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…

China Sends Ships, Planes over Disputed Seas to Show Strength after COVID-19 Outbreak | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is asserting itself in disputed waters around Asia this month to look strong after containing the world’s first coronavirus outbreak as the rest of the world grapples with the disease now.  The Communist leadership seeks an image boost among its own population that’s beleaguered by shutdowns and lockdowns — measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The deadly respiratory disease virus was discovered in central China in December and led to about 81,000 cases there.  Chinese officials hope to appear strong too around the world against…

Navy preventive medicine teams embark ships in 7th Fleet

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Members of Navy Forward-Deployed Preventive Medicine Units (FDPMU) and Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) embarked several 7th Fleet ships March 14 to help combat the risk of and provide laboratory batch testing for COVID-19 aboard the ships. Teams are embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and have the ability to batch test Sailors onboard who present with influenza-like illness symptoms, instead of only sending…

The Marines’ Amphibious Assault Ships Have 1 Big Flaw

Key point: These ships carry a lot of troops and equipment but they are vulnerable to attack. Maybe even too vulnerable. The incoming commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is backing away from the service’s longstanding requirement for 38 dedicated amphibious assault ships. The move could signal the beginning of a new approach to amphibious warfare for the world’s leading marine force. ​This first appeared in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. New commandant Gen. David Berger is “willing to shed some key tenets of the Marines’ amphibious…

China Threatens to Use EMP Attacks Against American Ships in South China Sea

Chinese state-run media recently released a story in which numerous “experts” discussed the possibility of China using an EMP weapon to deter American ships from entering the South China Sea, as reported by Breitbart. The statements were made in The Global Times, a state-run media outlet, where “Chinese military experts” said that “the Chinese military has the option of using new approaches, including the deployment of electromagnetic weapons,” in order to “counter US’ repeated trespasses into Chinese territorial waters.” The story comes as the Communist government of China is attempting…

Marines building dozens of missiles to sink Chinese ships

The Marine Corps might get its anti-ship missile system a year earlier than planned and in numbers to do some serious re-balancing against the Chinese military in the Pacific. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, shared details about work being done to field the ground-based anti-ship missile system and other ground-focused Marine programs. Marine focus on the Pacific and countering China relies on a lot of things but none quite as tangible as a missile system that…

Navy Waits on COVID Test Kits; INDO-PACOM Ships Self-Quarantine « Breaking Defense

Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink, Adm. John Aquilino, commander, Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Stu Baker, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, and Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, PENTAGON: Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and cruiser USS Bunker Hill are being monitored for the coronavirus after they went ashore in Da Nang, Vietnam this month during a shore visit, Navy officials say. The ships don’t have testing kits so medical personnel are keeping a close eye on the sailors.…

The Marines want missiles that can chase down moving ships

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…

USS America | Turning Ships Into ‘Lightning’ Aircraft Carriers

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Dana Beesley The U.S. Marines claim that their ability to turn amphibious ships into aircraft carriers is a major advantage on the battlefield. Amphibious ships, though not full-fledged aircraft carriers, can carry up to 20 F-35Bs. The ability to mount different types of attacks on an adversary using the same ship platform complicates the enemy’s ability to mount an effective defense. The U.S. Marines are touting the ability to quickly reconfigure an amphibious assault ship into a mini-aircraft carrier carrying up to 20…

Defense chief confirms ‘intermittent’ presence of Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that Chinese ships have been present near Pag-asa Island, one of the biggest islands occupied by the Philippines in the disputed Spratlys in the South China Sea. “There were presence there intermittently but varying in numbers,” Lorenzana said in a text message shared Thursday to Defense reporters. Lorenzana was asked to confirm the presence of ships from China’s coast guard and its maritime militia around the island, which is the seat of the Kalayaan municipal government under the…