Largest Japanese Warship Joins US Supercarrier for Bilateral Deployment in South China Sea

The vessels conducted a range of bilateral drills. The United States’ Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier strike group, led by flagship USS Ronald Reagan, conducted bilateral exercises with Japan’s largest warship this week in the South China Sea, according to statements released by both countries. JS Izumo, the lead ship of the Izumo-class of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force multi-purpose destroyers, joined the U.S. aircraft carrier for combat training. A U.S. 7th Fleet statement described the vessels’ activities in the South China Sea as a “cooperative deployment.” MSDF vessels JS Murasame…

South China Sea: US warship flexes muscles in drills as tensions with Beijing soa | World | News

The drills, which began on Monday and were due to finish today, include joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the huge stretch of sea. The joint exercises between the two global powerhouses are likely to be met with fury from Beijing, who will likely interpret the move as resisting moves of its own to extend its naval reach further into the Pacific. It is the latest alarming development in the South China Sea and comes just 24 hours after the Defence Ministry said China’s sole operating aircraft,…

Japan’s largest warship joins U.S. carrier for military exercises in disputed South China Sea

The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo, Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier, has joined the United States’ sole forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in joint military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the MSDF and U.S. 7th Fleet said in separate statements Wednesday. The drills, which included joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the South China Sea, kicked off on Monday and were due to wrap up Wednesday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. The joint exercises, which were the latest in a spate…

US Warship Flexes Muscles in South China Sea Drills With Japan Amid Tensions With Beijing

Beijing has repeatedly protested the passage of US warships in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of violating Chinese sovereignty. Tensions between China and the US have recently further escalated in the wake of the protracted trade war and the blacklisting of Huawei. Japan and the United States are conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea involving the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear aircraft carrier, as well as the JS Izumo, a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Japanese newspaper, the manoeuvres began…

Palace ‘concerned’ over Chinese warship presence near Scarborough

WATCH: Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang is concerned over the presence of Chinese Navy warship near Sacrborough Shoal. @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/w4zaL7ncSa — Nestor A. Corrales (@NCorralesINQ) June 11, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is concerned over the presence of a Chinese warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Scarborough Shoal is a traditional fishing ground within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone that China seized after a two-month standoff with the Philippine Navy in 2012. “Of course, we are always concerned on any intrusion to our sovereignty,”…

South China Sea: Philippine Coast Guard Spots PLAN Warship Off Scarborough Shoal

The warship was accompanied by China Coast Guard and maritime militia vessels. A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy warship has been seen near Scarborough Shoal, a disputed feature in the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines and China. According to Cmd. Armand Balilo, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard, on Monday, a PLAN vessel was seen within 7 to 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal. Since a 2012 standoff between Beijing and Manila, China has maintained a constant presence at the disputed shoal, mainly in the form of…

US Navy photos show Russian destroyer dangerously close to US warship

A Russian destroyer challenged a US warship to an unusual showdown in the Pacific on Friday, forcing it to take sudden evasive action. The destroyer, according to US 7th Fleet, engaged in “unsafe and unprofessional” behavior, sailing extremely close to the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chancellorsville and risking a collision with the US vessel. It came just a few days after a Russian fighter aggressively buzzed a US Navy aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea. The “USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship…

The U.S. Sent a Warship to the South China Sea to Send China a Message – VICE News

Tensions between China and the U.S. ratcheted up several notches over the weekend as Washington sent a warship into the disputed waters of the South China Sea. On Sunday, a U.S. warship sailed into waters claimed by China in the hotly disputed South China Sea, with the U.S. Navy confirming that one of its vessels sailed close to the Scarborough Shoal, as part of what it describes as “freedom of navigation” exercises. “The USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims…