Two Chinese fishing boats are known to have harassed an US Naval ship ‘USNS Victorious’. The US Naval vessel was a military sealift command ship, operating in Yellow Sea, near China and North and South Korea.
For several hours, the Chinese fishing boats deliberately threatened multiple proximity maneuvers, as near as 30 yards at times – prompting the US Naval vessel to take defensive measures.
The Chinese vessels at one point blocked USNS Victorious making it to halt abruptly in its path.
The crew of the USNS Victorious turned its fire hoses, sounded its danger alarm, radioed for assistance to a larger Chinese fisheries service vessel nearby. Interestingly the larger Chinese vessel did assisted by shining a light on the small Chinese vessels.
The USNS Victorious is said to be an unarmed ocean spy ship operated by a civilian mariner crew working for the Military Sealift Command. The mission is to conduct authorized undersea listening operations in international waters, according to the U.S. Navy. There is video of this latest incident, but it has not been released by the Pentagon.
The Victorious was involved in another incident with a Chinese ship on March 4 in the Yellow Sea, when a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a spotlight to illuminate the Victorious and crossed the U.S. vessel’s bow “at a range of about 1,400 yards in darkness without notice or warning,” according to a Pentagon statement.
The Chinese have often been complaining about US Navy’s spying activities near its coast and in its waters – an accusation vehemently denied by the Americans.