Philippine, American Coast Guards Hold Joint Drills in South China Sea

The U.S. and Philippine coast guards sailed through a waterway claimed by China during a joint drill, officials said Wednesday, in a show of strength that underscored an evolving new role in the Asia Pacific for the American military’s fifth branch. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf and the Batangas, a search-and-rescue ship from the Philippine Coast Guard, were among vessels that took part in the just-concluded maritime exercises near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, officials said. “This type of engagement gives us a great opportunity to share…

China keeps eye on PH-US coast guard drills in South China Sea

Center and right, Philippine Coast Guard vessels BRP Batangas and BRP Kalanggaman sail with the USCGC Bertholf (left) on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, some 50 nautical miles from Subic Bay. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD PHOTO ABOARD BRP BATANGAS, West Philippine Sea — With Chinese government ships watching from a distance, one of the US Coast Guard’s biggest and most advanced vessels conducted drills with Philippine counterparts near the Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). BRP Batangas and BRP Kalanggaman joined the USCGC Bertholf on Tuesday for capacity-building exercises 50…

Chinese base allegation is a war-mongering prophecy

The reheating allegations on possible Chinese naval base in Koh Kong province, Cambodia, is nothing but a warmongering prophecy. It shows no sign of receding and one can foresee such media attack against Cambodia to loom large in the run-up to the upcoming ASEAN-related meetings. Recently, on 9 May 2019, US-based media War on the Rocks published article entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia.” They wrote, “It appears long enough to support military aircraft and matches the length of the runways built on the Spratly Islands…

Chinese coast guard ships seen monitoring Philippine, US ships in South China Sea

Chinese coast guard ships seen monitoring Philippine, US ships in South China Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – May 15, 2019 – 5:06pm MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese coast guard ships were spotted watching Philippine and United States ships conducting joint search and rescue exercise in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. Photos taken by Agence France-Presse on May 14 showed a Chinese coast guard ship monitoring the activity from a distance. According to the report, two Chinese ships were seen in the area. Philippine Coast Guard patrol…

Former Navy Intel Officer: Chinese Navy ‘Very Competent,’ Getting Better

Chinese sailors watch a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warship pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo China’s rise as a naval power goes well beyond its growing number of ships and submarines but the People’s Liberation Army Navy growing capability to operate jointly with the Chinese air force and rocket corps, a maritime intelligence expert said Tuesday. Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., James Fannell, a retired Navy captain, said, “we need to respect that” growth in capability as much as China’s increasing numbers of modern warships, including carriers…

“Dark storm clouds” threaten South China Sea, Ng Eng Hen urges common rules be adopted by countries in the region

Facebook screengrab: Ng Eng Hen Singapore — At the opening of this year’s 12th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia on Tuesday, May 14, Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen warned of “dark storm clouds” over the region that could threaten its well being. He urged for common rules to be adopted for the seas and their use, in order to prevent conflict and ensure continued prosperity. IMDEX, which is attended by high-level officials from over 40 navies from different parts of the globe, is a biennial maritime…