Ruinous: Why the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Could Cost It Big in a War With China

Key point: The LCS is an awful warship that the Navy doesn’t even want. It even performs badly in war games and simulations. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. This first appeared in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the lightly-armed LCS likely couldn’t survive in a…

Chinese military has built second assault ship, report says

The Chinese military is reportedly on the brink of completing its development of a second Type 075 since completing its first in September. The launch of a second Type 075 could play a role in China annexing Taiwan, Asia Times reported. It’s hull and flight deck are already complete, bringing the completion of the Type 075 much closer than anticipated. A recent report says it has already built in Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and will soon be launched. China has acquired and learned new shipbuilding technologies believed to play…

US amphibious assault vessel, littoral combat ship intrude South China Sea

A Chinese H-6K bomber patrolling islands and reefs including Huangyan Dao in the South China Sea. File photo: Xinhua   US warships, regardless of their large displacement and advanced technologies, are actually “paper tigers” in the South China Sea, as China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has the overwhelming advantage there, military experts said on Saturday after the US once again sent naval vessels to the South China Sea days after Chinese armed forces expelled a US warship that illegally entered the waters. The US amphibious assault ship America and littoral…

China Moves Advanced Rescue Ship To Disputed South China Sea Island

A Chinese rescue ship, the Nan Hai Jiu 115, is maneuvering around Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA), a non-profit news site. The reason for the ship’s presence is unknown but thought to be “benign” or of a non-military nature. The vessel is considered one of China’s most advanced. It can carry out tasks like firefighting, oil spill clean-up, and emergency medical services. It is easily identified by its green-colored landing helicopter dock and heliport that can handle medium-sized helicopters. RFA used vessel-tracking…

China bases advanced rescue ship on Kagitingan Reef — report

MANILA, Philippines — One of China’s most advanced rescue ships is now operating around Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Radio Free Asia (RFA), a non-profit news site, reported last week that Nan Hai Jiu 115 was spotted around Kagitingan Reef, one of the areas where China built its man-made islands. This deployment “reinforces the official narrative that Beijing has benign intentions in its creation of artificial islands and other infrastructure in the South China Sea where its expansive claims are disputed by neighboring nations,” RFA said…

‘We were on a cruise to nowhere’: Coronavirus scare kept Wyevale woman stuck aboard ship

When Angela Ingram left Wyevale on Jan. 31, she was hoping to enjoy a 14-day cruise from Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan. Instead, she ended up cruising around the South China Sea for 20 days. “We were supposed to stop at 10 different ports, but each one turned the ship away. So we basically just floated around at sea for three weeks,” said Ingram, 73, who arrived home Feb. 21. Ingram was one of 1,455 passengers on the MS Westerdam, a Holland American Line cruise ship that departed Hong Kong…

Chinese Search-and-Rescue Ship Moves to Fiery Cross Reef

A Chinese rescue ship has started operating in and around Fiery Cross Reef, a land feature disputed between China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea, Radio Free Asia has learned. The Nan Hai Jiu 115, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence’s navy recognition guide, is operated by China’s Ministry of Transportation, and is responsible for rescue and salvage services at sea. The rescue ship departed the Chinese city of Sanya, Hainan province, on Jan. 10 and entered Fiery Cross Reef on Feb. 18. It has…

Navy christens littoral combat ship honoring veterans among Baseball Hall of Fame – U.S.

Navy christens littoral combat ship honoring veterans among Baseball Hall of Fame The Navy christened its newest littoral combat ship over the weekend, the USS Cooperstown, even as it looks to downsize its inventory of vessels in the same class. Alba Tull, wife of billionaire film producer Thomas Tull, broke the traditional bottle of sparkling wine across the Cooperstown’s bow Saturday at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The Cooperstown is the 12th ship of its kind, the Freedom variant, of 16 the Navy contracted with…

Westerdam cruise ship stuck in South China Sea because of Philippines coronavirus ban

Updated February 04, 2020 00:48:53 An Adelaide couple is among up to 2,000 people stuck on a cruise ship in the South China Sea after it was refused entry to the Philippines because of fears about the coronavirus. Key points: The Westerdam cruise ship left Hong Kong for the Philippines on Saturday The Philippines banned incoming passengers from China because of coronavirus fears The ship is in the South China Sea awaiting a decision on its next port of call It comes as the South Australian Government announced 56 people…

Alameda woman shares her story after being stuck on cruise ship due to coronavirus

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KRON) — Finally back home and ready to share her story, Christina Kerby of Alameda was on a cruise vacation that got disrupted because of the coronavirus. No port would take the ship in despite none of the 800 passengers having the deadly illness. “It was still a trip of a lifetime,” Kerby said. “Just not the one I expected.” Kerby made the best out of bad situation. She and and her mom were on the Westerdam, a Holland America ship the South China Sea. As the coronavirus…