Yes China Does Have Robot Submarines and They’re Ready for Battle

Key point: These submarines are an important part of Beijing’s many armed drones. Here’s what they can do. You May Also Like: 5 Best Submarines of All Time, 5 Best Aircraft Carriers of All Time, 5 Best Battleships of All Time and Worst Submarine of All Time. China as part of its Oct. 1, 2019 national anniversary celebration revealed a new class of large robotic submarine. This first appeared in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. The unmanned underwater vehicle apparently is in the same class as…

Flexible compact flotation unit improves water treatment efficiency

The Stauper CFU removes oil, gas and solids from the produced water, has no moving parts, and requires no external power and minimal maintenance. (Courtesy Stauper Offshore) Roland Ofstad and Rune G. Nilssen, Stauper Offshore AS  Produced water is becoming more of an issue for oil producers, both in terms of increased water cuts in mature fields and the more stringent environmental requirements being implemented. It is estimated that 250 Bbbl of water are “produced” every day worldwide, and this water must be cleaned down to microscopic levels before being…

Chinese Maritime Militia on the Move in Disputed Spratly Islands

Even as the coronavirus crisis sweeps through Asia, China continues to assert its presence in the South China Sea by deploying maritime militia around disputed islands and reefs in the Spratly island chain, according to vessel tracking data and satellite imagery reviewed by Radio Free Asia. A fleet of Chinese ships has been moving this month through the Union Banks, a collection of small land features disputed between China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Among the most significant features in this area are the Chinese-controlled Hughes Reef and Johnson…

3 sailors aboard Theodore Roosevelt test positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Navy said three sailors on board the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Philippine Sea have tested positive for the coronavirus. The report marks the first incident of the COVID-19 virus aboard a U.S. warship that is deployed, according Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly said the affected sailors have been placed in quarantine and will be flown from the ship Tuesday. “We’ve identified all those folks that they’ve had contact with and we’re quarantining them as well,” he told reporters at the Pentagon.  The ship holds a crew of 5,000 sailors as…

After Nearly a Century, the U.S. Marine Corps Is Ditching Its Tanks

Chung Sung-JunGetty Images The U.S. Marine Corps is eliminating all of its tanks and most of its artillery to become a smaller, lighter force. The Marines are shifting towards the ability to seize small islands in the South China Sea during wartime. Marine aviation, law enforcement, and other arms will also face steep cuts or elimination. The U.S. Marine Corps is remaking itself to better fight China in a potential conflict, and it’s making bold choices to make it happen. The Marines will eliminate all of their tank units (a…

3 US Navy sailors aboard Theodore Roosevelt test positive for coronavirus, defense officials say

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Three U.S. Navy sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Philippine Sea have tested positive for Covid-19, marking the first time the virus has spread to a U.S. warship at sea, four U.S. defense officials tell Fox News. The new positive cases have not been previously reported. The three sailors are currently in quarantine aboard the aircraft carrier and will be flown off later today, according to one official. The USS Theodore…

Pakistan: The Emergence Of Gwadar As A Maritime Hub – Analysis

In the contemporary dynamics of the regional and global sphere, sea politics is gaining enormous focus due to securitization and economic expansion tenacity. The strategic position of the deep seaport of Gwadar, situated at the heart of the Persian Gulf, and Strait of Hormuz capturing the trade of approximately, 2/3 world’s oil reserves has the potential for becoming an international trading hub and transforming Pakistan’s economic outlook. Gwadar is a vital port for connecting three strategic regions, i.e. South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East in terms of oil…

US Must Give China More Say on the Global Scale

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on the steps his administration will take to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of offering detailed policies and trying to unite Americans against a collective threat, he used this rare public moment as another opportunity to blame China. Trump’s constant criticism of China derives partly from his narrow political mantra of putting “America First” but mainly from an existential fear of China. China has witnessed unprecedented growth over the last decades and is on its way to becoming the world’s largest economy. Moving…

US Marine Corps plans to cut tanks, shrinks F-35 squadrons

US Marine Corps Bridging Company transport two M1A1 Abrams tanks. Image: US Marine Corps. The US Marine Corps has lifted the lid on a major force redesign that will cut tanks and shrink the size of F-35 squadrons to ‘meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy (NDS)’ and confront China. The planned force redesign will take place over the next decade and will see the size of the Marine Corps shrink by 12,000 personnel and more Marines being assigned to the fleet. Plans for the corps include a 300%…

Beijing and others aim to make the best of coronavirus geopolitics

LONDON – As Serbia’s European Union neighbors closed their borders and halted many medical exports, President Aleksandar Vucic made an appeal. “Serbia now turns its eyes to China,” he said. “All my personal hopes are focused and directed toward China and its president.” As the world heads into uncharted territory amid the coronavirus outbreak, it is undergoing stark and dramatic geopolitical shifts. Assumptions over globalization and free movement have been torn up overnight. In their haste to address the outbreak, the vast majority of nations have been focused heavily within…