Saturday, February 20, 2016

First, There Was Ramming Speed (Part 3)

Background: The Advent of Naval Warfare...

FEB 2007 -  First, There Was Ramming Speed
Before crossbows and black powder had been invented by China, early navies relied on ramming to sink enemy vessels.  And so, by 1210 BC, the first recorded naval battle was fought between Suppiluliuma II, king of the Hittites, and Cyprus.

Now: Back to the Future

3 June 2014 - TV Shows China Ship Ramming Another Vietnamese Vessel Near Oil Rig
7 Aug 2015 - Chinese Navy Warship Rammed Two Vietnamese Fishing Vessels

20 FEB 2016 - Chinese media calls for government to 'fire shots and ram U.S. warships to teach them a lesson' over disputed South China Sea islands 

Chinese state media have urged their national military to fire warning shots and deliberately ram U.S. warships that sail too close to their footholds in the disputed South China Sea.

U.S. ship Curtis Wilbur
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USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54)] came within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the Paracels last month, catapulting tensions in the oil-rich region to an all-time high.
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Submarines are always silent and strange. 

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