Singapore navy launches first of its four new submarines, Singapore News & Top Stories

Singapore’s acquisition of new submarines which offer more firepower and combat options is a timely move as maritime security challenges evolve and countries beef up their submarine fleets, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. Speaking yesterday at the launch of the first Type 218SG submarine named Invincible, Dr Ng said Singapore faces threats in the maritime domain, including terrorism, the shipping of illegal arms, weapons of mass destruction and people, as well as piracy. He noted that in Asia, defence spending has risen significantly, hitting US$447 billion (S$606 billion) in…

Australian Navy Captain from Melbourne

Pallbearers from HMAS Melbourne (III) carry the late Captain John Stevenson, AM, RAN (Retd) into the Naval Chapel at HMAS Kuttabul for his funeral. By MarEx 2019-02-16 17:18:46 The Royal Australian Navy has honored the life the man in change of HMAS Melbourne (II) when the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Frank E Evans turned under the Australian aircraft carrier’s bow and was cut in half. Captain John Philip Stevenson died on January 30, aged 98, after a career marked with distinguished service in war and peace, as well as tragedy…

US Navy leaders say they want to go on the offensive against China with new weapons, Business Insider

caption The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln launches a Rolling Airframe Missile during combat system ship qualification trials. source US Navy To better confront near-peer threats, the US Navy needs to go on the offensive, service leaders have stressed, according to Breaking Defense. China is rapidly expanding its fleet and deploying standoff weapons to defend its interests and challenge US operations in the Pacific. US Navy leaders want to hit first and fast, adopting an aggressive offensive posture to put challengers on defense. The US Navy wants to go…

US Navy leaders want to go on the offense against China

The US Navy wants to go on the offensive against near-peer threats, focusing on the ability to strike first and fast with new weapons. Facing a rising China that is expanding what is already one of the largest naval fleets in the world and fielding powerful standoff weaponry, the US Navy must change its strategic thinking, service leaders said Wednesday, Breaking Defense reported. Read More: The Chinese military challenged a US destroyer to a South China Sea showdown The Navy has come face-to-face with some of these threats. China’s Harbin…

Why the US Navy sails past disputed artificial islands claimed by China

(WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. Navy destroyers sailed within 12 miles of Chinese-claimed artificial islands in the South China Sea on Monday, and, as expected, the operation drew swift condemnation from China. A defense official said Monday’s transit did not involve any unprofessional or unsafe actions on the part of Chinese military ships in the area. But that was not the case last October, when the destroyer USS Decatur had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with a Chinese warship that came within 45 yards of its bow. Why does…

World War 3 news: South China Sea tensions ERUPT as US Navy sends two warships there | World | News

The two guided-missile destroyers sailed near the Chinese manmade islands of Mischief Reef. Tensions in the region have soared recently as the US has continued to show its military presence while Beijing has tried to increase its territory in the area. The two warships completed their passage in a move that China has constantly objected to. Commander Clay Doss said: “US Forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. “All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the…

US Navy warships just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by operation, and Beijing is furious

Ryan Pickrell, provided by Published 7:41 am CST, Monday, February 11, 2019 U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Caleb Swigart Two US Navy destroyers conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on Monday, challenging China’s claims to the Spratly Islands. Beijing accused the US of entering Chinese waters without permission and engaging in provocations that threaten China’s sovereignty. It was the second such US operation in the South China Sea this year. Freedom-of-navigation operations occur frequently, but they have not stopped China from bolstering its position militarily in the South…

China still harassing Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal – US Navy official

BOUNTY OF THE SEA A fisherman in Infanta town, Pangasinan, unloads tuna caught from a fishing trip to Scarborough Shoal. Local fishermen, however, will not venture deep into the West Philippine Sea as schools of tuna start returning to Lingayen Gulf.—WILLIE LOMIBAO MANILA, Philippines – China continues to intimidate Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a US Navy official said. “Chinese Coast Guard vessels now fall under the command of the Central Military Commission and regularly harass and intimidate fishing vessels…

US Navy warships sail in South China Sea near contested manmade island

The Navy sent USS Preble, left, and USS Spruance, right, near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Leonard / U.S. Navy photo) Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers on Monday sailed near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. Last year, China added surface-to-air missiles to the contested island, one…