China Snatches Navy Drone – U.S. Officials Send Strongly Worded Letter…

(Via The Daily Mail) A Chinese warship has captured an underwater US Navy drone right in front of the eyes of the crew of an American ship in the South China sea, prompting a government official to say, ‘they stole it’.

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The incident has triggered a formal demarche from the United States and a demand for its return, a US defense official told Reuters on Friday.

The capture – the first of its kind in recent memory – took place on December 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle.

When the Bowditch stopped to collect the underwater equipment, a Chinese warship that had been following it dropped a boat into the water the pulled up alongside the US vessel and snatched the drone, according to CNN.  (read more)

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150 Responses to China Snatches Navy Drone – U.S. Officials Send Strongly Worded Letter…

  1. milo minderbinder says:

    I really feel it’s going to be fun to be an American again, in the first time in 25 years!

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  2. SMP Belltown says:

    At what stage would the naval ship (Chinese in this case) know that this drone did not contain enough explosives to sink a boat the size of a cruise ship? Drones like that seem to be natural choices for terrorist application.

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  3. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Remember there is nothing special about these drones. They are called REMUSs. They are used for things like wreckage salvage, Black box salvage, and other science studies. My brother builds and sell them all over the world. This is just to stick a finger in Obama’s eye. We will just take China to international court and demand the return or reimbursement, or we will impound assets or just not make payments on debt.

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    • USMCLt says:

      Then, I suggest that your brother start looking for another line of work. Within 6 months the Chinese will have reverse engineered this drone and have it for sale on the world market for 50% of what your brother charges for his product.

      This is piracy and should be dealt with accordingly.

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      • SSI01 says:

        Concur with that one, LT. I used to be assigned to HQ MSC at the Washington Navy Yard. I can imagine the scene in the command center when this little grab and snatch occurred, in broad daylight and within a few feet of US territory. There’s nothing highly classified about these things; nothing classified at all, in fact. They only transmit data, they do not store it. There could be only two reasons to do this – obtain one for study and reverse-engineering; and stick a thumb in Obama’s eye. They have accomplished both. The ship that took the towed probe (if it’s on a cable, it’s not a drone) is listed in the Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (figure that one out!) list as an “ASR” – a submarine rescue and salvage ship. Not really a combatant, if the list is to be believed. So they sent one auxiliary to shadow another.

        I like the idea of the small explosive charge. My thinking is for it to self-destruct if no attempt were made to deactivate the explosive charge within, say, two hours of the drone ceasing operation – or if any attempt is made to “safe” the charge except by one approved method. That would also ensure its destruction if it became snagged on something on the bottom, and the tow cable parted.

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    • Mr.Right says:

      This will not happen… because if the US had the guts to do it we would have already made Mexico pay hundreds of billion to repay US tax payers subsidizing the life of Mexican citizen in the USA.

      Instead republicans and democrats DEFUND US social program to in turn fund things like relocation of illegals, captured at US southern border, across northern states.
      (To make sure its nearly impossible to deport them)

      BTW, I never heard anyone EVER talk about foreign country being made accountable to repay US tax payers for their citizen living in the US.

      Make china pay for a drone ? not going to happen, and to china, its also meaningless unless the price is set in the tens of billions of USD.

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  4. UKExpat says:

    Just China showing OBOZO’s America that it holds you in contempt.

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  5. Mal says:

    Wait now for the 14 billion cash payment plus 400 million to be handed over to the Chinese like he did with Iran, and still didn’t get the drone or the hostages back. The contempt for obama is on full display throughout the globe.

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  6. raw moon says:

    After 8 long years of embarrassments w/ this administration, I need a stiff shot of ‘winning’ to stave off the mediocrity this country has been put thru … just sayin’

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  7. kate says:

    Wow, Obama was sure mad, I bet he will spit at them next, that will show them.

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