Category Archives: China

Destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur Transits Taiwan Strait, China Protests

Destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur Transits Taiwan Strait, China Protests

Intelligence Specialist Chief Michael Tolbert, from Moss Point, Miss., stands watch on the bridge while the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) on May 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) transited the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday drawing protests from Chinese military officials. Read More

Berger: War With China Not 'An Inevitability,' But Competition Will Endure

Berger: War With China Not ‘An Inevitability,’ But Competition Will Endure

Gen. David Berger, the 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, visits Camp Lejeune, N.C., on May 3, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

While the commandant of the Marine Corps has ushered in a slew of changes to prepare the service for potential conflict in the Indo-Pacific region, Gen. David Berger today emphasized that he does not believe war between the U.S. and China is inevitable. Read More

Officials: Jeanne D'Arc Exercise Tests How Allies Can Work Together in Indo-Pacific

Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Exercise Tests How Allies Can Work Together in Indo-Pacific

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD-18), joined by the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH-154), the French Navy’s amphibious assault helicopter carrier FS Tonnerre (L9014), and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Ōsumi class tank landing ship JS Ōsumi, transit together during exercise Jeanne D’Arc 21 (ARC-21), off the coast of Kagoshima, Japan on May 14, 2021. US Marine Corps.

KUALA LUMPUR – Joint drills between allies in Japan between the U.S., Japanese, French and Australian navies helped the countries better understand how they can operate together in the Indo-Pacific, two U.S. officials leading the exercise. Read More

CNO, Commandant: Services Have A Good Idea of How They'll Fight, If Congress Helps Them With the Right Spending Plans

CNO, Commandant: Services Have A Good Idea of How They’ll Fight, If Congress Helps Them With the Right Spending Plans

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyrell Lewis, a student in the Detachment Hawaii Enhanced Squad Leader Course, aims a dummy rocket launcher at the rocket station, one of twelve stations in the initial performance assessment portion of the course, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2021. The course is an experimental proof of concept, with the intent of modernizing training and providing squad leaders with new capabilities. US Marine Corps photo.

The chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps say they are increasingly clear on how they’d want to fight a peer adversary, what attributes would make their forces successful and what platforms they need to equip that force. Now, they just need help from Congress turning that into a budget everyone can agree upon, they say. Read More

U.S. Begins Joint Exercise in Japan with French and Australian Navies

U.S. Begins Joint Exercise in Japan with French and Australian Navies

American, Japanese, French and Australian commanders salute their respective flags during the opening ceremony for exercise Jeanne D’Arc 21, in Camp Ainoura, Sasebo, Japan, May 11th, 2021. ARC-21 is an opportunity for US, French, Japanese, and Australian forces to share experiences, tactics, and best practices to sharpen their skills together. US Marine Corps Photo

The United States, Japan, France and Australia began their joint training exercise Jeanne D’Arc 21 in the Indo-Pacific region this week. Read More

Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact

Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact

The Hellenic Navy Hydra-class frigate HS Psara (F 494), left, and the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) sail behind the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), March 12, 2021. US Navy Photo

Despite its struggling economy and escalating tensions with neighboring Turkey, Greece is pushing ahead on overhauling its military, according to its defense minister. Read More

SASC Chairman: 355-Ship Fleet is ‘Arbitrary’ Goal, Navy Needs To Pursue Autonomous Vehicles

SASC Chairman: 355-Ship Fleet is ‘Arbitrary’ Goal, Navy Needs To Pursue Autonomous Vehicles

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) steam in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit, Sept. 18 on Sept. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

Rather than focusing on the “arbitrary” 355-ship fleet total, the service should concentrate more effort on developing autonomous vehicles, the top lawmaker on the Senate Armed Services Committee said today. Read More

Interview: French Asia Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey

Interview: French Asia Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey

Charles De Gaulle – The carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R91) docked at Changi Naval Base during its 2019 deployment to the region Photo by Dzirhan Mahadzir

KUALA LUMPUR – Far from France, Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey, Joint Commander French Armed Forces in the Asia-Pacific (ALPACI), is responsible for French security interests in the Indo-Pacific – an area of the world that’s growing in complexity as tensions between the U.S. and China continue to build, he told USNI News. Read More

Panel Warns of Economic and Military Impacts from Russia's Plans for Arctic

Panel Warns of Economic and Military Impacts from Russia’s Plans for Arctic

Paratroopers with 2nd battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, “Spartan Brigade,” conduct high-angle fires with their M777 155mm Howitzer during training at Yukon training area, Alaska, May 6, 2021. US Army Photo

Top security experts recently warned that Russia’s plan to remain the sole Arctic superpower is “worrisome and troublesome” and argued that ambition has economic and military implications far into the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Read More