Sailors remove chalks and chains from a MH-60R Seahawk, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Detachment ONE, during flight quarters aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88). Navy photo
This post has been updated to include a statement from US 7th fleet
THE PENTAGON – Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) past South China Sea land masses claimed by China but not recognized as islands by international law.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers depart an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD-25) on Jan. 31, 2019. US Navy Photo
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – In the morning chill, Marine Corps and Japanese military officers watched a platoon of Japanese amphibious assault vehicles swim ashore in choppy, storm-driven seas, landing with a Marine Corps AAV trailing at the rear. Read More
The following is the Feb. 7, 2019 Congressional Research Service report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks at Atlantic Council on Feb. 6, 2019. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chief of naval operations upped his rhetoric regarding Russian and Chinese “gray-zone” aggression, saying the Navy needed to put pressure on Russia instead of passively reacting to the European competitor and calling for more “muscular” enforcement of rules of the sea when it comes to China. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson meets with Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Department under China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) Gen. Li Zuocheng and other senior Chinese defense officials in Beijing on Jan. 15, 2019. Navy photo.
THE PENTAGON – Maintaining a consistent presence is the key to dealing with China on the high seas, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters.
The following is the Jan. 17, 2019 Congressional Research Service report, Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons. Read More
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and other senior Chinese defense officials at the PLAN headquarters in Beijing on Jan. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s top officer stressed the importance of his personal relationship with his Chinese Navy counterpart and in continuing a dialogue to minimize the risks from the obvious tensions between the two most powerful Pacific naval forces. Read More
Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo
A U.S. warship and fleet replenishment oiler conducted the third transit through the Taiwan Strait in four months as tensions between Taiwan and China are on the rise.
The following is the recently released U.S. National Intelligence Strategy 2019. Read More
The following is the Defense Intelligence Agency report, China Military Power that was published on Jan. 15, 2019. Read More