USS Theodore Roosevelt returning to sea as China steps up coronavirus-era ‘harassment’ of US spy planes, ships

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here. The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will return to sea later this week before Memorial Day after a coronavirus outbreak sidelined the massive warship for nearly two months after more than 1,000 sailors tested positive, Navy officials said Tuesday. Since heading into port, China appears to have taken advantage of the situation and ramped up its harassment of the U.S. military and its regional allies amid the global pandemic. With the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier…

No Shipbuilding Plan, But Navy Works On New Ships To Counter China « Breaking Defense

The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit moves through the Gulf of Aden during an amphibious assault rehearsal. WASHINGTON: The Navy might not yet have an overarching plan to design and build its fleet of the future, but it is taking small steps that provide clues as to where service leadership wants to go. Over the past week, the Navy announced two industry days to meet with prospective shipbuilders for a new class of logistics ship that can operate under fire, and an unmanned anti-mine vessel, both new programs that would allow…

Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat near Senkaku Islands

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) — Two China Coast Guard ships have approached and chased a Japanese fishing boat in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said Saturday. The Japanese coast guard ordered the Chinese vessels to leave the waters and deployed a patrol ship to safeguard the fishing boat, whose three crew members were unhurt during Friday’s incident. Tokyo lodged a protest with Beijing over the incident via a call Friday to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo by Shigeki Takizaki, director…

Navy ships head into South China Sea to counter Beijing ‘bullying’

Two U.S. Navy ships sailed into the South China Sea Thursday in a show of support for a Malaysian drill ship that’s been getting hassled by Chinese vessels as Beijing continues its attempts to claim the resource-rich sea as its own. The littoral combat ship Montgomery and the dry cargo ship Cesar Chavez each steamed near the Malaysia-contracted West Capella, which has been harassed by Chinese fishing vessels and coast guard ships in recent months, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The West…

US Ships Aid Malaysia As China Tries ‘Bullying’ In South China Sea « Breaking Defense

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery conducts operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella. WASHINGTON: Two Navy ships sailed into the middle of a simmering dispute between China and a neighbor in the South China Sea on Thursday, shrugging off a shadowing Chinese warship in Washington’s latest effort to show presence in an increasingly contested waterway.   The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery and supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez sailed close to a Malaysian drillship, the West Capella on Thursday, signalling to Chinese warships who have spent weeks harassing the commercial…

The acting Navy secretary stepped down and a ship’s captain was fired. This question remains about the USS Roosevelt.

This file US Navy handout photo obtained March 31, 2020 shows an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), on March 18, 2020 in the Pacific Ocean. less This file US Navy handout photo obtained March 31, 2020 shows an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier … more Photo: NICHOLAS V. HUYNH…

US Navy ships in Barents Sea near Russia, first time since 1980s, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Navy sent four ships this week to conduct Arctic security operations in the Barents Sea north of Russia for the first time in over three decades, the Pentagon said on Monday (May 4). The move came as US officials said rivals like China and Russia were increasingly testing US defence resolve with their own air and sea challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. The four vessels, along with a British Royal navy ship, conducted operations in the increasingly strategic Arctic region “to assert freedom of navigation…

Free rein for China’s navy as virus halts US ships

China’s navy has been flexing its muscles by conducting drills and sending its two aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait, into the South China Sea and the Pacific as the US and Taiwanese navies struggle with coronavirus outbreaks aboard their ships. The Liaoning and Shandong, China’s two aircraft carriers, were both on active deployment during most of March and April, staging drills and making voyages that covered staggering distances across the nation’s claimed territorial waters and the high seas. The Liaoning, the first carrier in the People’s Liberation Army Navy…

China Says PLA Scrambled Aircraft, Ships to ‘Expel’ U.S. Warship from South China Sea Island Chain

Seaman Xi Chan stands lookout on the flight deck as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transits the Taiwan Strait during routine underway operations on April 23, 2020. US Navy Photo Chinese authorities said they sortied ships and aircraft to “track, monitor, verify, identify and expel” a U.S. warship from the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea on Tuesday, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials said on Chinese social media. Navy officials confirmed to USNI News that guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) conducted a freedom of navigation…

‘Mission endures’ for Task Force 70 ships amid coronavirus pandemic, commanders say – Pacific

‘Mission endures’ for Task Force 70 ships amid coronavirus pandemic, commanders say Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription. YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Even amid a worldwide shutdown as the coronavirus ravages the globe, national security “doesn’t stop for a global pandemic,” USS Ronald Reagan commander Capt. Pat Hannifin said in a recent interview with Stars and Stripes. As the Navy’s only…