Pacific Naval Leaders Agree to Adopt Sea Guidelines
Pacific Naval Leaders Agree
to Adopt Sea Guidelines
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C.
Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– April 23, 2014 – Nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations agreed to sea
guidelines adopted by naval leaders at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium
yesterday in China, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said
“The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea -- we call them
CUES -- offers guidelines for maritime encounters at sea,” he said. “It offers
safety procedures, basic [communications] plans and basic maneuvering
instructions for naval ships and naval aircraft during unplanned encounters at
Warren said DOD supports a shared understanding of procedures during encounters,
which he said can reduce the potential of an unintended incident at sea.
“We fully support efforts to standardize maritime conduct and
improve operational safety at sea,” he said. “These guidelines provide steps to
potentially avoid encounters such at the [USS] Cowpens incident last year. These
initiatives have been in development since 1999, and they were developed
In December, the USS Cowpens, a guided-missile ship, took
evasive action to avoid colliding with Chinese navy ship Liaoning in the South
“This is a great step towards improving operational safety at
sea,” Warren said. “It’s a positive development that should help reduce the risk
of misunderstandings between navy vessels and aircraft operating in a region.”
The guidelines demonstrate the effectiveness of dialogue,
transparency and multilateral approaches to dealing with 21st-century
challenges, he added.
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