OPINION | The cause for China’s coercion in the skies may lay under the water

A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter launches a sonobuoy during an anti-submarine warfare training in 2020 off the coast of Jervis Bay, New South Wales

During the Cold War, it was not unheard of for Soviet ships to attempt to disrupt US naval operations by “shouldering” vessels, meaning coming abreast and colliding in a semi-controlled manner. A famous example is the Black Sea incident of 1988, when Soviet frigates “bumped” both USS Yorktown and...


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