How ‘Adaptable Deck Launchers’ Could Turn Almost Any Ship into a Missile-Firing Warship

Over at The Drive, the redoubtable Tyler Rogoway relates the feel-good story of the summer, an instant classic: the defense firm BAE Systems says it has developed an “adaptable deck launcher” (ADL) that can be bolted onto any ship of war with deck space to spare. Weaponeers can load up the four-cell launcher with the same missile canisters used in the Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS), the standard launcher installed aboard U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers and ships from a handful of allied navies. BAE’s add-on deck launcher is…

US nuclear-powered warship stops in Manila after patrolling South China Sea

US nuclear-powered warship stops in Manila after patrolling South China Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – August 7, 2019 – 2:55pm MANILA, Philippines — One of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered “supercarrier” docked in Manila Wednesday after sailing through the South China Sea. Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 52) arrived in the Philippines for a brief port call. US Navy and Philippine Navy personnel will take part in sporting events, senior leadership…

US Warship Sails Into Disputed S.China Sea Waters as Beijing Announces Regional War Games – Report

US Navy ships have repeatedly carried out so-called freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea, where the majority of islands are controlled by Beijing. Other territories are claimed by countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines. The US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has sailed through the disputed South China Sea, a few days after Pentagon chief Mark Esper accused Beijing of destabilising the Indo-Pacific. The AP news agency quoted Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, the USS Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer, as saying on Tuesday that the American military…

South China Sea: US military sends warship through disputed waters in warning shot | World | News

The USS Ronald Reagan was sent to the disputed waters as US officials also insisted that some countries must “follow international law”. Tensions in the region have been at a constant crisis point as Beijing has rivalled Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines for certain contested territories. Rear admiral Karl Thomas said on Tuesday following the move that: “The motto of this carrier is peace through strength. “We just think that folks should follow the international law and our presence allows us to provide that security and stability in the background…

American warship sails in PH waters as US-China tensions escalate

An F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares for take-off, onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, in the South China Sea September 30, 2017. Bobby Yip, Reuters MANILA – One of the largest American aircraft carriers entered Philippine waters on Tuesday, after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused China of destabilizing the Indo-Pacific.  Esper on Sunday accused China of predatory economics, intellectual property theft and “weaponizing the global commons” — charges which threatened to inflame already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing as they wage an escalating trade war.  The USS Reagan, the only aircraft…

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of Chinese ships near Pag-asa, warship passage in Tawi-Tawi

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of Chinese ships near Pag-asa, warship passage in Tawi-Tawi Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 31, 2019 – 2:32pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top diplomat confirmed that a diplomatic protest had been filed against China in connection to the hundreds of vessels deployed in the vicinity of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. “Diplomatic protest fired off,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted Wednesday. Locsin’s tweet was in response to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. who said he had recommended diplomatic action…

South China Sea: US Navy said warship through Taiwan Strait in warning to Beijing | World | News

The USS Antietam conducted a routine transit, according to the US Navy’s fleet as the country attempts to push back China’s claims on the sea with freedom of navigation operations. The move comes as China warned that it is ready for war if there was any move towards Taiwan’s independence. Beijing has accused the US of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island. Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said: “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S.…

A New Normal: Chinese Navy Warship Monitors Talisman Sabre Exercises—Again

China continues to apply a double standard to EEZ surveillance. The waters off the coast of Australia are getting crowded as Talisman Sabre 2019, a biennial, bilateral U.S.-Australia set of exercises with participation from the Japanese and Canadian navies this year, gets underway. Over the weekend, Australian media reported that the country’s Defense Force is monitoring the activity of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Type 815 auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) vessel—a warship specialized for at-sea surveillance and reconnaissance. The Type 815, also known as the Dongdiao-class, has played the role…