India, Vietnam Conclude Second Iteration of Bilateral Naval Exercise off Cam Ranh Bay

The exercise underscores growing maritime ties between the two countries. Military-to-military cooperation between India and Vietnam continued last week with the conclusion of the second iteration of a bilateral naval exercise between the two countries. The Indian Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy participated in bilateral drills off Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam between April 13 and April 16. Two Indian Navy vessels, INS Kolkata, the lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers, and INS Shakti, a Deepak-class fleet tanker, participated in the exercise. Following their participation in the…

China to Display New and Upgraded Naval Vessels Amid S China Sea Tensions

Over the past couple of years, Beijing has announced the launch of several new military vessels, as well as upgrades of ones already in service amid ongoing tensions with the US over the status of the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is planning to showcase its top tier vessels along with the newest additions to the fleet during a military parade set to take place between 22 and 25 April, Chinese Vice-Admiral Qiu Yanpeng said on Saturday. “At this naval parade the PLA Navy ships and aircraft to be revealed are the…

Chinese surveillance near PNG expanding as Australia and US begin Manus Island naval upgrades – China power

Updated April 21, 2019 11:48:14 External Link: Chinese scientific ships have been sent to waters near Papua New Guinea High-tech Chinese ships are mapping waters close to Papua New Guinea just as the United States and Australia begin upgrading a naval base on Manus Island. Key points: Chinese ships deployed to waters near Manus Island as Australia and US announce naval base upgrades The vessels are among a fleet increasing its surveys around the Philippines, Palau, Guam and Japan Experts believe the information could be crucial in any future maritime…

Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion Part 2: Missile and Naval Domains

This is part 2 of a three-part series considering the way in which a Taiwan invasion may be conducted. Part 1 set the political basis and military parameters and timeline for such a contingency, stating a late 2019 onset of conflict. The air domain of the conflict was also discussed, arguing that Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) fighter forces and Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCArF) air defenses and early warning systems would likely suffer significant early losses and disadvantages in terms of situational awareness, fighter sortie rates, and…

Naval Commander Seeks More Funding to Combat Chinese Threats in Pacific

A key Naval commander recently told lawmakers that U.S. Indo-Pacific Command needs more funding to help combat the growing threat posed by China. According to The Wall Street Journal, Adm. Phil Davidson wrote a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month to plead his case. The 2020 budget, Davidson wrote, falls short on enough funding to support “immediate and necessary resources” for the Indo-Pacific Command, which covers more than 100 million square miles. Davidson said more funding would support Army units in Asia, air defense units, upgrading Navy…

Vietnamese frigates sail to China for naval review

By Vu Anh  &nbspApril 15, 2019 | 03:00 pm GMT+7 Colonel Nguyen Dinh Hung (R), Commander of the Naval Region 4, leads a delegation of Vietnam’s Navy to join a naval parade in China on April 14, 2019. Photo by Bao Hai Quan (Navy’s newspaper) Two Vietnamese frigates are on their way to China to attend an international naval parade on April 23. The 011 Dinh Tien Hoang and 015 Tran Hung Dao vessels left Cam Ranh Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa Sunday for a voyage of…

Naval Officers Won’t Face Criminal Charges In Deadly USS Fitzgerald Crash : NPR

The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan on June 17, 2017. The $1.8 billion destroyer, manned by a 300-member crew, had been steaming on a secret mission to the South China Sea when it was struck by a cargo ship more than three times its size. Seven sailors died. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption toggle caption Eugene Hoshiko/AP The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan on June 17, 2017. The $1.8 billion destroyer, manned by a 300-member…

US will not send ships to China’s upcoming naval celebration – News

US will not send ships to China’s upcoming naval celebration YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy will not be sending ships to China’s multinational naval celebration this month marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese navy, according to Defense Department officials. Instead, the U.S. Embassy Beijing defense attaché will represent the United States at the event in Qingdao, China, April 22-25, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told Stars and Stripes in an email Thursday. “The United States Navy will continue to engage the PLAN (People’s…

Asia Times | Eye on America, China-Russia flex naval muscles

Shared interests and a common enemy can turn old adversaries into allies – and that is what’s happening in the waters of the western Pacific. Russia and China’s navies have since 2012 conducted a series of bilateral naval drills known as “Joint Sea” in the Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk, Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea, ostensibly to improve interoperability in organization. The two navies have also carried out drills in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine defense and, as stated by the Russian military, “the freeing of pirated ships.” The…

International naval review in Malaysia – News – NHK WORLD

A flotilla of naval ships from around the world has assembled in waters off Malaysia’s northern island of Langkawi for an international fleet review. The event is being held on the sidelines of a biennial maritime and aerospace exhibition. A total of 40 vessels from Japan, the US, China, and 10 other countries are taking part. Among them is the flagship of the US Navy’s 7th fleet, USS Blue Ridge, and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Asagiri. Japan is hoping to strengthen its ties with Malaysia. The Southeast Asian nation…