Chinese Fighters Circle Dutch Warship, Approach NH90 Creating ‘Potentially Unsafe Situation’ In East China Sea | Aviation

HNLMS Tromp. In the boxes, two of the aircraft involved in an “unsafe” situation that took place on Jun. 7, 2024 in the East China Sea. (Image credit: Royal Netherlands Navy)

Chinese aircraft have had several close encounters with Western aircraft and ships over the East and South China Seas in recent years.

A Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Tromp, was approached and “circled” by two Chinese fighters and a helicopter creating an “unsafe” situation in the ECS (East China Sea). on Jun. 7, 2024 The ship’s maritime patrol helicopter (an NH90) too was approached by the Chinese aircraft. The encounters took place over “international airspace,” according to a statement by the Dutch MoD (Ministry of Defence).

In the ECS, “two Chinese fighter jets circled the naval ship HNLMS Tromp several times.” “Additionally, the ship’s NH90 maritime combat helicopter was approached by two Chinese fighter jets and a Chinese helicopter during a patrol. This created a potentially unsafe situation…in international airspace.”

The Tromp was “conducting patrols” in the ECS “in support of a multinational UN coalition that oversees the enforcement of maritime sanctions against North Korea as defined in UN Security Council resolutions.” The warship will continue its “planned journey” as part of ‘Pacific Archer 24’ and was “on its way to Japan,”…


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