Our Navy has its ears up after spotting a strange ship.
Fox News is reporting a Chinese spy ship has been lingering just outside U.S. waters off the coast of Hawaii.
After having been invited to participate in 2014 and 2016, the Chinese were not asked to participate in the RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) maritime exercises this year.
The exercise started on June 27 and will continue through August 2.
In all, there are 26 nations participating in the massive exercise.
Reports stated the Chinese ship is approximately 12 nautical miles away from the activity.
Some are speculating the Chinese are miffed at not being included in the military exercise.
Chilean Commodore Pablo Nieman stated, “For me as CFMCC, it is very disappointing that the presence of a non-participating ship could disrupt the exercise.”
“I hope and expect all seafarers to act professionally so we may continue to focus on the work at hand and building on the spirit of cooperation that gives purpose to this exercise,” he added.
A Pacific Fleet spokesman stated the United States in constantly monitoring the ship’s presence.
They also stated they do not expect the ship to cross into our waters.
This is far from the first time the Chinese have sent a ship to monitor our activities.
In July 2017, the Chinese sent a ship off the coast of Alaska that caused quite a stir.
At the time, the United States was conducting missile tests and it was assumed the Chinese were there to monitor those tests.
Just as they are now, the Chinese were in international waters, just outside of United States territory.