Tag Archives: Indo-Pacific

SECNAV Braithwaite Visits Palau as U.S. Courts More Partners in the Western Pacific

SECNAV Braithwaite Visits Palau as U.S. Courts More Partners in the Western Pacific

USS Benfold (DD-65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite visited Palau during a weeklong swing through the Pacific, making him the second high-ranking Defense Department official to visit to the small island nation in the last two months as the Second Island Chain is being eyed to play an even larger role in military plans and operations going forward. Read More

ASEAN, China Still Negotiating to Keep Law Enforcement Disputes From Becoming Naval Conflicts

ASEAN, China Still Negotiating to Keep Law Enforcement Disputes From Becoming Naval Conflicts

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) conducts routine operations near the Panamanian flagged drill ship, West Capella on May 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

Indonesia and Malaysia increasingly depend on their coast guards to assert maritime sovereignty, but these forces don’t have agreed-upon regional rules of behavior to keep clashes with China over fisheries and energy exploration from escalating into crises, three South China Sea experts said Monday. Read More

USS Montgomery Deployment Proves Out Changes Made in LCS Program Overhaul

USS Montgomery Deployment Proves Out Changes Made in LCS Program Overhaul

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) returns to homeport at Naval Base San Diego following the successful completion of a 12-month rotational deployment. Montgomery operated in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. US Navy photo.

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) recently wrapped up its maiden deployment – and the ship class’s first since a restructure of the Littoral Combat Ship program – and the head of LCS operations said the ship leveraged lessons learned from earlier deployments to avoid readiness problems and make the most of its operational capabilities. Read More

Pentagon’s Chief Indo-Pacific Strategist Resigns

Pentagon’s Chief Indo-Pacific Strategist Resigns

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver speaks to reporters. DoD photo

The Pentagon’s chief Indo-Pacific strategist who is known for being tough on China is leaving the Department of Defense after nearly two years on the job.

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Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

USS Wasp (LHD-1) at the Port of Brisbane, Army Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, deputy chief of Joint Operations (left) and Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7 (right) begin the closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre on July 27, 2019. US Army Photo

No country, including the United States, is capable of going it alone, trying to meet the economic and military challenges of the Indo-Pacific region, said Australia’s defense minister. Read More

Esper: Pentagon Evaluating How To Expand Indo-Pacific Presence

Esper: Pentagon Evaluating How To Expand Indo-Pacific Presence

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and wife, Leah Esper, arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 2, 2019. DoD photo.

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Pentagon is evaluating how to expand its Indo-Pacific region presence, including freedom of navigation operations and adding new bases, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Tuesday morning.

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U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein speaks to Airmen during an all call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 14, 2019. US Air Force Photo

MANILA — The U.S. Air Force and the Navy will continue a combination of air and sea patrols in the Indo-Pacific region in an effort to keep the waters and skies open to overflight and international navigation, the head of the U.S. Air Force said in the Philippines, his first stopover during a visit to the air forces in the region. Read More

U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

U.S.-Australia Relationship Looks Stable Following Recent Surprise Election Results

Service members render honors during a ceremony at the Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery on July 7, 2015. Service members from the U.S., Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Japan and civilians from non-governmental organizations assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) visited the cemetery to lay wreaths and pay respects to those fallen during the World War II battles and other conflicts in the region. US Navy photo.

Political volatility in Australia does not appear to threaten the country’s military and economic relationship with the United States, a panel agreed, partly because of concerns about Chinese economic and military ambitions in Oceania and Asia. Read More