An EP-3 Orion aircraft of the US Navy conducts electronic reconnaissance of a warship (a cruiser) of the People's Republic of China in international waters in the Straits of Taiwan. Two Chinese MiGs buzz the Orion, and one of them collides with it and damages it. The Orion makes an emergency landing at a Chinese military airfield. The SecNav recalls RAdm. Tom Boone to active duty, then Tom and Harm go to China to try to reclaim the crew and the bird. They get the people and head back, and one of their escort pilots acts on an entirely different plan of his own. Meanwhile Gunny requests a transfer to Force Recon, and Mac, Sturgis, and Bud deal with two midshipmen from the US Naval Academy who duel each other while using antique sabers. Written by
Did You Know?
The EP-3 in this episode is a notified version of the P-3 Orion plane. The P-3 was a sub hunter that was retired in December 2012 See more
The MiGs approach from the west, then the Orion turns to port and heads eastwardly; next the MiGs buzz the Orion from dead ahead -- that is, from the east. See more
Admiral Thomas Boone
A lot has changed since September 11th.