Tag Archives: South China Sea

Military Takeover of Taiwan Is Top Concern for INDOPACOM Nominee Aquilino

Military Takeover of Taiwan Is Top Concern for INDOPACOM Nominee Aquilino

Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, speaks with 13 other heads of navies or their representatives from allied and partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific region during a virtual key leader engagement to discuss outlooks and perspectives in this COVID-19 environment on Sept. 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

A military takeover of Taiwan is the top concern in the Indo-Pacific, according to the admiral nominated to lead the region’s combatant command. Read More

Former State Official Says Pacific Nations Must See 'Consistent and Reliable' U.S. Presence to Counter China

Former State Official Says Pacific Nations Must See ‘Consistent and Reliable’ U.S. Presence to Counter China

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

While Washington acknowledges its allies and partners are willing to back a “free and open” Indo-Pacific policy, the keys to American success in confronting Chinese bullying is having smaller nations see a “consistent and reliable” presence from the U.S., according to a former senior diplomat. Read More

CO: USS Gabrielle Giffords Deployment Showcased LCS's Flexibility, Naval Strike Missile

CO: USS Gabrielle Giffords Deployment Showcased LCS’s Flexibility, Naval Strike Missile

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) sails alongside Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10). US Navy photo.

USS Gabrielle Giffords’ (LCS-10) recently completed 17-month deployment to the Pacific will refine how the Navy thinks about operating and maintaining the Littoral Combat Ship forward, the ship’s gold crew captain told USNI News.

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Destroyer USS Russell Performs South China Sea FONOP

Destroyer USS Russell Performs South China Sea FONOP

The guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) conducts routine underway operations. Russell is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. Navy Photo

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer performed a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on Wednesday, U.S. 7th Fleet announced. Read More

Admiral: No Abnormal Responses from China After Dual-Carrier Drills

Admiral: No Abnormal Responses from China After Dual-Carrier Drills

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) while conducting dual-carrier operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea Feb. 9, 2021. US Navy Photo

Two U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups that teamed-up for dual-carrier drills this week in the South China Sea did not see any abnormal responses from China. Read More

Destroyer USS John McCain Transits Taiwan Strait While Chinese Warships Watched

Destroyer USS John McCain Transits Taiwan Strait While Chinese Warships Watched

Seaman Frank Medina, from Dallas, Texas, scans the horizon while standing on the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in the Taiwan Strait on Feb. 4, 2021. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) transited the Taiwan Strait on Thursday with Chinese warships following the transit, USNI News has learned. Read More