Operation Tripolitan

Fiction Week By Jared Samuelson Celebes Sea, approximately 850 nautical miles from Fiery Cross Reef – 0030 Local “Romeo’s closed up,” came the call from the port bridge wing. Raising the red and yellow romeo flag to the top of the stays was the signal USS Omaha, an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, was beginning its approach to the Japanese oiler Mashu. Lieutenant Junior Grade Hassan Caterall’s hands betrayed a slight tremor as he flicked his eyes in the direction of his Executive Officer, the ship’s second-in-command. The XO, Commander Morgan…

South China Sea crisis: How US and China fighter jets could clash above contested waters | World | News

In February 2018, it emerged that China President Xi Jinping was preparing to significantly boost Beijing’s military prowess in the region, sending J-20 and Russian Su-35 fighter jets to the South China Sea. The thinking behind the move involved strengthening the Chinese People’s Liberation Army ability to watch its rivals from above the contested region. The Su-35 would have represented a concern for US military. It is powered by two turbofan engines, giving it a range of about 3,500km on internal fuel, making it one of the most advanced multi-role…

Vietnam to get another US ship for patrolling in South China Sea

editorial@tribune.com Hanoi, November 20 The United States today announced it would provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi’s ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper disclosed the decision during an address in Vietnam, which has emerged as the most vocal opponent in Asia of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. In his speech, Esper took aim at China, which he accused of “bullying” neighbours. “China’s unilateral efforts to assert…

China deploys aerostat airship to Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Satellite imagery shows what appears to be an aerostat deployed above the Chinese outpost on Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. The aerostat could be part of a broader surveillance network to keep an eye on the area as China seeks to enforce territorial claims its neighbors, and the US, reject. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Satellite images indicate that China has deployed an operational airship known as an aerostat in the disputed Mischief Reef, strengthening its reconnaissance ability in the South China Sea. An airship-shaped object…

Vietnamese LNG works on politics and price

Hanoi needs energy security. But US LNG can also tick some boxes for its relationship with Washington You have 1 free article remaining Subscribe now for unlimited access or become a Bronze Member for free  For queries see our FAQ or contact us Subscribe Bronze Sign-up Member Login Vietnam will select future LNG suppliers for a projected spike in gas import demand based on geopolitics as well as economics, according to asset management firm Energy Capital Vietnam (ECV), which is dealing closely with the Hanoi government. The country’s demand is expected to…

Resolute and determined: Vietnam’s new defence white paper

Vietnam has just released its new defence white paper, 10 years after the last one was issued in 2009. The 2019 document isn’t fundamentally different from the earlier one—there are limits on the extent of declaratory policy from Hanoi—but it does acknowledge that the global situation is evolving rapidly in a multipolar direction and countries need to ‘adjust [their] strategies to prioritise their national interests above all values’. The Asia–Pacific region, including Southeast Asia, ‘continues to be a centre for dynamic development and occupies an increasingly important geo-economic, geo-political, and…

US Clubs ‘Like-Minded Nations’ to ‘Secure’ Asian Countries from Rising China

New Delhi (Sputnik): India and the United States are expected to sign crucial defence pacts and deliberate on security issues in Indo-Pacific Region next week during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between Indian Defence and External Affairs ministers and their US counterparts.   Ahead of the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, a top admiral of the US Navy has tried to assure Asian countries, which have maritime concerns with Beijing, against rising China in the Asia Pacific region. While claiming that the US and its like-minded nations have disagreements over ideologies with…