HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 arriving back in Portsmouth July 2, 2020 after a period at sea conducting Operational Sea Training. UK Royal Navy Photo
This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020.
China, Russia and the U.S. all announced sweeping expansions of their naval capacity in 2020 as the three largest world fleets vie for high seas influence in a declared era of great power competition. The new tone for naval forces is helping U.S. allies achieve more lethal navies and expanded capabilities. Read More
Army Gen. Robert Abrams, commander in 2016. US Army Photo
Senate Armed Services Committee members expressed concerns over the Trump administration’s position on military exercises and U.S. troop presence South Korea in exchange for vague promises from Pyongyang about denuclearization during a confirmation hearing for the top U.S. military officer in Korea. Read More
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Chinese Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Gen. Xu Qiliang at the People’s Liberation Army’s Bayi building in Beijing on June 28, 2018. DoD photo
This ocean is big enough for the both of us, China’s leaders told Secretary of Defense James Mattis during his week-long swing through the Pacific spent finding common ground in some cases with Beijing or politely agreeing to disagree in others.
Donald Trump in 2015.
President-elect Donald Trump’s telephone conversation Friday with the president of Taiwan shows just how much the equation of the United States’ relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific could be changing. Read More
The following is Vice President Joe Biden speaking on July 14, 2016 with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam in Hawaii. Read More
Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti. CSPAN Photo
The nominee to command American and NATO forces in Europe says Russia needs to receive a “strong, clear and consistent” message about what could happen if its aircraft cross the line in endangering U.S. ships and airplanes when lawfully operating. Read More
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says goodbye to Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander, U.S. Forces Korea, after attending the Security Consultative Meeting Nov. 2, 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. U.S. Army photo.
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti was nominated by the president to serve as the next Commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander at NATO. Read More
USS Lassen (DDG-82) departs Yokosuka for the final time as part of the forward-deployed naval forces on Jan. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo
The guided missile destroyer that made international headlines in late October left for its final patrol as a forward deployed ship in U.S. 7th fleet on Wednesday, according to the Navy. Read More
An undated picture of a Tupelov Tu-142 Bear F/J maritime surveillance aircraft. Two similar aircraft came within a mile of carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
Two Russian surveillance aircraft came within one nautical mile of the U.S. forward deployed carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) prompting the carrier to scramble armed fighters, Navy officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
Recent and ongoing tensions in the Western Pacific, such as the verbal confrontation between a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Chinese Navy ground station in the Spratly islands on May 20, will not be solved by the actions of one power. Read More