Category Archives: China

Interview: U.K. Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Talks AUKUS, British Carriers in the Pacific

Interview: U.K. Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Talks AUKUS, British Carriers in the Pacific

Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), near Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 20, 2019. US Navy Photo

The U.K. Royal Navy has been at the forefront of London’s push to the Pacific and a key component of a growing network of navies operating together in Asia. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin took charge of the RN in 2019 as the service was at the early stages of preparing for its carrier deployment as the U.K. moved out on its intentions to be more active on the seas and around the world. Read More

Japan Making Moves to Deter Chinese Aggression, Panel Says

Japan Making Moves to Deter Chinese Aggression, Panel Says

JS Murasame (DD 101) during the 2021 Japan-Vanuatu Goodwill Exercise. JMSDF Photo

Japan’s view that its security is “inextricable tied” to Taiwan’s has gone from words to actions, as Tokyo for the first time is participating in exercises to deter Chinese aggression, an expert in Asia-Pacific affairs said Monday. Read More

VIDEO: Japan’s Largest Warship Launches U.S. Marine F-35s; First Fighters to Fly from Japanese Ship Since WWII

VIDEO: Japan’s Largest Warship Launches U.S. Marine F-35s; First Fighters to Fly from Japanese Ship Since WWII

A Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter from The “Bats” of Marine Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 242 takes off from JS Izumo on Oct. 3, 2021. JMSDF Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Two Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters took off and landed on Japan’s largest warship, JS Izumo (DDH-183), on Oct.3, marking the first time that fixed-wing aircraft have operated off a Japanese warship since World War II. Read More

Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii

Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii

The launch of the Type 75 big-deck amphib in Shanghai on. PLAN Photo

The United States has “real reasons for concern” over China’s expanding size and range of its military capabilities close to Japan that also pose threats to Guam and Hawaii, as well as Australia, the deputy secretary of defense said Friday. Read More

This is What a Chinese Stealth Warship Looks Like on Radar

This is What a Chinese Stealth Warship Looks Like on Radar

Although popularly described as ‘stealthy’, China’s Type-022 missile boat is clearly visible in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite imagery provided by Capella Space Inc. The bow (A) is discernable, as is the mast (B), missile launchers (C) and catamaran hulls at the stern (D). H I Sutton image used with permission

Warships designs are increasingly taking their radar signature into account. Sharp angles that deflect radar waves and coatings that absorb radar energy have been standard features of warship designs for most new warships over the last 20 years. An extreme example is the class of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) Type-022 missile boat. Its lines are angled and sloped to deflect incoming radar waves, like a stealth fighter. Everything is carefully angled and even the window frames have saw-tooth edges, according to published photos of the class. Read More

Panel: Technical Pacts Like AUKUS Blunt China's Edge in Pacific

Panel: Technical Pacts Like AUKUS Blunt China’s Edge in Pacific

Australian, Indian and U.S. ships sail past each other as fixed-wing aircraft from the India and U.S. navies conduct a flyover during Malabar 2020 on Nov. 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

Alliances like the Australia-United Kingdom-United States agreement that will supply the Royal Australian Navy with a nuclear submarine program bring allies together by sharing technology when faced with a competitor like China, an expert on South China Sea security issues said Thursday. Read More

Panel: Australian Nuclear Sub Deal  'Went Terribly Wrong' with America's NATO Allies

Panel: Australian Nuclear Sub Deal ‘Went Terribly Wrong’ with America’s NATO Allies

The French design of the Attack-class submarine that was canceled by Australia last week. Naval Group image

Australia’s decision to turn to Washington and London for nuclear-powered submarines to bolster its security was a “no brainer” for Canberra, but it is a decision that “went terribly wrong” with NATO partners, an expert in European defense matters said Tuesday. Read More

SECNAV Del Toro: U.S. Will be ‘Equal Partner’ with Allied Navies to Maintain Global Freedom of Navigation

SECNAV Del Toro: U.S. Will be ‘Equal Partner’ with Allied Navies to Maintain Global Freedom of Navigation

w Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro addresses the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

NEWPORT, R.I. — The leaders of the U.S. Navy entreated a global audience of international navies to uphold international freedom of navigation, as China and Russia have challenged international maritime norms. Read More