Battleship War in 2026: Should the U.S. Navy Bring Back the Ultimate Warship?

Here is an idea.  Imagine this fictional showdown: It’s July 2026, and the United States and China are on the brink of war in the South China Sea. Despite years of negotiations and what amounts to a ‘frozen conflict’ on the water, China, the Philippines and Vietnam are more deadlocked than ever before when it comes to various claims and counterclaims in this hotly contested sea. Tensions are now near the boiling point as Beijing has finally begun reclamation work at Scarborough Shoal, blockaded once again Second Thomas Shoal and placed multiple oil rigs…

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea | World | thenews.com.pk

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines on Thursday, brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with at least 10 F-35B stealth jets on deck, stood guard as amphibious tanks rolled onto a Philippine beach located a short sail from islands also claimed by China. The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military…

US warship cruises disputed sea in Philippine war games

MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines Thursday (Apr 11), brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with at least 10 F-35B stealth jets on deck, stood guard as amphibious tanks rolled onto a Philippine beach located a short sail from islands also claimed by China. Advertisement The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military drills, which come as Manila pushes back against the…

US sends warship carrying fighter jets to disputed part of South China Sea

The US sent a fighter-jet-carrying warship to join drills near the disputed Scarborough Shoal for the first time, sending a pointed message to China as tensions simmer over territorial claims in the region. The USS Wasp — an amphibious assault ship outfitted last year with F-35B jets — joined the annual Exercise Balikatan with the Philippines this month. A ship matching the USS Wasp’s description was spotted in waters “near the Scarborough Shoal,” a feature occupied by China since a tense standoff in seven years ago,…

U.S. Warship Sails Near Disputed Island in South China Sea

The USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship carrying helicopters and F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) fighter jets, was recently spotted in waters “near the Scarborough Shoal,” the Philippines’ ABS-CBN News reported on April 9. Scarborough Shoal, which is also claimed by Taiwan, was seized by China in 2012 after an extended standoff with the Philippines. Bloomberg reported that the Wasp joined the annual joint Exercise Balikatan with the Philippines this month. The Wasp didn’t pass within 25 nautical miles of the shoal, according to a U.S. defense official who…

US warship loaded with F-35s was spotted near Scarborough Shoal

The US appears to have sailed a warship armed with stealth fighters near a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Filipino fishermen spotted an “aircraft carrier” launching stealth fighters near the contested Scarborough Shoal, a tiny speck of land in the South China Sea, local media outlet ABS-CBN reported Tuesday. The video report shows what looks like a US amphibious assault ship, most likely the USS Wasp. The Wasp “has been training with Philippine Navy ships in Subic Bay and in international waters of the South China Sea ……

U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea

In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast. Filipino fishermen near the site known as the Scarborough Shoal initially spotted what appeared to be the massive U.S. vessel on Tuesday, according to ABS-CBN News. It said planes were seen landing and taking off from the ship, some 5 km (3 miles) away from the fishermen’s…

Navy ships sail alongside US warship in South China Sea

Navy ships sail alongside US warship in South China Sea (Philstar.com) – April 8, 2019 – 4:17pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy showcased its assets as part of the annual Balikatan exercises by sailing through the South China Sea , alongside the United States Navy. Photos released by the US Navy show the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp sailing alongside the Philippine Navy’s landing platform dock BRP Tarlac and offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz in the contested waterway. The Philippines and the US launched the 35th iteration…

US Warship Carrying 10 F-35B Jets Spotted in South China Sea – Reports

The US ship is scheduled to participate in the Balikatan naval exercises between the Philippines and the United States, which will involve some 4,000 Philippine and 3,500 US troops, as well as a small group of Australian servicemen. US Navy amphibious assault vessel the USS Wasp, carrying a large number of F-35B fighter jets, has been spotted in the South China Sea, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. According to the outlet, the warship is carrying at least 10 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, as opposed to the standard six planes. READ MORE: Beijing Plans to Build ‘City’ on…