Friday, June 19, 2009

USS John S. McCain to intercept NorKor ship

from FoxNews here:
The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official.

The ship left a port in North Korea Wednesday and appears to be heading toward Singapore, according to a senior U.S. military source. The vessel, which the military has been tracking since its departure, could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials.

The USS McCain was involved in an incident with a Chinese sub last Friday - near Subic Bay off the Philippines.

The Chinese sub was shadowing the USS John McCain and hit the underwater sonar array that the USS McCain was towing behind it.

Now FOX News has learned that the same navy destroyer that was being shadowed by the Chinese is positioning itself for a possible interdiction of the North Korean vessel suspected of proliferating weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials in violation of UNSCR 1874.

This is the first suspected "proliferator" that the U.S. and its allies have tracked from North Korea since the United Nations authorized the world's navies to enforce compliance with a variety of U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its recent nuclear test.

The ship is currently along the coast of China and being monitored around-the-clock by air.

I am thankful it's not the USS B.O. going to intercept!

A story from MSNBC about a Chinese sub shadowing the USS McCain here:

China's Foreign Ministry acknowledged for the first time Tuesday a collision last week between a Chinese submarine and a sonar being towed by a U.S. Navy destroyer.

The incident occurred Thursday, spokesman Qin Gang said, while giving no details.

The U.S. Navy has had little comment on the incident, other than to say that the USS John S. McCain's towed sonar had been damaged. There have been no reports of injuries or damage to either vessel.


Eleria said...

My boyfriend is on the McCain...we're all hoping they get back safely and soon...

Fearless Leader Sue said...

God Bless you and your boyfriend. I thank him for his service. My hubby was in the Navy for 24 years I can relate.