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U.S. Navy Denies Chinese Claims of Expelling Destroyer From Waters Near Paracel Islands

U.S. Navy Denies Chinese Claims of Expelling Destroyer From Waters Near Paracel Islands

Ens. Hazel Acosta, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), observes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), while standing conning officer during Visual Information (VI) drills between the two ships, Jan. 12, 2022. U.S. Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy on Thursday denied a Chinese claim that the People’s Liberation Army Navy chased an American destroyer away from islands in the South China Sea. Read More

More than Two Dozen Naval F-35s Now Underway in the Western Pacific

More than Two Dozen Naval F-35s Now Underway in the Western Pacific

An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the ‘Argonauts’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, launches off the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Jan. 6, 2022. US Navy Photo

 

This story has been updated to clarify the number of F-35Bs operating on USS America (LHA-6).

More than two dozen Navy and Marine F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are currently operating aboard U.S. Navy ships in the Indo-Pacific, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. Read More

Marine ACVs Team with Japanese AAVs at Sea in Iron Fist Exercise

Marine ACVs Team with Japanese AAVs at Sea in Iron Fist Exercise

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier with 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiment checks communication gear on an assault amphibious vehicle during exercise Iron Fist 2022 at White Beach, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 13, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Smooth seas and an ebbing tide greeted Japanese and Marine Corps amphibious vehicle crews that zipped in and out of the Pacific last week, marking the first week of the annual exercise Iron Fist and a resumption of Marines’ waterborne operations. Read More

Panel: U.S. Needs ‘Actions with Backbone’ to Deter Russia From Invading Ukraine

Panel: U.S. Needs ‘Actions with Backbone’ to Deter Russia From Invading Ukraine

A Ukrainian Special Forces Soldier prepares for a mission with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and U.S. Army’s 10th Special Forces Group during Exercise Combined Resolve 16 in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 8, 2021. US Army Photo

Washington should not “cede the battlefield” to Moscow in resolving the crisis over Ukraine’s future, but instead signal to the Kremlin that any invasion will be met with “actions with backbone,” three international security experts said late last week. Read More

Former NATO Head Scaparrotti: China, Iran Watching U.S. Response to Ukraine Tensions Closely

Former NATO Head Scaparrotti: China, Iran Watching U.S. Response to Ukraine Tensions Closely

A Ukrainian soldier receives on-the-spot feedback from a 7th Army Training Command observer coach trainer during Combined Resolve XVI at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 10, 2021. Ukrainian Army Photo

As Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to expand the Kremlin’s sphere of influence across Eastern Europe, how Ukraine is handled by the U.S. will be watched closely by China, Iran, North Korea, a former NATO top commander said last week. Read More