael Faber is a journalist for Jane's Defense Weekly, which reports exclusively on the U.S. Navy. To get information, he was a sailor on a South American merchant ship, aboard an F-15 fighter plane, and went into the sea on a nuclear submarine. Faber, taking the Sino-US confrontation in the South China Sea as an example, disclosed many details of the American cruiser "Cowpens" approaching the Liaoning carrier formation which was undergoing formation training without authorization in December 2013, which was intercepted horizontally by the Chinese 072 Tank Landing Ship and the American ship retreated. The conversation between the US captain and the then captain of the USS Liaoning was also announced, and the plot is interesting, reflecting to some extent the actual situation of China and the United States in the South China Sea.

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< p > Faber called it warm war because there were no guns and guns fired and missiles flying randomly in the South China Sea. On the contrary, China and the United States both cooperated and competed. However, on top of the turbulent waves in the South China Sea, China's J-10 fighter jets were close to the U.S. P-8A reconnaissance aircraft. The Chinese captain ordered the warships to insert forcefully into the front of the U.S. warships and nearly collided. A little unexpected warfare would escalate into an unexpected conflict.

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. warship Cowpens was cruising in the South China Sea. The sea was calm, but the U.S. military was nervous. On the same day, the Liaoning carrier of the Chinese Navy conducted its first joint formation exercise in the South China Sea. The U.S. Pacific Fleet Command ordered the Cowpens to approach and reconnoiter the movements of Chinese carriers without causing conflict.

"Coppens" is a U.S. Navy Tikandroga class cruiser, known for its strong air defense capability. It is not difficult to complete this reconnaissance mission. However, the Chinese navy has set up a 45-kilometre no-navigation zone in the exercise area, and is not allowed to enter without permission. No matter how advanced the Cowpens is, it can't get valuable information from a long distance. It has to be close to see the famous place. Faber disclosed that although the Cowpens had a tonnage of more than 10,000, it was an old ship nearly 30 years old. The main equipment on board needed overhaul. The Aegis system was old, and the recruits had too much experience and training.

Chinese scholars put forward the concept of "warming war" as early as 2013 and defined it as Semi-cold war. Faber applied the concept of "warming war" to the South China Sea. He cited the cases in which the U.S. Army "No Time" reconnaissance vessel was surrounded by a large number of Chinese fishing vessels in 2009 and the incident in which the Chinese landing ship stopped to retreat the U.S. cruiser in 2015, which illustrated that the Chinese Navy regarded the South China Sea as a region of prominence. We will not tolerate the US military's rampage here.

In order to let American readers know more about the current situation of the Chinese army, Faber also interviewed the Chinese Navy's "Haikou" destroyer who participated in the "Pacific Rim-2016" exercise in Hawaii. Faber was impressed by the strong self-confidence and pride of the younger generation represented by Chinese naval officers in front of the US military. Most of these younger generations are only children and have never experienced the difficult period of the Chinese Navy from weak to strong. A few years later, when the best of them become naval generals, what kind of attitude will the Chinese Navy take toward the U.S. Navy? In the face of the Chinese navy, the US military is divided into "hug panda faction" and "slaughter dragon faction", which vividly demonstrated their respective positions in the "Cowpens" incident.

U.S. cruiser stopped by Chinese landing ship

Dec. 5, 2013. Colonel Gombert, captain of the cruiser Corpens, ignored the China no-voyage area and approached Liaoning ship. The U.S. military helicopter has taken off and taken reconnaissance photographs of Chinese aircraft carriers. In order to avoid being found by Chinese ship-borne radar, the U.S. ship shut down all communication equipment, so that Chinese ships found that the U.S. ship was close when they observed U.S. military helicopters.

Anger can be heard in the radio warning sounds sent by Chinese warships to the Cowpens, and Gombert responded with the usual phrase of the U.S. Army that "we are in international waters". Subsequently, Captain Gambert found that two Chinese aircraft carrier fleets approached the Cowpens at high speed, ahead of which was a landing ship half the size of a U.S. cruiser. Because of the slow speed of the US cruiser, the Chinese landing ship sailed from the flank of the US military ship and suddenly turned around less than 100 metres from the bow of the USS Coppens.

then US Defense Secretary Hagel confirmed that the two ships were only 100 yards apart (91 meters), and if the Cowpens was slow to respond, the warships would collide. Gambert felt that time was almost at a standstill - he had to make a decision in an instant, and he had little choice: he was ordered to approach the reconnaissance, but did not receive an order to clash with the PLA. 冈贝尔特紧急下令军舰骤停,巡洋舰巨大的传动齿轮从前进变成后退,它的舰艏低垂,舰尾高翘,好像一架巨型飞机降落在非常短的跑道上。 Because the ship's older hull is old, such a sudden stop is very dangerous.

Gombert was still in shock, and the voice of Captain Zhang E of "Liaoning Ship" came from the radio communication channel. Captain Zhang, who had a fascinating smile when visiting the US carrier Carl Vinson a few months ago, criticized Gambert for not following the rules. Gombert apologized after being ordered by his superiors to be "cordial and respectful." I am very sorry for what's happened. Subsequently, US cruisers recalled helicopters and left the China Carrier Exercise Control Zone. Gambert finally asked Zhang E where Liaoning Ship was going next, and the response was, "You can't control it!" The news that a powerful American cruiser was driven out of the South China Sea by a Chinese landing ship spread to Washington, D.C., and there were obvious differences within the U.S. military. Harris, then commander of the US Pacific Fleet, was an outspoken "dragon slayer". Harris has said that when the United States and China should cooperate, they should confront each other, and even asked the U.S. military to "prepare for war tonight."

U.S. Navy Chief Operating Officer Grannett has had many contacts with the Chinese Navy. After the Cowpens incident, he made a video call with the Chinese Navy Commander. Many in the U.S. Navy expected him to thump the table and protest loudly, but he didn't. He politely mentioned that the Chinese amphibious ship "parked" in front of the U.S. ship. Chinese officials said with a straight face, "That amphibious ship is not a naval ship, but an army ship, not under our naval control." After listening to the explanation, Grannett did not mention the Cowpens incident any more. He was most interested in persuading the Chinese side to sign a maritime conduct agreement with the US military in order to avoid such incidents. Finally, China and the United States signed the Code of Conduct for Accidental Meeting at Sea. < p > < p > Michael Faber described in detail the course of the Cowpens incident, using the "sudden stop" as a label to point out that the U.S. military dared not abandon its edge in the face of China's growing maritime strength. In his view, the United States is not without strong guns, but a lack of determination and will to win.


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