The Day – Lamont gets keepsakes from his uncle’s time aboard lost WWII submarine

Groton — For 65 years, Gov. Ned Lamont’s father kept a photograph of his older brother next to his bed. Last week, the governor took home his own keepsake of his uncle, Thomas W. Lamont II, a Navy sailor who served on the World War II-era submarine USS Snook, which went missing 75 years ago with all 84 crew members on board. Officials at the Naval Submarine Base presented the governor with several artifacts from the Snook, whose location in addition to the cause of the sinking is still unknown. Lamont,…

Japan and China vie for influence in Indonesia | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

On January 11, three Indonesian naval cruisers forced more than 50 Chinese ships out of waters in the northern Natuna Sea between the Malaysian peninsula and Borneo. The Chinese fleet, consisting of fishing and coast guard vessels, had been present in the area — where the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and China’s claims within its so-called nine-dash line in the South China Sea overlap — for some two weeks. Chinese claims of sovereignty in the area are not internationally recognized. But the conflict itself is not new: Four years…

The Navy is making big changes to the way it plans for future ships

Editor’s Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community. The Navy and Marine Corps need to be a bit more short-sighted when assessing how many ships they need, the acting Navy secretary said this week. The Navy Department is in the middle of a new force-structure review, which could change the number and types of ships the sea services say they’ll need to fight future conflicts. But instead of trying to project what they will need three…

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship: A Successful Catastrophe?

Is it time to admit the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships are a failure? Yes. And no—maybe. In 2004 President George W. Bush pronounced the overthrow of Saddam Hussein a “catastrophic success,” implying the invasion was an operational triumph in the early going but gave off grave if not debilitating strategic and political fallout later on. It’s the other way around with the littoral combat ship (LCS), a program that has fulfilled little if any of its early promise yet could provide value in the future if put to creative…

Warning signs of a South China Sea clash

The spectre of China is looming ever larger over Asia. Now international relations experts are sounding alarms at the risks of an armed clash. There are always tensions between states, says the ANU’s Professor John Blaxland, “but there is a gnawing sense that this decade may see us get closer to the brink than in generations”. He, like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has offered a new assessment on our region’s potential for conflict. Repeatedly featuring as a risk of “accidental or inadvertent” conflict is China. Specifically, China’s ambitions…

China: Warning signs of a South China Sea clash

The spectre of China is looming ever larger over Asia. Now international relations experts are sounding alarms at the risks of an armed clash. There are always tensions between states, says the ANU’s Professor John Blaxland, “but there is a gnawing sense that this decade may see us get closer to the brink than in generations”. He, like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has offered a new assessment on our region’s potential for conflict. Repeatedly featuring as a risk of “accidental or inadvertent” conflict is China. Specifically, China’s ambitions…

The Fate of the China-Russia Alliance

Even as Democrats bash the Republicans for being too soft on the Kremlin, the Republicans are inclined to point out that the Obama administration was far too accommodating of China. After all, President Barack Obama prioritized the climate change issue that necessitated a high degree of cooperation with Beijing. Yet in today’s toxic partisan warfare, a winning electoral strategy will be to declare the political opponent as insufficiently xenophobic and thus lacking “true” patriotism. These days, many people in the Washington foreign policy establishment seem to agree that most of…