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  • The Impeccable is a non-combat surveillance ship that uses sonar to gather underwater data.

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  • But the incident with the Impeccable is another reminder that China's ambitions for regional dominance, and for diminishing U.S. influence, remain unchanged despite a new American Administration; and that the Law of the Sea Treaty, far from curbing ambitions or resolving differences, has served only to sharpen both.

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  • Despite its "routine" mission, Upton acknowledged that the Impeccable was a surveillance ship.

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  • The Impeccable is a minesweeper, and reportedly used water canon to force one of the Chinese ships away that was attempting

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  • In an odd twist, the unarmed Impeccable, which is operated for the Navy by civilian mariners, turned fire hoses on one vessel that came within 50 feet of it.

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  • The Impeccable is a surveillance vessel designed to support anti-submarine warfare.


  • According to the Department of Defense, five Chinese boats shadowed and "aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity" to the USS Impeccable, which is an ocean surveillance ship.

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  • Now at one point the crew thought that Chinese may try to board their ship, but the "Impeccable" is unarmed.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2009

  • LAWRENCE (voice-over): Sunday, in the South China Sea, the Pentagon says a Chinese Naval intelligence ship and four other vessels aggressively blocked the American ship "Impeccable," one close to within 25 feet and ordered the Navy ship to leave.

    CNN Transcript Mar 10, 2009

  • When the "Impeccable" asked for a safe path out of the area, two boats cut it off and forced an emergency stop, and the Navy says the Chinese sailors dropped pieces of wood in the Impeccable's path.

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