Navy Busy in INDO-PACOM with Multinational Exercises, Freedom of Navigation Operations

The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) steams alongside the French FREMM-class frigate FS Provence during a photo opportunity while conducting a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean on May 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the French Navy. Several multinational exercises focused on interoperability have taken place in the Indo-Pacific region recently, including two involving French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) on its first deployment since 2016. Late last week, Charles de Gaulle – back on international patrol after coming out of…

India, Singapore Begin SIMBEX 2019 Naval Exercises in South China Sea

The latest iteration of the SIMBEX exercise is taking place in the South China Sea. The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy began a major bilateral naval exercise on Sunday in the South China Sea. The exercise, code-named SIMBEX 19, will run through May 22. Last year’s exercises took place in the Indian Ocean, off India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On the Indian side, two vessels that have been on a two-month-long deployment to East Asia are participating. INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers, and INS Shakti,…

US Warship Spotted Near Disputed Islet In South China Sea – US Navy

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 20th May, 2019) The US Preble guided-missile destroyer has been seen near the disputed Scarborough Shoal islet, located not far from the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which are claimed by China and the Philippines, spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet Clay Doss said on Monday. “[Preble] sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” Doss said, as quoted by The Japan…

Beijing denounces US warship sail-by in South China Sea

BEIJING: China on Monday (May 20) denounced a US warship sail-by near disputed islands in the South China Sea as a violation of its sovereignty, amid mounting tensions over trade between the two countries. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) organised air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave, said a PLA spokesman, after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning. Advertisement “The relevant actions from the US side endanger the safety of both Chinese and American ships and personnel, and undermine China’s sovereignty and…

China urges U.S. to stop provocative actions in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it “strongly urges U.S. to stop such provocative actions” after the U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing. Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as US destroyer Preble sail near Spratly Islands | World | News

The move is likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan. A US military spokesman confirmed US destroyer Preble carried out the operation. Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, said: “Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed…

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as India and Singapore Navy conduct naval drill | World | News

The Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise is expected to go on for four days. Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti are taking part in the exercise along with long-range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8IM, the Economic Times reported. Singapore has RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant as well as maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 (F-50) and F-16 fighter aircraft. The Indian Navy said: “The four-day naval exercise will include various maritime combat drills such as advanced aerial tracking, coordinated targeting tactical exercises and weapon firing on aerial and surface targets. India and Singapore…

US Navy ship sails past Chinese-claimed reef in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea on Monday in a challenge to China’s maritime territorial claims that will likely set off renewed Chinese complaints. “The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble conducted a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea, May 20. USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Cmdr. Clayton Doss, a spokesman for…

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday. The tough talk capped…