Category Archives: China

Two LCSs, Reagan Carrier Strike Group and America ESG on Patrol in the Western Pacific

Two LCSs, Reagan Carrier Strike Group and America ESG on Patrol in the Western Pacific

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Trenton B. Coble, from Edgewood, Texas, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, guides an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a vertical replenishment exercise aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16). US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Two Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships – USS Tulsa (LCS-16) and USS Charleston (LCS-18) – are currently on their first deployments to the Indo-Pacific region, with Charleston recently conducting a refueling stop in Singapore at Changi Naval Base and Tulsa operating in the Philippine Sea. Read More

MDA, NORTHCOM Heads Warn Funding Lapses Could Leave Missile Defense Gaps  

MDA, NORTHCOM Heads Warn Funding Lapses Could Leave Missile Defense Gaps  

A target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii during Flight Test Standard Missile-45. The USS JOHN FINN (DDG-113) detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which intercepted the target. Missile Defense Agency photo

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Gen. Glen VanHerck in Wednesday’s hearing.

The head of the Missile Defense Agency warned the House that a continuing resolution will leave gaps in testing and work on test ranges will “come to an all-stop” until the president signs a new budget into law, MDA director Vice Adm. Jon Hill said on Tuesday. Read More

French Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Deployment Enhances Interoperability With Partners

French Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Deployment Enhances Interoperability With Partners

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force CH-47 helicopter lands on LPD FS Tonnerre (L9104) during the Jeanne D’Arc 2021 exercise in Japan. French Armed Forces Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – As France’s Jeanne D’Arc deployment nears its conclusion, the French are looking to continue high-end operations in the Indo-Pacific region, according to two French officials in command of the deployment. Read More

Chinese Military Surveillance Ship, Aircraft Spotted at Contested South China Sea Reef

Chinese Military Surveillance Ship, Aircraft Spotted at Contested South China Sea Reef

Chinese surveillance assets at Fiery Cross Reef on June 9, 2021. Maxar Image used permission

As the U.S. attempts to pivot its national security focus to the Pacific, the situation in the South China Sea continues to grow more complex. China claims almost the entire area as its own and has running territorial disputes with nearly all of its neighbors, while tensions remain high in part due to the presence of a more aggressive People’s Liberation Army Navy. Read More

Hicks: DoD Budget Designed to Deter Chinese Aggression; Pentagon Issues New China Policy Directive

Hicks: DoD Budget Designed to Deter Chinese Aggression; Pentagon Issues New China Policy Directive

Chinese president Xi Jinping tours People’s Liberation Army Navy warship. Xinhua Photo

This post has been updated to clarify comments from Kathleen Hicks.

The Pentagon drew up its $715 billion budget request with a clear-eyed approach on how to “deter military aggression” when it comes to China, the Defense Department’s number two civilian said on Tuesday. Read More

PACAF CO: U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

PACAF CO: U.S. Working to Dampen Chinese Missile Advantage in the Pacific

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, commander, Pacific Air Forces, adjusts his flight suit equipment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on May 10, 2021, in the Gulf of Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2021 (NE21). US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — U.S. Pacific Air Forces is crafting a dual strategy of defensive capabilities and dispersal of forces in order to negate the threat posed to its forces and bases by China’s increasing military capabilities, the PACAF commander said. Read More

CNO Gilday Pledges Closer Working Relationships With British, French Navies

CNO Gilday Pledges Closer Working Relationships With British, French Navies

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday meets with U.K. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of the French Navy Adm. Pierre Vandier for a trilateral maritime discussion. The three heads of Navy met in France to sign a trilateral joint statement reaffirming their commitment to deeper co-operation and interoperability around the globe on June 3, 2021. US Navy Photo

After signing a new trilateral agreement pushing for deeper cooperation, the top officers of the American, French and British navies signaled that their naval forces are in a new era of seamless command and control. Read More