China will return the US Navy drone it seized earlier this week

On Thursday, a Chinese navel vessel seized an underwater drone from a US Navy oceanographic research ship, which prompted a quick call from the Department of Defense to return the vehicle. After “direct engagement” between the two countries, China will return the vehicle to the United States, according to Reuters.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook issued a statement earlier today, saying that the two countries had spoken and that “we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States.”

The Unmanned Underwater Drone had been collecting data on the salinity, temperature, and clarity of the water approximately 50 nautical miles from Subic Bay, in the Philippines, and was seized as the crew of the Bowditch…

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