Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Analysis: Chinese South China Sea Operations Ambiguous After Ruling

Analysis: Chinese South China Sea Operations Ambiguous After Ruling

China’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) tribunal’s ruling regarding rights, activities and entitlements in the South China Sea is much less certain than one might expect, we concluded in a previous post at Lawfare. By our analysis, there are no reports that China has taken actions in clear violation of nine of fifteen rulings handed down by the tribunal. Therefore, while China is not in “compliance” with the arbitral award, neither is it in complete “non-compliance.” Read More

CNO Richardson: USS Mason 'Appears to Have Come Under Attack'

CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’

The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on June 24, 2016. US Navy Photo

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on June 24, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post and headline have been updated with additional information from the Department of Defense. While Mason fired counter-measures to protect itself, it is yet unconfirmed if the suspected threats are cruise missiles or originated in Yemen.

A U.S. guided missile destroyer may have been attacked on Saturday off the coast of Yemen by anti-ship cruise missiles for the third time this week, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters on Saturday. Read More

U.S. Navy Expanding Maintenance Capability in Western Pacific

U.S. Navy Expanding Maintenance Capability in Western Pacific

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka on July 20, 2016. US Navy Photo

Water is drained from a dry dock at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC) Yokosuka on July 20, 2016. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –The U.S. Navy’s Commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 is in the process of expanding its maintenance and support capabilities, its commander told USNI News. Read More

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

This post has been updated with additional comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

A Navy guided missile destroyer launched an attack against three radar sites in Yemen with Tomahawk cruise missiles in response to recent attacks on U.S. ships in the region, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday. Read More

NSC Official: U.S. - India Security Relationship ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ for Next Administration

NSC Official: U.S. – India Security Relationship ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ for Next Administration

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar (left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (center) observe flight operations on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). US Navy Photo

The evolving relationship between the United States and India in terms of trade and security presents “a tremendous opportunity to the next administration,” the National Security Council’s senior official for South Asia said Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Houthi rebels fired two more cruise missiles at the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Wednesday and Pentagon officials are pledging a response, DoD spokesman Peter Cook said in a Wednesday statement. Read More