WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and was undetected until it surfaced within firing range, The Washington Times reported on Monday.Not too long ago, the very idea of a Chinese-made diesel sub sneaking up on a Navy carrier group would have been dismissed out of hand.
The Chinese Song-class diesel-powered attack submarine was seen within five miles of the carrier Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships on October 26, the newspaper said, citing defence officials.
The surfaced submarine was spotted by a routine surveillance flight by one of the U.S. carrier group's planes, the report said.
A Navy spokeswoman in Washington had no comment on the report.
Like I said, the Washington Times is unreliable.