Why did Xi Jinping give up going to Boao? The USS Liaoning is under close surveillance by U.S. ships and planes inserted within 10 km of saturation attack

U.S. Navy Surveillance on Liaoning Aircraft Fleet within 10km of Saturation Attack

Recently, a series of scandals have broken out as the Liaoning aircraft carrier fleet headed south to the Western Pacific to show off its force.

On the morning of the 27th, the military fan blog “New‧Elderly Seventh Army Military Miscellany” shared an instant satellite photo on Facebook, saying that on the morning of the 26th, in the eastern waters of Taiwan, 200 kilometers south of Ishigaki Island, the U.S. Burke class destroyer and Ticonderoga class cruiser sailed close to the USS Liaoning. “The U.S. Burke-class destroyer and Ticonderoga-class cruiser maintained a sailing distance of nearly 10 kilometers from the Liaoning, and continued to “escort” the Liaoning’s perimeter.

While the Liaoning was gradually heading to the Miyako waterway on Tuesday morning (27), the U.S. military also deployed RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft to the southwestern waters via eastern Taiwan to the Bus Strait, and continued surveillance with the U.S. ships on the surface. (Internet photo)

Another Facebook post said that on the morning of the 27th, the U.S. military again deployed RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft, which took off from Okinawa and turned to the Bus Strait via eastern Taiwan and entered the southwestern waters, accompanied by KC-135T refueling aircraft, and in the process, they also monitored the Liaoning ship, which was sailing close to the Miyako waterway, together with friendly ships on the sea.

According to the satellite photos, the Liaoning was surrounded by the Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga class cruisers on the morning of the 26th. (Photo taken from the Facebook page of “New‧Elderly Seventh Army Military Miscellany”)

Netizens have left comments saying: “How thoughtful, escorting the Liaoning for so long”, “The Americans are so nice, escorting the Liaoning all the way and rescuing it at any time”, etc.

The day before that, the Twitter account “OSINT-1”, which tracks the movement of public ships, released satellite photos of the Liaoning aircraft carrier formation and the U.S. military on the 26th. The Liaoning is seen off the eastern coast of Taiwan, near the Miyako Strait.

In the vicinity of the Liaoning carrier group are the 054A guided missile frigate Huanggang, the 052D guided missile destroyers Chengdu and Taiyuan, the 055 missile destroyer Nanchang, and the 054 missile destroyer. “Nanchang” and the 901-class integrated supply ship “Hulunhu”, which is responsible for supply.

The U.S. Burke class destroyer was mixed into the Liaoning carrier escort group, “inserted” in front of the Type 901 integrated supply ship and followed closely behind the Liaoning carrier battle group, while the Type 901 integrated supply ship was left at the end of the line and could not keep up with the ships ahead.

Photos taken by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite on April 14 showed that there were at least three U.S. Burke-class destroyers monitoring the Liaoning, one on the left, one on the right and one on the rear. 3 directions.

Photos taken by the European Space Agency’s Earth observation satellite Sentinel 2 show 1 of the Liaoning, 2 of the Huanggang, 3 of the Hulunhu, 4 of the Chengdu and Taiyuan, 5 of the Nanchang, and 6 of the three U.S. Burke-class destroyers. (Taken from OSINT)

A netizen obtained a satellite photo from the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) database, showing the location of the Liaoning and its five escort ships to the southwest of Macclesfield Bank in the Central Sands. At least three of the Burke class destroyers sent by the U.S. military to monitor the Liaoning’s formation were deployed in close proximity to the Liaoning.

The photos widely reprinted on the Internet show that the Liaoning was not only monitored by U.S. forces during the suspected malfunction at sea, but also Japanese frigates followed in parallel. A Japanese media said that according to the photos, it may be a Japanese Murayu-class or Takanami-class frigate.

“The Liaoning is not only being monitored by the U.S. military, but also by Japanese frigates that have been following in parallel while the ship is at sea. (Web Screenshot)

In an interview with the media, former Republic of China Air Force Vice Admiral Zhang Yanting pointed out, “(The U.S. ship’s approach) ranged from four to ten kilometers, and was within visual range. The U.S. (single SHIELD) has a vertical launch system of 144 combined bow and stern, and the Liaoning aircraft carrier is not able to withstand such a saturation attack.” “In general, the U.S. carrier strike group is within 200 nautical miles of a clear sea and airspace, and no other warships or aircraft are allowed to operate in this airspace to ensure the air and water safety of the carrier strike group, and of course, there are nuclear-powered fast attack submarines underwater. ”