Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Analysis: The Philippines' Naval Build Up

Analysis: The Philippines’ Naval Build Up

HMAS Balikpapan, Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) L133 HMAS Betano, and Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665 transit out of the Segond Channel during Pacific Partnership 2011. US Navy Photo

HMAS Balikpapan, Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) L133 HMAS Betano, and Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665 transit out of the Segond Channel during Pacific Partnership 2011. US Navy Photo

Like many of its regional peers, the Philippines is in the midst of a defense buildup, motivated in no small part by China’s assertive moves in the western Philippine Sea and the resource-rich Spratly islands. Read More

Unique Ships of the U.S. Navy

Unique Ships of the U.S. Navy

Several similar Arleigh Burke destroyers. US Navy Photo

Several similar Arleigh Burke destroyers. US Navy Photo

Navies like their ships to be as similar as possible – for good reason.

It’s easier to train sailors on similar ships and systems, it’s cheaper to build many ships of the same design in bulk and they’re cheaper to operate and maintain.

Late last year, when the U.S. Navy decided to base its next generation amphibious warship design, the LX(R), on an existing hull it cited cost savings in design, maintenance and manpower as justification.

But occasionally, the mission demands something special, something unique. Read More

U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea 'Makes Sense'

U.S. 7th Fleet CO: Japanese Patrols of South China Sea ‘Makes Sense’

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships near Guam on July 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a quote from the Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and law, K. Shanmugam.

The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors. Read More