Malaysia considers boosting navy amid tensions in South China Sea

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says his country needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea. ANDREA VERDELLI/AFP/Getty Images Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China last month as a challenge to what the U.S. Navy…

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 17, 2019, 5:55 PM By Agence France-Presse Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. Last month a US Navy destroyer sailed close to Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, to assert freedom of navigation rights (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims…

US Navy admiral praises Chinese ‘professionalism’ in disputed South China Sea

United States Navy Rear Admiral George Wikoff praised the “professionalism” of the Chinese navy while encountering them in disputed regions of the South China Sea. Wikoff described encounters with the Chinese navy as “cordial” while the Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 70 through the “nine-dash line” region of contested territories. The USS Ronald Reagan, one destroyer and two cruisers passed through the region China has claimed control of in a “freedom of navigation” exercise meant to contest the communist China’s encroachment, according to Bloomberg.…

Japanese navy joins PH-US exercises near WPS for first time

Philippine Navy ships BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) and BRP Tarlac (LD-601) sail in formation with the USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) during the at-sea portion of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2018./US NAVY PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Japan’s navy will participate for the first time in the joint maritime exercises of the Philippines and the United States near the West Philippine Sea. The third iteration of week-long Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama-Sama kicked off in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Monday. Palawan is an island province in the Philippines closest…

Building from Scratch: Rebirth of the Philippine Navy

In many respects, the navy that the Philippines is now building is a new one. By the 1990s, its old navy had fallen into such a state of obsolescence that it had no ships capable of fighting a modern naval battle. Indeed, with the exception of a single World War II-era destroyer escort, the navy had no vessel bigger than a 62-meter offshore patrol boat. But in the coming years, the Philippine navy will for the first time acquire the full spectrum of contemporary anti-air, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and electronic warfare…

Paterson’s Damian Gonzalez Calling Signals in South China Sea for US Navy

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Paterson’s Damian Gonzalez is serving as a Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class  in the US Navy. Stationed on the USS Wayne E Meyer, Gonzalez is seen signaling information to pilots of an MH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopter, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer’s flight deck. The USS Wayne E Meyer is currently conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.…

Why America Should Pay Attention to This Chinese Navy Ritual

Key point: China’s Lunar New Year tradition reveals important information about China’s navy and its growth. Every year, about this time, the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) send their regards to Chinese sailors deployed overseas during the Lunar New Year. Every year these messages are covered by the Chinese press. Few in China pay attention to these reports. Fewer foreign observers even know of them, but they should. This annual ritual tells the story of China’s emergence as a global naval power. A Tradition is Born PLAN…