USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 16, 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 16, 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 64 20 84 Ships Deployed by Fleet Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total…

Resolving disputed maritime borders vital for regional peace in Eastern Mediterranean

On Nov. 27, 2019, Turkey signed a maritime border agreement with Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) for the delimitation of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), seeking to create a maritime corridor between the two countries, and creating an avenue for Turkey and Libya to conduct joint natural gas exploration and drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to the agreement, both countries have decided on a precise and equitable delimitation of their respective maritime areas in the Mediterranean in which the parties exercise sovereign rights and jurisdiction in…

Defending Australia’s north: proximity does matter

In October 1942, Edward Ward, the minister for labour and national services, accused the Australian government of having planned to abandon the country’s north in the event of a Japanese invasion. While the ‘Brisbane Line’ accusation was never substantiated, its legacy has lived on, especially in the cultural memories of the northern centres that were bombed by Japan. In a recent Strategist article, responding to two of my pieces, Graeme Dunk breathed new life into the Brisbane Line myth. His thesis is that Australia can be best defended from the…

Did Vietnam Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base ? – The Diplomat

Advertisement Recently, one story that attracted good deal of attention among South China Sea watchers is the allegations by the Beijing-based South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) that an armada of Vietnamese fishing trawlers swarmed the waters off China’s Hainan Island. Based on given sets of data about ship flags and locations at certain time stamps, which were said to be collected from AIS (Automatic Identification System) signals, the SCSPI claimed that Vietnamese fishing vessels were doing illegal fishing — or even conducting close-in surveillance of the strategic…

Meet the CH-AS-X-13: China’s New Bomber-Launched Anti-Ship Missile

Key point: This new weapon will allow Beijing to deter (and attack) enemy forces on the land and at sea. Here’s how the H-6 bomber would use that weapon. A Chinese magazine might have revealed a new and potentially powerful anti-ship and land-attack missile, Roland Oliphant reported for The Telegraph. A centerfold graphic in a recent issue of Modern Ships, a government-produced magazine, depicts the Chinese air force’s new H-6N bomber carrying a previously unknown large missile under its belly, according to Oliphant. This first appeared in 2019 and is being…

South China Sea fury: Philippines warning to Beijing exposed – ‘You’ll have to kill me!’ | World | News

During his presidential campaign in 2016, the Philippines leader made a surprising promise to his country as he aimed to challenge China in the South China Sea. He said: “I will ride a jet ski [to the Spratly Islands] while bringing the Philippine flag. I will plant the flag on the runway and tell the Chinese authorities, ‘Kill me.’” He made the statement in the same year that the Philippines launched a legal case against Beijing for its actions in the region. In 2016, the Philippines won a case in…

What we know about Incite, the new evil corporation of Westworld

The 12 months is 2058, and the world inhabitants is run by a man-made intelligence. Welcome to the brand new (West)world order. Westworld season Three episode 1 takes the unique premise of the sequence, the concept acutely aware robotic “hosts” in a theme park are caught on the vile and abusive loops to entertain friends, and applies it to a higher society residing the Silicon Valley dream. Simply as Google needed to make all data free and accessible, and Fb hoped to create a central hub of communication and knowledge,…

Marines building dozens of missiles to sink Chinese ships

The Marine Corps might get its anti-ship missile system a year earlier than planned and in numbers to do some serious re-balancing against the Chinese military in the Pacific. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, shared details about work being done to field the ground-based anti-ship missile system and other ground-focused Marine programs. Marine focus on the Pacific and countering China relies on a lot of things but none quite as tangible as a missile system that…

Westworld Season 3 CONFIRMS The Park’s Location

After two seasons of mystery, the Westworld season 3 premiere finally confirms the location of the park: an island in the South China Sea, near the Philippines. In “Parce Domine,” Bernard is trying to lay low after being liberated from Westworld by Dolores. During the aftermath of season 2, Delos needed a scapegoat for the hosts’ disastrous rampage through the park, and decided to pin all of the blame on Bernard, characterizing him as a rogue programmer who introduced code to make the robots go crazy. When he is identified by two…

Searching for silver lining >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

(March 16, 2020) – After the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race altered its course route to avoid three Chinese cities due to the coronavirus outbreak, it found a safe haven of Subic Bay in the Philippines. However, that venue has now become tenuous. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, significant restrictions have been made in Subic Bay where Race 9 finished on March 14 and 15. The Philippines Government announced an enhanced community quarantine which has been put in place for the island of Luzon, where Subic Bay…