Queens Sailor Serves in the South China Sea

By qgazette | on March 27, 2020 Chief Gunner’s Mate Timothy Won, from Queens, performs maintenance on an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun on the aft missile deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prior to a live-fire gunnery exercise. McCampbell is underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda) Source…

Beyond Port Visits, US-Vietnam Relations Can Go Further – The Diplomat

Advertisement From enemies during the Vietnam War to a comprehensive partnership forged on mutual cooperation U.S.-Vietnam relations have come a long way. Political and economic components have played key roles in the ongoing normalization of affairs, but so too has the military. As Vietnam seeks to hedge against China’s growing influence in the region, now is the time for the United States and Vietnam to push their relationship to a new frontier. From March 5 to 9 the USS Theodore Roosevelt made a port call in Vietnam’s coastal city of…

Stealthy as ever | Inquirer Opinion

As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological and seismic changes in…

China Boasts of ‘World Record’ Gas Extraction in South China Sea

China extracted 861,400 cubic meters of natural gas from methane hydrate, known as “flammable ice,” during a one-month trial production in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reported on Thursday. The gas was allegedly extracted from a depth of about 1,225 meters in an area in the north of the highly contested body of water. The South China Sea is believed to contain some of the world’s most promising deposits of methane hydrate, and China has identified the “combustible ice” as a potential new gas source. China’s announcement comes in…

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew — more than 5,000 — is tested. Navy leaders say the carrier could return to duty at any time…

Coronavirus live updates: House approves $2 trillion stimulus relief bill

President Trump on Friday lambasted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Twitter, saying the congressman should be thrown out of the Republican Party for threatening to temporarily delay the passage of the stimulus package. House leaders had hoped to hold a simple voice vote, to protect members from potentially contracting the coronavirus by traveling and gathering in the Capitol. But they recalled hundreds of members after libertarian Massie (R-Ky.) threatened to insist that a quorum — 216 members at the moment — be present, and force a roll call vote. …&…

Wake-up call to reflect, be united | New Straits Times

LETTERS The Movement Control Order (MCO) has forced us to retreat into our own homes where we are to remain until April 14. This is new territory for most of us, a disruption to work and the outings we have become used to. It’s a restriction to our freedom and the social preferences we pursue. The main objective of the current MCO is to prevent mass gatherings, to discourage movement and to enforce safe social distancing, which are aimed at flattening the infection curve and breaking the chain of further…

UK’s Johnson tests positive for virus, deaths soar in Spain

By The Associated PressThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— British PM Boris Johnson tests positive.— Kremlin: Official in presidential administration tests positive.— Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will go into quarantine. LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus.Johnson’s office says he was tested after showing mild symptoms. Downing St. says Johnson…

The Latest: ACLU questions Rhode Island stopping NY cars

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — British PM Boris Johnson tests positive. — Kremlin: Official in presidential administration tests positive. — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will go into quarantine. ___ PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is questioning the constitutionality of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s directive allowing state police to…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…