Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Adm. Phil Davidson, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, meets with Japan’s Minister of Defense, Takeshi Iwaya, Indo-Pacific Command headquarters. Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. will continue the recent pace of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and will include allies and partners in future missions, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

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.

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VIDEO: Japan Certifies First Regimental Landing Team in Exercise with U.S. Marines

VIDEO: Japan Certifies First Regimental Landing Team in Exercise with U.S. Marines

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

CNO Richardson Calls for Tougher Actions in Gray Zone Conflicts with Russia, China

CNO Richardson Calls for Tougher Actions in Gray Zone Conflicts with Russia, China

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