Navy concludes its 25th year of CARAT drills with Indonesia in Java Sea – Pacific

Navy concludes its 25th year of CARAT drills with Indonesia in Java Sea A weeklong naval exercise designed to improve the ability of Indonesian and U.S. naval forces to work together has wrapped up its 25th year in Indonesia. Indonesia has taken part in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, a multiphase exercise involving several countries in South and Southeast Asia, since its inception in 1995. Sri Lanka was the first stop for CARAT this year, which kicked off in April. However, those drills were cut…

Navy concludes its 25th year of CARAT drills with Indonesia in Java Sea – News

Navy concludes its 25th year of CARAT drills with Indonesia in Java Sea A weeklong naval exercise designed to improve the ability of Indonesian and U.S. naval forces to work together has wrapped up its 25th year in Indonesia. Indonesia has taken part in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, a multiphase exercise involving several countries in South and Southeast Asia, since its inception in 1995. Sri Lanka was the first stop for CARAT this year, which kicked off in April. However, those drills were cut…

Cost of China damage to PH reefs: P33B a year

SHATTERED CORALS Fragile corals, living organisms that also provide shelter to fish and other marine creatures, take decades to grow but can be destroyed in mere seconds through harmful fishing methods by poachers and illegal fishermen. Scientists say declining fish catch is a sign of continuing reef destruction resulting in lostmarine resources valued at about P33 billion yearly.—PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. DEO FLORENCE ONDA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is losing about P33.1 billion annually from the damaged reef ecosystems at…

Navy challenges China’s claims on militarized reefs for the third time this year – Pacific

Navy challenges China’s claims on militarized reefs for the third time this year YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy sent two guided-missile destroyers on Monday to challenge China’s claims to two reefs it has militarized without internationally recognized authority to do so, according to the Navy. The USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Lt. Joe…

Philippines alarmed by roughly 200 Chinese ships spotted near disputed South China Sea isle this year

MANILA – Some 200 Chinese ships have been spotted near the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island in the South China Sea since the start of the year, triggering alarm in the Philippine military. Philippine soldiers will continue their patrols in the disputed area, military chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said, adding that Chinese fishing vessels have repeatedly been spotted near the island. He urged a panel with representatives from both nations tasked with resolving South China Sea disputes to address Chinese presence in the area. “This is a concern not only for…

Illegal Oil Transshipments to N.Korea Doubled Last Year – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea

Illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products to North Korea have more than doubled over the past year, South Korean military data suggest. The transfers aimed at evading tough import quotas set by the UN Security Council have taken place not only on the South China Sea but even on the West Sea as the North has become bolder amid dwindling supplies. But South Korea has done little to intercept them. According to data Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Baek Seung-joo obtained from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suspected cases of illegal…

China-NZ Year of Tourism gets its launch date after postponement controversy

ROSA WOODS/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a new launch date to get the China-New Zealand year of Tourism back on track. After a controversial stall at the starting blocks, the Government has announced a new launch date for the diplomatic fete that is to mark tourism-related cooperation between New Zealand and China. The China-NZ Year of Tourism has been ongoing in practice for a few months, but the official launch celebration, set for February, between the two Governments was abruptly postponed due to “scheduling issues” on China’s side.  On…

China’s Far Seas Naval Operations, from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Pig

By Ryan D. Martinson Every year, about this time, the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) send their regards to Chinese sailors deployed overseas during the Lunar New Year. Every year these messages are covered by the Chinese press. Few in China pay attention to these reports. Fewer foreign observers even know of them, but they should. This annual ritual tells the story of China’s emergence as a global naval power. A Tradition is Born PLAN leaders made their first Lunar New Year’s call in the second year…