On 27 October 1994, the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, conducting routine operations in the international waters of the Yellow Sea, encountered a Chinese Han-class nuclear submarine. The carrier launched an S-3 antisubmarine aircraft, which deployed sonobuoys to track the Chinese Han—only to discover that it was being watched, in turn, by two F-16 fighters.
Zalamea, Ulysses O.
"Eagles and Dragons at Sea: The Inevitable Strategic Collision between the United States and China,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 49
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol49/iss4/6