One of the World’s Top Naval Experts Told Us All About a U.S.-Iran War

Key point: Iran knows how to make America hurt. That chronic pain gnawing at officialdom’s guts is bipartisan. Presidential administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, keep trying to draw down the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf region in particular, to attend to more pressing priorities. Back in 2012 the Obama administration vowed to “pivot” or “rebalance,” from the Middle East to the Pacific theater to counterbalance China. President Donald Trump and his lieutenants proclaim that an age of great-power competition is upon us. Like their Democratic forerunners, they…

China: China launches two powerful naval destroyers in ‘year of harvest’ for military

BEIJING: China has launched two powerful naval destroyers, is building a massive pier at the Djibouti naval base in the Indian Ocean to dock its aircraft carriers, as the state media described 2019 the “year of harvest” for the Chinese military, which has acquired a whole range of modern weapons. China has been adding new naval ships on a monthly basis. China on Friday launched its sixth Type 055 and the 23rd Type 052D guided missile destroyers, state-run Global Times reported on Monday. The ships would be ready for operations…

China launches two powerful naval destroyers in ”year of harvest” for military

By K J M Varma Beijing, Dec 30 (PTI) China has launched two powerful naval destroyers, is building a massive pier at the Djibouti naval base in the Indian Ocean to dock its aircraft carriers, as the state media described 2019 the “year of harvest” for the Chinese military, which has acquired a whole range of modern weapons. China has been adding new naval ships on a monthly basis. China on Friday launched its sixth Type 055 and the 23rd Type 052D guided missile destroyers, state-run Global Times reported on…

A Sign of PLA Naval Muscle? – The Diplomat

Advertisement On December 17, China commissioned into service its first home-built aircraft carrier, Shandong, at the Sanya naval base in Hainan, with President Xi Jinping presiding over the commissioning ceremony. The commissioning of the aircraft carrier is significant. This is China’s second aircraft carrier, and an important addition to China’s power projection capabilities. It is also noteworthy because it displays China’s capability to develop aircraft carriers indigenously. Military analysts argue that the layout of the warships “limits her military potential” as also its power projection capabilities since it is simply…

China releases first pictures of Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya

The official website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense has published first pictures of the Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya, China. China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned to the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019. Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya. (Picture source China MoD) China is now one of the few countries in the world that have multiple carriers. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the…

South China Sea standoff: US vs China naval power compared | World | News

The South China Sea is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but is deemed illegal by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). This has angered smaller nations in the region such as Vietnam and the Philippines, both of whom are…

What If Trump Ordered a Naval Blockade of North Korea?

Donald J. Trump adores splashy gestures. On the other hand, the president displays little enthusiasm for launching new military adventures. Suppose his administration decided to go big in response to a North Korean ballistic-missile test—the “Christmas gift” Kim Jong-Un’s minions have promised Pyongyang might bestow—rather than content itself with humdrum peacetime deterrence. And suppose Washington blanched at ground combat. How to satisfy both the impulses goading it into action and those urging restraint? Well, it could impose a naval blockade to halt shipping bound to or from North Korean seaports—squeezing…

Singapore’s forward defence strategy goes naval

Author: Abdul Rahman Yaacob, ANU In the late 1960s and 1970s, Singapore’s defence strategy relied on establishing a forward defence perimeter in the southern part of the Malaysian Peninsula. At the time, Singapore’s threat perceptions were shaped by its poor relations with Malaysia and the communist insurgency in Peninsular Malaysia that threatened to topple the Malaysian government. But Singapore’s security situation has evolved since the 1970s. The current US–China rivalry over trade and security has implications for Southeast Asia in general and Singapore in particular. The increasing tension between the…

South China Sea: China unleashes new colossal warship amid US naval row | World | News

China President Xi Jinping formally commissioned the colossal warship on Tuesday, yet another statement on Beijing’s unrelenting quest for military dominance in the South China Sea. The Shandong is the country’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, and will be based in Hainan, an island located south of mainland China and close to the contested Paracel Islands. The ship weighs 50,000 tonnes and will focus its mission on the South China Sea, much to the annoyance of smaller nations in the area who also have sovereignty claims over various island clusters.…