Japan looks to boost naval capabilities in face of emerging China submarine threat

One of Japan’s largest warships joined America’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in a joint exercise in disputed Asian waters last week. The two vessels were joined by other ships from both countries in an exercise in the South China Sea. The training mission is the latest in a series of joint training exercises that Japan has conducted in the past few months as it looks to expand the capability and capacity of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces. “The Navy and JMSDF regularly fly, sail and…

US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan Japan Izumo exercise South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 11, 2019) — The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 10-12. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical…

Izumo arrives in Vietnam – The Japan News

Jiji Press HANOI (Jiji Press) — Two destroyers of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, including the Izumo helicopter flattop, arrived at Cam Ranh International Port in southern Vietnam on Friday. The MSDF ships’ visit to the key strategic Vietnamese port relatively near the disputed Spratly and the Parcel islands in the South China Sea is aimed at highlighting defense cooperation between Japan and Vietnam and deterring China’s militarization of the sea, observers said. The Izumo anchored in Cam Ranh Bay for the second time, after its first visit there two years…

US Warship Flexes Muscles in South China Sea Drills With Japan Amid Tensions With Beijing

Beijing has repeatedly protested the passage of US warships in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of violating Chinese sovereignty. Tensions between China and the US have recently further escalated in the wake of the protracted trade war and the blacklisting of Huawei. Japan and the United States are conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea involving the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear aircraft carrier, as well as the JS Izumo, a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Japanese newspaper, the manoeuvres began…

Illicit Chinese and South Korean sea surveys a problem: Japan News writer, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Marine scientific research (MSR) conducted by countries such as China and South Korea, involving the entry of vessels into Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, are rife. While such surveys violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan’s response is limited to monitoring and giving warnings about suspicious activity at sea, in addition to raising objections through diplomatic routes. Understanding of the situation has been slow to develop. The surveys are becoming increasingly bold and pose…

PH, US, Japan, India group sail in S.China Sea show of force towards China: experts

Philippines, US, Japan, and India navies conduct maritime cooperative activity in the South China Sea. Photo from the Philippine Navy MANILA — Experts on Friday hailed the recent group sail of the Philippines, the United States, Japan, and India in the South China Sea that was seen as a flexing of muscles against China’s dominance in the contested waterway. Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, said the cooperative sail was a display of a stronger security relationship among…

Could The Navy Dust Off Its World War II Plan to Beat Japan and Use it On China?

Suppose Beijing opted to risk a cross-strait invasion of Taiwan. Take it from an old naval artilleryman: amphibious operations are no simple matter even when the auguries are good. And an attack on Taiwan would be far from auspicious for PLA forces. If you transpose a map of probable landing beaches on Taiwan onto the map of the actual Allied landings in Normandy in 1944, the imagery is striking. The two amphibious zones are comparable in size, while Taiwan’s coastal terrain rivals Normandy’s as an obstacle to troops storming ashore.…