Navy sends coronavirus test kits to warships in the Pacific

The U.S. Navy said Saturday it has sent coronavirus test kits to forward-deployed warships in the Western Pacific. It’s the first time the Navy has announced it has moved COVID-19 test kits to ships at sea. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement the kits have been sent to the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and the amphibious assault ship USS America underway in the South China Sea. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE So far there have been no positive cases on any warships underway in the Pacific, the…

Chinese military expert advocates using lasers to paralyze US warships in South China Sea – Pacific

Chinese military expert advocates using lasers to paralyze US warships in South China Sea The Chinese military should consider using non-lethal lasers on U.S. Navy warships to discourage their transits through the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper in China said Tuesday. Chinese military expert Song Zhongping told Global Times that the use of electromagnetic weapons, such as low-energy laser devices, could “send a strong warning” by temporarily paralyzing weapon and control systems on U.S. ships — all done “without visible conflict.” Song’s recommendation came just days…

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea – Pacific

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell steamed through disputed waters in the South China Sea in the second freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy this year. The destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, a group of contested islands and reefs, on March 10, according to a statement Monday from the 7th Fleet. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the Paracels. Beijing on March 11 objected to the…

Inquiry already poses questions for Pacific step-up

The Pacific step-up is perhaps one of the best-documented policy swings of recent years in Australia’s region, second only to the rise of China. A recent inquiry, commissioned into Australia’s defence relationship with Pacific nations, shows all is not in order. The Pacific step-up is perhaps one of the best-documented policy swings of recent years in Australia’s region, second only to the rise of China. A recent inquiry, commissioned into Australia’s defence relationship with Pacific nations, shows all is not in order. Australia’s emergence from the throes of the Second World War…

Make No Mistake, China Really Does Want to Dominate the Pacific

In this decade, the United States Navy may be displaced as the most formidable maritime presence in the Pacific Ocean. China is determined to challenge America’s ability to project military power forward into the Western Pacific. It seeks to undermine the U.S. capability of standing with its allies and deterring China from using military force to coerce small nations into making concessions on their sovereignty and the enforcement of binding treaty commitments. Denying Beijing’s quest to become the region’s dominant land and sea power will require more than traditional naval…

Defense secretary raises concern over Chinese laser targeting in Pacific

As militaries increasingly adapt lasers to warfare, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper “raised concern” with China’s minister of national defense over the Asian power’s recent targeting of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon with a weapons-grade laser while the maritime patrol aircraft flew in international airspace 380 miles west of Guam, the Pentagon said today. “The incident underscores the need for the two militaries to enhance bilateral crisis communication mechanisms to ensure incidents like this do not escalate or lead to miscalculation,” according to the Pentagon statement. Esper spoke Tuesday with…

US Pacific Fleet commander values alliance with Philippines

US Pacific Fleet commander values alliance with Philippines Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – March 8, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The United States Navy may be disappointed with Manila’s move to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), but it still values its alliance with the Philippines, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said Friday. Admiral John Aquilino, speaking through a teleconference with local and foreign media from Da Nang, Vietnam, said the US Navy will continue to operate together with the Philippine Navy. “It’s a little disappointing…

USS Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Vietnam, becoming second US carrier to visit since the 1970s – Pacific

USS Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Vietnam, becoming second US carrier to visit since the 1970s The USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived Thursday in Vietnam, becoming only the second U.S. aircraft carrier to make a port call there since the fall of Saigon in 1975. The carrier, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, steamed into Danang, where they were met by Vietnamese and U.S. government and military officials, according to a 7th Fleet news release. Waiting to greet the vessels were Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of the…

USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier slated to arrive in Vietnam this week – Pacific

USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier slated to arrive in Vietnam this week The USS Theodore Roosevelt is expected to arrive in Vietnam this week, becoming only the second U.S. aircraft carrier to make a port call there since the fall of Saigon in 1975. “It’s true. We do have TR pulling into Danang this week,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, in response to a reporter’s question Tuesday during 2020 West, a naval conference in San Diego. The BBC’s Vietnamese language online news site…

China increases surveillance in Pacific Ocean as Australia agree major upgrade to US base | World | News

The Australian Border Force (AFB) has confirmed it has been tracking a Chinese vessel for the past two months as it conducted deepwater research from eastern China to Western Australia. The ship identified as Xiang Yang Hong 01 has travelled more than 200 miles from the Java Sea to the Australian territory of Christmas Island. The Java Sea is an extension of the Indian Ocean and is one of the busiest shipping routes in Asia. The Australian territory of Christmas Island is located 1,616 miles north west of Perth and…