Send the marines – The US Marine Corps sheds its tanks and returns to its naval roots | United States

Apr 2nd 2020 THE OFFICIAL hymn of the United States Marine Corps, a jaunty tune written by Jacques Offenbach in 1867, proudly declares that “From the Halls of Montezuma/ To the shores of Tripoli/ We fight our country’s battles/ In the air, on land, and sea”. But despite their naval origins and ethos, America’s marines have spent most of the past two decades waging war in the deserts, mountains and cities of Iraq and Afghanistan. On March 26th General David Berger, the corps’s commandant, proposed a radical transformation of the…

China blasts ‘irresponsible’ US comments on island project

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 18, 2013) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) prepare for an underway replenishment as the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducts an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 2). Preble and Curtis Wilbur are on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly BEIJING (AFP)…

SEATO of Power | National Review

With imperialist China on the march, the free world needs a united front. The geopolitically inclined will remember NATO’s impotent cousin SEATO, the South East Asia Treaty Organization. It was assembled in 1954 to deal with the threat of Communist insurgency in the countries around Communist China; it never really got off the ground, because so many of the members hated each other. It was dissolved in 1977. This week, satellite photos showed that Communist China has built a new helicopter base on an island near an island chain claimed…

Chinese Influence In South China Sea: Emerging Security Challenges For Regional Players

Oceans plays decisive role in any country security, economic & political outlook. Very emerging Power in the world tried their best to build formidable Naval Power to materialised it’s vast strategic interest in the world. Alfred Mayer Maham a US navel strategist once quoted “those who dominate the world oceans will dominate the world” .European Colonial Powers pursued the same strategy,Britain Italy, France, Germany, Portugal Spain etc dominated the world through its cumlsy Naval postures . The Royal navy was incredibly strong before WW2 Britain had more aircraft carrier’s then…

China’s face-mask diplomacy could reshape power in south-east Asia

The shipment was 40 tonnes of medical equipment, including swab kits, N95 ventilator face masks, personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses and coronavirus test kits. These deliveries of vital equipment, donated or purchased, are happening across south-east Asia, Europe, North Africa and the United States (more than 80 countries in all) as China – hit first by the coronavirus, but no longer hardest hit – steps into the breach as a good global citizen. Chinese COVID-19 aid is moved from arriving planes to a hangar in Jakarta. It’s an…

USS Gabrielle Giffords patrols in the South China Sea – Defence Blog

The U.S. Navy has announced that Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS10) is patrolling the South China Sea while deployed to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). “Part of Destroyer Squadron 7, Giffords is on a rotational deployment in U.S. 7th Fleet helping enhance interoperability with partners & serve as a ready-response force,” the Navy message states. USS Gabrielle Giffords is a modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for Surface Warfare (SUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Mine Countermeasures (MCM) missions in the littoral region.…

France’s Innovative Maritime Security Engagement in the Indo-Pacific – The Diplomat

Advertisement In July, France will take over the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium for 2020-22. The first summit meeting, to be held in La Réunion, was postponed from late June to November. France’s chairmanship is an important symbol of the growing regional integration of French territories in the Indian and Pacific oceans, encouraged by Paris, and of the growing importance of maritime security issues in French strategy in the Indo-Pacific. The main reasons of the latter are threefold. First, with nearly 2 million nationals living in the region…

Vietnam lodges protest with China after sinking

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) on Thursday when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on a government Web site yesterday. All of the fishermen were picked up by the…

Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense leaders are backing the Navy’s decision to fire the ship captain who sought help for his cornonavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, even as videos showed sailors cheering him as he walked off the vessel. Videos went viral on social media Friday, showing hundreds of sailors gathered on the ship chanting and applauding Navy Capt. Brett Crozier as he walked down the ramp, turned, saluted, waved and got into a waiting car. Real leaders stand up for the lives of the men and women who serve under them.…