New Philippine navy chief keeps US ties afloat

Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Philippine Navy’s newly appointed chief, is not clearly taking his early command orders from President Rodrigo Duterte. Bacordo, who took up the navy’s top post on February 3, vowed at his appointment ceremony to “continue to maintain the nine occupied features in the [South China Sea]. We will continue to replenish and rotate our personnel in the [area],” he said. “At all times, we will show the flag in the [sea],” he told reporters, in remarks that likely pleased the United States and potentially…

Ahead of Trump’s visit, Navy warship takes fuel supplies from US ship near South China Sea

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2020 19:20 IST New Delhi [India], Feb 17 (ANI): Ahead of US President Donald Trump‘s visit to India, an Indian Navy warship was seen taking fuel supplies from US Navy warship near the South China Sea during a recent overseas deployment where the Indian fleet travelled to ports in countries including Japan, Indonesia and Philippines, according to Indian Navy sources.Trump will pay a two-day state visit to India from February 24 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the Ministry of External Affairs…

Navy Says Upgrading Older Littoral Combat Ships Just Not Worth It « Breaking Defense

USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a Naval Strike Missile. WASHINGTON: As part of its culling of ships in the 2021 budget submission, the Navy wants to scrap four Littoral Combat Ships which it says are already so outdated they can’t be even be used for training anymore, despite two of them being less than a decade old. The requested retirement is another example of the litany of problems the LCS program has suffered during its short life: cost overruns, highly-anticipated ship modules that just don’t work, and propulsion issues that have…

PH Navy welcomes mission team guarding West PH Sea, Kalayaan Island Group » Manila Bulletin News

Published February 14, 2020, 10:57 PM By Martin Sadongdong The Philippine Navy (PN) welcomed on Thursday the Naval Forces West (NFW)’s Troop Rotation and Reprovisioning (RORE) Mission Team with BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) as the platform after more than a week of traversing the vast waters of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to reach the respective Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) detachments. Philippine Navy (MANILA BULLETIN) A simple ceremony was held at the Oyster Bay Detachment in Ulugan Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Commodore Renato David, commander of the Naval Forces…

Why the U.S. Navy Needs At Least 355 Ships

It’s good news, obviously, that Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he is “fully committed” to getting the U.S. Navy up to 355 ships. That number has been in decline for decades. In 1987, the Navy had 594 ships. Today that number is 294. For those who lack context, 294 ships sounds like a lot. And it is. But — and here’s the bad news — it’s insufficient to perform what the National Defense Strategy demands. To understand why the Navy needs at least 355 takes a little explaining. First, though,…

Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China – Pacific

Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy on Saturday sent a warship steaming past two of the seven features China has militarized in the South China Sea to challenge restrictions imposed on innocent passage, according to the 7th Fleet. The USS Montgomery operated near Johnson and Fiery Cross reefs in the Spratly Islands, according to Navy photos from the advanced littoral combat ship. The mission marked the first South China Sea freedom-of-navigation operation reported in 2020. …

Asia Times | New Philippine navy chief keeps US ties afloat

Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Philippine Navy’s newly appointed chief, is not clearly taking his early command orders from President Rodrigo Duterte. Bacordo, who took up the navy’s top post on February 3, vowed at his appointment ceremony to “continue to maintain the nine occupied features in the [South China Sea]. We will continue to replenish and rotate our personnel in the [area],” he said. “At all times, we will show the flag in the [sea],” he told reporters, in remarks that likely pleased the United States and potentially…

In challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea, the US Navy is getting more assertive

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy conducted more freedom of navigation operations in 2019 than in any year since the U.S. began more aggressively challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea in 2015. The Navy conducted seven FONOPs in the South China Sea last year, according to records provided by U.S. Pacific Fleet. The FONOPs are designed to challenge China’s claim to maritime rights and dominion over several island chains in the region, which have put the U.S. and its allies at loggerheads with China. Patrols by U.S. warships come…

Time for corvettes for the Royal Australian Navy

It’s time for the Royal Australian Navy to break out of a 20th-century force design mindset and embrace the robotic revolution at sea. As part of the debate surrounding the Pacific 2019 and Sea Power conferences, I argued that even with the recapitalisation now underway, the navy would remain seriously undergunned to deal with possible scenarios emerging in our region. The RAN’s future surface warfare plans are based on its three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers and nine Hunter-class frigates now being built. The first new frigate won’t appear until the…

US Navy Deploys MQ-4C Triton Drones to Guam – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | East Asia The high altitude, long endurance drone will add to U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities in the Indo-Pacific. Advertisement For the first time, the U.S. Navy has deployed two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS) to Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. The MQ-4C is currently in limited service with the U.S. Navy and the deployment to Guam marks the first time the system has been available for missions in the western Pacific. “The inaugural deployment of Triton UAS…