Dzirhan Mahadzir

About Dzirhan Mahadzir

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Among the publications he has written for and currently writes for since 1998 includes Defence Review Asia, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Navy International, International Defence Review, Asian Defence Journal, Defence Helicopter, Asian Military Review and the Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter.


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Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Song-class submarines of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

KUALA LUMPUR – The Japanese Ministry of Defense detected a Chinese submarine operating in the contiguous zone of Japan’s southern islands, they announced in a Sept. 12 press release, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) air and naval units are maintaining surveillance on the submarine. Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Continues to Expand Presence in the Western Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard Continues to Expand Presence in the Western Pacific

JS OUMI conducted joint training with cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) in the East China Sea on Aug. 26, 2021. JMSDF Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The U.S. Coast Guard’s status as a military service coupled with its law enforcement roles allows it to effectively contribute to both the military and maritime law enforcement requirements of the Indo-Pacific region, according to the commander of U.S. Coast Guard units operating in the region. Read More

U.S., U.K. F-35s Drill in the Western Pacific

U.S., U.K. F-35s Drill in the Western Pacific

A Marine F-35B Lighting II aboard the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) this week. Royal Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Aircraft from carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) flew interoperability exercises over the Philippine Sea on Aug. 26 with U.S. Marine Corps and Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the U.K. Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG 21), the Navy announced this week.
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6 Naval Task Groups From U.S., U.K., India, Japan and Australia Underway in Pacific

6 Naval Task Groups From U.S., U.K., India, Japan and Australia Underway in Pacific

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), navigates Tokyo Bay on the way to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port visit on Aug. 28, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Six task groups from the U.S, U.K., Australian, Japanese and Indian navies are currently on operational deployments in the Indo-Pacific region amidst an intense fall and early winter period of multilateral exercises. Read More

VP Harris Stresses U.S. Commitment to Indo-Pacific During Regional Tour, Calls Out Chinese Aggression

VP Harris Stresses U.S. Commitment to Indo-Pacific During Regional Tour, Calls Out Chinese Aggression

Vice President Kamala Harris visits the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), Aug. 23, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The United States will stand with its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region against any threats to the rules-based order, Vice President Kamala Harris said during a swing through the region this week. Read More

Admiral: Talisman Sabre Proves U.S., Allies Can Create Pacific Naval Force in Days

Admiral: Talisman Sabre Proves U.S., Allies Can Create Pacific Naval Force in Days

USS America (LHA-6) conducts a fueling-at-sea with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH155) in support of flight deck operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on July 27, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The latest the Talisman Sabre exercise proved that the U.S. and its Pacific allies could form a unified and capable naval force in a matter of days, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Japan-based expeditionary strike group said this week. Read More

CNO Gilday: Keeping Littoral Combat Ships Nimble Key to Pacific Deployments, No Plans for 1st Fleet in Singapore

CNO Gilday: Keeping Littoral Combat Ships Nimble Key to Pacific Deployments, No Plans for 1st Fleet in Singapore

An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (HSC 21) lands on the flight deck of the independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS-16) on July 5, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Navy is making Littoral Combat Ship deployments in the Indo-Pacific region more flexible and unpredictable, allowing the service to respond to impromptu engagement opportunities and ensuring the LCS are not tied to any fixed location for too long, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said during a media conference call on Wednesday in conjunction with his official visit to Singapore. Read More

SECDEF Austin Outlines U.S. Commitment to the Pacific while China Protests U.K. Carrier Operations in South China Sea

SECDEF Austin Outlines U.S. Commitment to the Pacific while China Protests U.K. Carrier Operations in South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin gives remarks on ‘The Imperative of Partnership’ at the 40th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Lecture in Singapore on July 27, 2021. DoD Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated America’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific and chided China during his speech at the 40th International Institute for Strategic Studies Fullerton Lecture held in Singapore on Tuesday. Read More

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Now on the Edge of the South China Sea

U.K. Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Now on the Edge of the South China Sea

Royal Malaysian Navy Frigate KD Lekiu (FFG30) sailing with Royal Navy Carrier Queen Elizabeth (RO8) and Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805) during the Passex exercise in the Malacca Strait on July 25, 2021. Malaysian Royal Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group is making its way into the South China Sea with some ships already there ahead of carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The strike group has partially disaggregated into different elements following the conclusion of Exercise Konkan with the Indian Navy, held from 21 to 22 July in the Bay of Bengal. Read More