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UPDATED Oct. 20/2017


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Revised Oct. 20



INCIDENT OFF THE SPRATLEYS


A 3 Part "exposé-scenario" by William Thomas



The clash was inevitable. Steam halfway around the world to tread on someone’s toes and they’re liable to lose patience. Or miscalculate your response to their response.

 

 

USS ZUMWALT

August 21, 2018

1730 hours local 

Near the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea. 

 

More akin to a helicopter-carrying missile cruiser, the super-sized stealth destroyer is 100-feet longer than a standard navy DD. 

 

On a dying planet where everyone who’s not American is seen as a potential enemy, the brand new Zumwalt-class ship is intended to dominate inshore “littorals” crowded with fishing boats, commercial shipping, pleasure craft, transiting warships, skyhopping humpbacks, and civilian and military aircraft. So while Zumwalt ‘s radar-evading design presents a major collision risk to minimally-crewed merchant ships depending on their radars, her 15,000-ton, high-sided bulk is hard to miss with the Standard Mark I eyeball. 

 

To cut skyrocketing costs, rather than building them into 

the superstructure to preserve stealth, Zumwalt’s externally-mounted radars and other sensors virtually wave to search and targeting radars showing an oddly configured 50-foot “fishing boat”. 

 

But building DDG-1000 around a stealthy tumblehome hull design has compromised hull stability. 

 

Even worse, considers Captain Chester C. Bradley, at over $7 billion per copy, each Zumwalt class destroyer costs $1 billion more than a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. A price tag that’s forced the navy had to slash the original order for 32 radical ships to a fleet of… three vessels.

 

Which could, the captain ruefully reflects, turn out to be a blessing.

 

“Bridge, CIC,” rasps the bridge 1MC (ship’s primary intercom). 



“Bridge aye.” The Officer of the Deck is on the ball.

 

“Advise we are standing inside the Spratley’s declared 12-mile limit. Recommend immediate course change to 070 True.”

 

Another finger jabs the 1MC transmit switch. “CIC, this is the captain. I’ve informed the navigator we are holding course to exercise our right of free passage.”

 

“Someone’s coming to meet us, captain. Radar signature is a Chinese Type 052D. She’s just coming around the island now. Range 4,000 yards and closing fast. Speed 35 knots.”



Full Speed Ahead to Part 1. (continued)




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