A group of four Chinese warships, including the country’s one of the most powerful destroyers, the Type-052D, have entered the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska.
The US Coast Guard recently announced that the Legend-class Bertholf coast guard ship followed a group of four Chinese warships, which were entering the US EEZ around the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska. The incident occurred on August 29 and 30, but was only announced on September 12 by the website of the Defense Imaging Information Coordination Service (DVIDS).
Independent observers have also previously noted that Japanese officials said they had detected four Chinese warships, including a Type 052D-class destroyer, a Type 903 supply ship, and an intelligence reconnaissance ship, and a cruiser sailing east to west through the Soya Strait on August 24, heading for Alaskan waters.
Initial information shows that the captain of the US coast guard Bertholf, Tim Brown, had “direct, safe and professional communication with the Chinese warships, in accordance with international standards”.
Observers said that China’s reckless sending of a powerful fleet of warships into the US EEZ to probe Washington’s response, thereby making plans to deal with the US fleet operating in international waters economy, where Beijing is making illegal claims.
Type 052D is a multi-purpose missile destroyer equipped with a new vertical missile launch system, a single 130 mm canon, a modern integrated command combat system