A Chinese Navy ship fired a laser at a U.S. surveillance aircraft traveling in excess of the Philippine Sea west of Guam, the Navy claimed Thursday. Officers acknowledged the incident much more than a week after it occurred.
The Navy explained the People’s Republic of China naval destroyer lased the American P-8A Poseidon plane in an act the U.S. deemed unsafe and a violation of worldwide codes and agreements. The assertion from U.S. Pacific Fleet explained the laser was detected by sensors on the aircraft, but was not noticeable to the naked eye.
“Weapons-grade lasers could most likely trigger major damage to aircrew and mariners, as well as ship and aircraft units,” the Navy stated. The incident took spot about 380 miles west of Guam.
The Poseidon crew is deployed to Kadena Air Drive Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts regime operations, maritime patrol, and reconnaissance in the Pacific Fleet area.