Sunday, November 11, 2007

Old Chinese Sub Story Takes on New Life

I'm seeing this report from about a year ago crop up all over the internet, concerning a Chinese sub that stalked the carrier Kitty Hawk in the Pacific. But the story is from 2006, as we reported here:

A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned. The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing's communist-ruled military. The submarine encounter with the USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships also is an embarrassment to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon...

The Hot Air Blog also mentions Admiral Fallon as Pacific Fleet commander, except he was appointed as Commander to Central Command early this year! UPI is also reporting the story as "new", as is the Daily Mail, which is where I first read it yesterday. (Is this UK paper the source of the gaffe?)

Update-Information Dissemination has extensive commentary and wonders "the Daily Mail article is a hit job on the current US strategy with China?"

Update 2-I can't believe Defense Tech fell for this!