Grumpy Old Man
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those kind of people that did such a huge mistake and allowed that to happen are not good sailors imho.
I think thats a huge assumption. The issue is the ROE's and SOPs at that event.
The USA and China are not at Cold War levels. The USN is in international waters, short of the PLAN engaging in threatening manouvres, then as long as Int'l marritime law is not breached on issues of rights of way, etc.. then there's not a lot that can be extrapolated.
People forget that 2007 is not 1987. If China is perceived to be the same level of threat, then the behaviour pattern would be different.
If it is the case that the PLAN commander was making a point, then IMO thats just plain dumb, as it does nothing except provide the USN with marketing ammo. From a USN perspective, the PLAN commander has probably done them a favour.