The Defense Department says Chinese ships came dangerously close to a U.S. surveillance ship in a possible repeat of an incident two months ago.
Defense officials say two Chinese vessels approached the sub-hunting USNS Victorious Friday in the Yellow Sea.
The two defense officials spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the incident has not been officially announced by the Pentagon.
The officials say the Chinese vessels came to within 30 yards of the U.S. ship and the American crew sprayed water from their fire hoses to warn the Chinese off.
When similar incidents were reported in March, the Americans called it harassment. The Chinese said the Americans were operating illegally inside China’s exclusive economic zone.
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This US Navy file photo shows the military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23). Five Chinese vessels maneuvered dangerously close to a US Navy ship in the South China Sea on Sunday, March 8, 2009, approaching within 25 feet of the unarmed surveillance ship, the Pentagon said. USNS Victorious, a sister ship, was apparently harassed last week by China at sea.(AFP/NVNS)