On 7 June the Russian Pacific Fleet stated that a US Navy cruiser, the USS Chancellorsville, had suddenly changed course and crossed the path of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov “just 50 meters away from the ship” in a dangerous near-collision manoeuvre in the East China Sea.
“Not war times!” was the response of a Russian admiral to the sangfroid attitude of Russian naval servicemen who were able to stay calm in the face of a potentially disastrous run-in with a US naval cruiser.
Former chief of staff of the Russian Navy (1991-1996), Admiral Valentin Selivanov spoke to the Russian media, giving his assessment of the actions of the crew members of the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov during the dangerous near-collision incident with the USS Chancellorsville cruiser in the East China Sea.
“There is a time for war, and a time for sunbathing,” responded the Admiral.
“The East China Sea. Our vessel is on the move in the open sea. …The seamen and officers have had lunch. They are on their after-lunch break, glad to be serving in the south.”
After all, claims the Admiral, they are not at war.
“Sure, if one was sunbathing, then dozens were.”
“And yes, you have to be undressed to sunbathe.”
According to Selivanov, a part of the crew is justified in taking a break and resting while the vessel is en route. After all, these are not times of war, summed up Admiral Valentin Selivanov.
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