US aircraft carrier and Japanese warships sail together in South China Sea

The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 10-12, 2019. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical actions officer aboard Ronald Reagan. “As…

South China Sea FURY as China sends WARSHIPS into Australia | World | News

Three warships sailed through the Sydney Heads and passed by various coastal landmarks in what experts are labelling a show of force. The Chinese fleet – made up of a frigate, a supply ship, and an amphibious war vessel – was unnerving for the unaware. The Australian government also did not reveal that the ships were conducting live-firing exercises in the South Indian Ocean – just west of the country. Though Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he knew about the visit, other leaders – such as New South Wales Premier…

Two U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea – World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by threatening to hike U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of…

South China Sea: Chinese warships arrive in Sydney Harbour after World War 3 threat | World | News

Much to the surprise of the public, three warships entered the harbour on Monday morning following a bold threat from Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe. The People’s Liberation Army-Navy forced arrived in the harbour for a four-day stay following a speech where Mr Fenghe issued a warning to other world powers. During a speech at Asia’s defence summit at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Mr Fenghe warned that if any country interfered in China’s relations with other countries, that it would “fight at all costs”. Adding to his inflammatory…

Chinese warships in Sydney: a surprise for the Australian public, and a show of strength from Beijing? – South China Morning Post

Chinese warships in Sydney: a surprise for the Australian public, and a show of strength from Beijing?  South China Morning Post The docking of three Chinese warships in Sydney for a publicly unannounced stopover on Monday set off a flurry of speculation about Beijing’s intentions amid rising anxiety about Chinese influence in the southern Pacific. The visit by a Chinese frigate, auxiliary replenishment ship and amphibious vessel – with some 700 sailors in total – caught social media users and academics by surprise, with some questioning the visit’s timing and why…

Tensions escalate as US warships sail past islands claimed by China

The ships were warned away by the Chinese navy (Picture: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Two US warships have sailed near islands claimed by China today in a move that could aggravate tense relations between the countries. According to the US military, the guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon travelled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs by the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. The waterway is one area of dispute between the US and China that has the potential of triggering a war. Family’s £3,000 holiday ruined…

Chinese warships arrive in Sydney as Beijing warns of South China Sea resolve

Updated June 03, 2019 16:09:51 Related Story: Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in South China Sea Three Chinese warships have arrived in Sydney Harbour amid increasingly strident rhetoric from Beijing over its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Key points: The Government says the arrival of the Chinese warships is not a surprise, despite not being publicly announced The PM says the vessels are on their way back from operations in the Middle East The visit comes just hours after the Chinese Defence Minister spoke about the army’s…

Chinese warships make surprise entrance into Sydney Harbour

Updated June 03, 2019 15:15:07 Related Story: Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in South China Sea Three Chinese warships have arrived in Sydney Harbour amid increasingly strident rhetoric from Beijing over its territorial claims in the South China Sea. A People’s Liberation Army-Navy frigate, an auxiliary replenishment ship and an amphibious vessel are docking at Garden Island for a four-day stopover. The arrival, which was not publicly announced by the Australian Government, came just hours after Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe struck an uncompromising tone on Taiwan and…

Beijing military vows to stay ‘on high alert’ after U.S. warships sail near man-made islets in South China Sea

A Chinese military spokesman has said the People’s Liberation Army will remain “on high alert and take all necessary measures” to protect what it claims is its “national sovereignty” after the U.S. Navy sent two warships near two Chinese-held man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea. Senior Col. Li Huamin, a spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command, said the military had sent warships and aircraft to warn off the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon after the two vessels conducted what the U.S. calls “freedom of…