Naval disaster to be recounted – Entertainment – Panama City News Herald

Retired Navy commander to discuss his new book, the true story of the grounding of the USS Frank Knox. PANAMA CITY — Lionel Price spent years reliving a singular disaster, the grounding of the USS Frank Knox, which he had control of when it ran aground on July 18, 1965. He used to give lectures about the Knox incident to Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps units, and by the end of each talk he would be shaken. “In the fall of 1967, I gave a presentation about the grounding to…

Trade, Security Issues to Dominate Vietnam’s ASEAN Tenure | Voice of America

Vietnam chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this year, with trade and security expected to top the agenda. Analysts say that as Vietnam builds on its success at hosting international gatherings, like the U.S.-North Korea summit in 2019, its success may be tempered by challenges like the coronavirus outbreak and the need for consensus in ASEAN. Of several announced priorities for Hanoi’s ASEAN chairmanship, the two areas where observers expect the bloc to make the most progress are on economic and defense cooperation. Other objectives include increasing…

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 9, 2020

USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 9, 2020, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle Force: Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway 56 15 71 Ships Deployed by Fleet Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total…

PH inviting China to seize West Philippine Sea with VFA’s end

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) — The end of the Visiting Forces Agreement can mark the start of China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea, a former Supreme Court justice knowledgeable of the maritime dispute warned on Friday. Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in a media forum explained that the VFA, a two-decade-old treaty with the US, is the only legal basis for the presence of American soldiers in the country. Without the VFA, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement – which allows the US military to preposition…

Japanese firm bags P5.5-B PH Air Force air defense radar project

MANILA, Philippines — A Japanese firm has bagged a deal to supply an air defense radar system that would boost the Philippines’ surveillance of its territorial airspace. Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp. was awarded the contract for the Philippine Air Force’s air surveillance radar systems project last week, three senior government officials privy to the deal told INQUIRER.net. The officials said this marked the first time that Japan has secured a contract to export military hardware, a few years after it lifted decades of self-imposed ban on arms exports in 2014.…

N.Korea fires three projectiles into sea; U.S., China urge return to talks

SEOUL — North Korea launched multiple short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday as part of firing drills, according to South Korea’s military, drawing U.S. and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its nuclear and missile programs. Launched a week after North Korea resumed missile tests following a three-month break, the projectiles, including from a multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), flew up to 200 km (124 miles) and reached 50 km in altitude, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. Hopes were raised for dialog when…

To understand Trump, Putin and Erdogan, read this Greek classic

US president Donald Trump with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki summit, July 2018 | Commons Text Size: A- A+ In 416 BCE a mighty army from Athens, the superpower of the day, showed up on the small and neutral island of Melos in the Aegean Sea. The Athenians told the Melians to submit and pay tribute or be obliterated. Stunned, the Melians appealed to morality, justice, law, even the gods. There’s been a misunderstanding, the Athenians replied: You simply have a choice between doing as…

Guam Laser Incident ‘Unprofessional,’ Violates 2014 Code – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia The Pentagon argued that the incident violated the 2014 Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. Advertisement Last week, U.S. Secetary of Defense Mark T. Esper spoke with Chinese Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe to discuss a February 17 incident in waters off the U.S. territory of Guam. According to a U.S. Department of Defense statement, Esper “raised concern over an incident on February 17 in which a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was lased by PRC navy destroyer 161 while flying in airspace above…

A Biden presidency could not turn back the clock on Trump

Just after the 2016 election of US President Donald Trump, a Harvard professor remarked to me: “I think the US can survive four years of Trump. Eight years and we’ll really be in trouble.” Now with the emergence of Joe Biden as the probable Democratic candidate to run against Mr Trump in November — and the political and economic confusion caused by coronavirus — the Democrats are daring to hope that Mr Trump will indeed be gone by January. If that were to happen, many would echo Gerald Ford, who…