The Marines want a missile to chase down moving ships in the South China Sea and other contested waterways

As it shifts its focus toward a potential fight with another great power, the Marine Corps wants to be able to strike an adversary hard at sea. The Corps is looking for missiles that it can fire against enemy ships while they’re on the move. “That is what matters in a contested environment in the South China Sea,” Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told lawmakers Thursday. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Marine Corps says it needs ground-launched missiles that can…

South China Sea: Brink of war over waters as China continues to flex military muscle | World | News

Warships, coastguard vessels, militia boats and oil rigs in the contested waters have doubled as Malaysia, Vietnam and China fight for their claim to the sea. Chinese military aircraft have conducted anti-submarine drills in the contested waters in recent weeks. This was in response to the USS Mc Campbell sail through the contested region. China conducted joint exercises in mid–March despite knowing the risk of aggravating other claimant countries. China has also activated its fishermen militia which have outnumbered all countries fishing boats in the SCS, in a bid to…

The Strategic Value And Vulnerability Of China’s South China Sea Bases – Analysis

Recent US freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea have re-raised the questions of purpose and vulnerability of China’s bases there.     One argument has it that the bases are not significant either strategically or tactically; and in any case can be easily neutralized in a conflict.  But others argue that the bases are a critical part of China’s strategy to dominate the South China Sea and Southeast Asia. They also argue that these bases serve as command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and…

South China Sea latest: China claims to have set new world records | World | News

As per South China Morning Post (SCMP), the total figure and the 287,000 extracted on one single day would both constitute world records. The gas was extracted from a northerly section of the waterway at a depth of about 1,225m from February 17 to March 18. Beijing’s Ministry of Natural Resources described the trial as a “solid technical foundation for commercial exploitation”. They added China was the first country in the world to extract gas using a horizontal well-drilling technique. Gas hydrates are also known as flammable ice. When extracted, it is…

China extracts 861,400 cubic metres of natural gas from ‘flammable ice’ in South China Sea

China said on Thursday it extracted 861,400 cubic metres of natural gas from gas hydrates found in the South China Sea during a month-long trial that ended last week. The production process, which ran from February 17 to March 18, also set two world records: one for the largest total volume extracted and another for the most produced – 287,000 cubic metres – on a single day, the Ministry of Natural Resources said on its website. The gas was extracted from an area in the north of the disputed waterway,…

Queens Sailor Serves in the South China Sea

By qgazette | on March 27, 2020 Chief Gunner’s Mate Timothy Won, from Queens, performs maintenance on an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun on the aft missile deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prior to a live-fire gunnery exercise. McCampbell is underway 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda) Source…

China Boasts of ‘World Record’ Gas Extraction in South China Sea

China extracted 861,400 cubic meters of natural gas from methane hydrate, known as “flammable ice,” during a one-month trial production in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reported on Thursday. The gas was allegedly extracted from a depth of about 1,225 meters in an area in the north of the highly contested body of water. The South China Sea is believed to contain some of the world’s most promising deposits of methane hydrate, and China has identified the “combustible ice” as a potential new gas source. China’s announcement comes in…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…

South China Sea: Beijing’s ‘dangerous game’ that risks brutal war amid Philippines row | World | News

Beijing and the US have seen their relations break down in recent years – and aside from trade war feuds – the South China Sea has been a huge wedge between the two superpowers. The region is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but…