U.S. Warships Support Malaysia Against China Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. has sent three naval ships on patrols near oil-and-gas operations off Malaysia’s coast in recent days, a show of support for the Southeast Asian nation whose offshore explorations in the South China Sea have faced pressure from China. The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords on Tuesday sailed close to a drillship named West Capella, contracted by Malaysia’s national oil company, after two other U.S. naval vessels patrolled there last week. The U.S. Navy called these presence operations. … Source link

The U.S. Navy Just Sent These Two Warships to the South China Sea

For the second time in a month the U.S. Navy sent warships to patrol in the vicinity of a mineral rights dispute between Malaysia and China in the South China Sea. The United States Navy’s 7th Fleet announced that last week the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) and the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) conducted presence operations in international waters and airspace near Panamanian flagged drill ship, West Capella. The Panamanian vessel was conducting surveying operations in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone…

U.S. Sends Warships on Patrol Near South China Sea Standoff

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducts routine operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella, on May 7, 2020 in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. Navy sent a pair of ships to patrol in the vicinity of a mineral rights dispute between Malaysia and China in the South China Sea for the second time in a month, U.S. officials told USNI News. Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) and replenishment ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) conducted a presence operation in the South China Sea on Thursday…

US, UK Warships Enter Barents Sea Near Russia For First Since The Cold War Under ‘Freedom Of Navigation’

The South China Sea has long been a bone of contention between the US and China. The Chinese military recently claimed that it “expelled” a U.S. navy vessel from the South China Sea this week adding to US-China tensions over COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, in the latest incident in the ongoing dispute over the control of the South China Sea (SCS), two United States airforce B-1 Lancer bombers conducted a 32- hour round-trip sortie over the SCS infuriating Beijing. The latest move by the US follows the…

High-seas energy fight off Malaysia draws US, Chinese warships, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Malaysia’s push to explore energy blocks off its coast has turned into a five-nation face off involving US and Chinese warships, raising the risk of a direct confrontation as broader tensions grow between the world’s biggest economies. The episode began in December, when Malaysia’s state-run energy giant Petroliam Nasional Bhd contracted a vessel to explore two areas in the South China Sea in its extended continental shelf. Those waters are also claimed by Vietnam and China, which immediately sent ships to shadow the boat. The situation…

US warships enter disputed waters in the South China Sea, escalating tensions with Beijing

US warships have sailed into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to military analysts, heightening a standoff in the waterway and sharpening the rivalry between the United States and China, even as much of the world is in lockdown because of the coronavirus. The USS America, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser, entered contested waters off Malaysia. At the same time, a Chinese government ship in the area has for days been tailing a Malaysian state oil company ship carrying out…

High-seas energy fight off Malaysia draws U.S. and Chinese warships

Malaysia’s push to explore energy blocks off its coast has turned into a five-nation face-off involving U.S. and Chinese warships, raising the risk of a direct confrontation as broader tensions grow between the world’s biggest economies. The episode began in December, when Malaysia’s state-run energy giant Petroliam Nasional Bhd. contracted a vessel to explore two areas in the South China Sea in its extended continental shelf. Those waters are also claimed by Vietnam and China, which immediately sent ships to shadow the boat. The situation took a turn for the…

U.S. Warships Enter South China Sea Hot Spot as Tensions With China Escalate

A view of Scarborough Shoal, now effectively controlled by China. The Chinese government has made vast claims to the South China Sea that conflict with demarcations made by five other governments. Onboard a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane during a mission to observe the build-up and militarization of reefs and islands by China in 2018. The Chinese Navy during a military display in the South China Sea in 2018. Indonesian fishermen in domestic waters, where they have seen their catches dwindle since…

US, Chinese warships enter South China Sea over oil dispute

A months-long standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels in disputed waters in the South China Sea over oil exploration has drawn US, Chinese and Australian warships, according to reports. The high-stakes drama began in December when Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas contracted a ship to explore waters in the country’s extended continental shelf that are also claimed by China and Vietnam, according to Bloomberg News. Those two countries dispatched ships to shadow the Malaysian vessel. On April 16, the Chinese surveyor Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered the fray while accompanied by…