HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy • The Register

Now, about the history with the South China Sea… HMS Charlie Boy rocks up in Pompey. Crown copyright HMS Prince of Wales, second of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, has been commissioned today at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. Digitaries gathered in Portsmouth for the warship’s formal commissioning ceremony, the vessel having been formally handed to the Royal Navy by her builders yesterday. The Prince of Wales himself, Prince Charles, attended along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Captain Darren Houston, HMS Prince of Wales’s first commanding officer, read the commissioning warrant to…

China’s Ban on U.S. Navy Port Visits to Hong Kong Doesn’t Actually Matter

No sailor forgets walking through the steamy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, or crossing Victoria Harbor at night as The Peak looms over the sparkling Hong Kong skyline. It seems, however, that for American sailors, that experience is a thing of the past. The U.S. military can no longer visit Hong Kong, following a recent announcement from China’s Foreign Ministry indefinitely suspending U.S. ship and aircraft visits to the city. While the announcement was delivered to sound as if this is a new and punitive development in response to the…

South China Sea: We often go to South China Sea as international ‘law of the sea’ is at risk there:French Navy Chief

NEW DELHI: The French Navy goes to South China Sea multiple times in a year as international ‘law of the sea‘ is at risk there and it wants to support freedom of navigation, its chief said on Monday. China claims the South China Sea as its sovereign territory, but these claims overlap with those of other Asian governments. Meanwhile, China on Monday urged the US military to “stop flexing muscles” in the disputed South China Sea, a point of persistent friction between both the sides. French Navy Chief Admiral Christophe…

Taiwan the right choice for helping the US Navy

After the US government passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act late last month, the Chinese government announced early this month that it would retaliate by suspending visits to Hong Kong by US military ships and imposing sanctions on five US non-governmental organizations for instigating the “anti-extradition” protests in the territory. The US Navy has a long history of making port calls in Hong Kong. Although it has military bases in the region, including the Port of Manila and Da Nang Port in Vietnam, the US still favors…

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – November 30, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Key Philippine and Vietnamese navy officials met in Hanoi last Tuesday to discuss and address peacefully the two countries’ overlapping maritime claims in the hotly disputed Spratlys archipelago in the South China Sea (SCS). The meeting, dubbed as Staff-to-Staff Talks (STST) and the sixth of its kind held at the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN) headquarters in Hai Phong city, highlighted the strengthening of ties between the navies amid…

US Navy confirms real intent of PH arbitration vs China – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO THE US Navy last week, in its actions and official statements, in effect revealed what was really one of the real aims of the Philippines’ arbitration suit that President Aquino 3rd and his foreign secretary Albert del Rosario brought against China in 2013. It wasn’t to win back for the Philippines islands or reefs it claims to own in the Spratly islands, which it alleges China grabbed from it. The arbitration was intended — other than to demonize China as an evil aggressor in the South China…

China Sends Military Toward U.S. Navy Challenge At Sea As Ties Put to Test

The Chinese armed forces dispatched warships and warplanes to intercept two U.S. Navy vessels that entered the disputed waters of the South China Sea in the latest confrontation between the two powers over trade ties and Beijing’s jurisdiction over other contested territories, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In a statement Friday issued by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Southern Theater Command spokesperson Sen. Col. Li Huamin reacted to the recent presence of Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer near the Spratly…

China condemns US navy sail-by in disputed waters

The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have competing claims. The US Navy said the USS Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat ship sailed near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Wednesday, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed the Paracel Islands on Thursday. “USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the…

China condemns U.S. navy sail-by in disputed South China Sea

DISPUTED WATERS. This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP BEIJING, China – China on Friday, November 22, accused the US of “provocative” conduct after two US warships sailed near islands claimed by Beijing this week, adding to tensions between the global powers. The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines,…