US warship loaded with F-35s was spotted near Scarborough Shoal

The US appears to have sailed a warship armed with stealth fighters near a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Filipino fishermen spotted an “aircraft carrier” launching stealth fighters near the contested Scarborough Shoal, a tiny speck of land in the South China Sea, local media outlet ABS-CBN reported Tuesday. The video report shows what looks like a US amphibious assault ship, most likely the USS Wasp. The Wasp “has been training with Philippine Navy ships in Subic Bay and in international waters of the South China Sea ……

The Advent of Unmanned Distributed Maritime Operations

Read Part One on the Battle of Locust Point. Read Part Two on the Nanxun Jiao Crisis. By David Strachan TOP SECRET/NOFORN The following classified interview is being conducted per the joint NHHC/USNI Oral History Project on Autonomous Warfare. Admiral Jeremy B. Lacy, USN (Ret.) December 3, 2033 Annapolis, Maryland Interviewer: Lt. Cmdr. Hailey J. Dowd, USN Good morning. We are joined again today by Admiral Jeremy B. Lacy, widely considered the father of autonomous undersea conflict, or what has come to be known as micronaval warfare. Admiral Lacy spearheaded…

China’s assertive maritime policy is older than Xi

Author: Andrew Chubb, Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program The toughening of China’s policies in the South and East China Seas is widely regarded as a defining characteristic of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy. But while it is true that the PRC has become more assertive in its maritime disputes under Xi, China had already been on such a trajectory since 2006. Many changes in China’s maritime dispute behaviour under Xi may be better understood as continuities. States’ maritime dispute policies comprise three levels of actions: publicly declared policies (declarative), unilateral…

G7 Foreign Ministers Address Maritime Asia, North Korea in Communiqué

The G-7 continues to express concern about the East and South China Seas and the Korean Peninsula. Over the weekend, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7) gathered in Saint Malo, France, for their annual meeting and released a wide-ranging communique addressing, among other issues, maritime security in the Asia-Pacific and North Korea’s disarmament. “We reiterate our commitment to promoting cooperative, international oceans and seas governance and to maintaining a rules-based maritime order based on international law,” the extended joint communiqué released by the ministers noted. “In this context,…

U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea

In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast. Filipino fishermen near the site known as the Scarborough Shoal initially spotted what appeared to be the massive U.S. vessel on Tuesday, according to ABS-CBN News. It said planes were seen landing and taking off from the ship, some 5 km (3 miles) away from the fishermen’s…

Asia Times | Chinese-made carrier to miss PLA sea parade

The People’s Liberation Army is gearing up for yet another big celebratory event later this month, when a rousing naval parade is expected to be held in the East China Sea off the port city of Qingdao to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Navy. The event will be the fourth such military review to be presided over by Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012, and his imperative for military build-up and reforms will be the overwhelming motif of a carefully-orchestrated naval show of force. The PLA…

Deployment of USS Wasp, F-35Bs shows US commitment to Philippines, commander says – News

Deployment of USS Wasp, F-35Bs shows US commitment to Philippines, commander says The first deployment of the USS Wasp and F-35B Lightning II fighters to the Philippines for this month’s Balikatan exercise shows the value that the U.S. places on military ties to the island nation, according to the commander of a Navy amphibious squadron participating in the drills. Capt. Jim McGovern, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 11, which comprises four warships including the Wasp, spoke about the importance of the mission during a call from aboard the flat-deck…

China’s major oil, gas platform to be shipped to South China Sea

“Dongfang 13-2 CEPB,” the second largest offshore oil production and processing platform in China, was completed for shipment at the Gaolan Port in the city of Zhuhai in south China’s Guangdong Province earlier this month and will be shipped to the Yinggehai Basin of the South China Sea Wednesday. The “Dongfang 13-2 CEPB” platform built by Zhuhai COOEC (China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company)-Fluor Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. is a comprehensive oil and gas processing platform. The floating weight of the platform is 17,247 tonnes, equivalent to the weight of 10,000…