Malaysia needs ‘naval boost to deal with possible S. China Sea conflict’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said yesterday, even as South-east Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a US Navy destroyer last month sailed near islands claimed by China as a challenge to what the US Navy described as excessive Chinese territorial claims in the region. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia could issue protest notes if a major power were to…

South China Sea: US flexes its muscles in South China sea in joint naval exercises | World | News

The exercises were meant to send a clear message to China, which has increasingly been involved in multiple territorial disputes with its smaller neighbours in the region. The joint exercises involved ships from the US 7th fleet and included maritime strike operations, air defence and anti-submarine warfare operations. Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander of the Task Force 70 told reporters that “our operations in the Indo-Pacific are focused on maintaining regional stability and security”. He added: “Our presence reflects our commitment to the values we share with the many partners…

Littoral Combat Ship: America’s Secret Naval Weapon Against China Or Waste Of Money?

Key point: In a wargaming simulation against China, the Littoral Combat Ship performed worse than expected. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the lightly-armed LCS likely couldn’t survive in a major shooting war. Just how vulnerable is the LCS? In 2013 journalist Kyle Mizokami put the speedy, 3,000-ton-displacement vessel to…

Chinese Naval Training Ship Spreads Goodwill While Flexing Maritime Muscle | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A Chinese military vessel is touring the contested South China Sea and beyond to meet foreign peers and train its own sailors, spreading goodwill while tightening its claim to a disputed sea and disrupting Australia’s traditional sphere of influence. Beijing has upset a swathe of Asia since 2010 by landfilling small islets in the contested South China Sea for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all overlap China’s claim to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer waterway. China calls about 90% of the sea its own. The…

Chinese naval base in Cambodia

The undisclosed military pact between China and Cambodia forms another significant example of China pursuing dual-use infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific – while simultaneously denying the existence of such projects. Moreover, Hun Sen’s denial of the deal demonstrates that the Cambodian government, once viewed by Western countries as a potential ally in the region, is growing ever closer to China. Lastly, Chinese access to Ream base marks another step towards a looming rivalry with India in the Pacific region. Cambodia and China have reportedly signed a secret deal allowing…

Carthage man recalls naval accident that caused deaths of 74 sailors | Local News

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A Carthage resident is among those U.S. Navy veterans seeking to add 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Rick Warden was in the South China Sea on June 3, 1969, when those 74 sailors died on the Sumner-class destroyer USS Frank E. Evans. Warden was serving on the USS James E. Kyes in the same destroyer squadron when the Evans was involved in a nighttime crash with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne during an exercise with ships from several other navies. Even…

Vietnam angry at China naval expansion

news, world Vietnam has accused China of expanding naval operations within the Vietnamese exclusive economic zone despite Hanoi’s repeated demands that Beijing withdraw its vessels from that disputed area in the South China Sea. Since early July, the Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 has been carrying out surveys in Vietnam’s EEZ while accompanied by escort vessels. Hanoi has responded by formally warning Beijing and deploying Coast Guard ships. Le Thi Hang, a spokesperson for Vietnam’s foreign affairs ministry, said that Chinese vessels were continuing to expand their operations in…

Navy sinks former USS Gerald Ford with Naval Strike Missile in Pacific

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords fired the Naval Strike Missile during an exercise near Guam on Tuesday — the first time the missile had been fired in the Indo-Pacific region. The drill, part of the Pacific Griffin exercise, sank the decommissioned frigate USS Ford. The NSM is precision-guided, with a large warhead built to destroy targets, according to Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “You can hit most areas in the South China Sea if you’re in the middle” of that…

USS Gabrielle Giffords fires ‘sea-skimming’ Naval Strike Missile in Indo-Pacific for first time – Pacific

USS Gabrielle Giffords fires ‘sea-skimming’ Naval Strike Missile in Indo-Pacific for first time Sailors launched a Naval Strike Missile from the deck of the littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords on Tuesday, the first time such a weapon has been fired in the Indo-Pacific region, according to a Navy statement. The precision strike weapon “can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles away,” the statement said. It zips over the ocean “at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for…

US, India, Japan Hold Massive Naval Drills Amid Rising China-Vietnam Dispute in South China Sea

Experts in both the US and India firmly believe that a full-fledged alliance between New Delhi and Washington is unlikely, the two countries can still reach a general an agreement to counter the rise of China since it is in their collective interest.  Despite Military Drills Near Chinese Border, Delhi Cannot Afford To Upset China: State Media In an article titled “The India Dividend: New Delhi Remains Washington’s Best Hope in Asia,” which was published in the September/October edition of Foreign Affairs magazine, authors Robert D. Blackwill, a Henry A.…