A Chinese surveillance vessel has been spotted monitoring the Rim of the Pacific maritime (RIMPAC) exercises, USNI News reported on July 13 citing a US Navy official.
According to US Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Charlie Brown, a Type 815 (Dongdiao-class) auxiliary general intelligence ship of the People’s Liberation Army Navy has been deployed in the exclusive economic zone off the coast of Hawaii since July 11.
“We expect the ship will remain outside the territorial seas of the U.S. and not operate in a manner that disrupts ongoing RIMPAC exercise,” Brown said. “We’ve taken all precautions necessary to protect our critical information. The ship’s presence has not affected the conduct of the exercise.”
“We expect the ship will remain outside the territorial seas of the U.S. and not operate in a manner that disrupts ongoing RIMPAC exercise.”
According to USNI News, in 2014 and 2016, China used ships of the same type to monitor the RIMPAC of that years.