Tag Archives: South China Sea

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

Chinese Foreign Ministry: U.S. South China Sea Movements Do ‘No Good’ for Region

Chinese Foreign Ministry: U.S. South China Sea Movements Do ‘No Good’ for Region

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) approaches the fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) during a replenishment-at-sea Jan. 22, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Chinese foreign ministry on Monday denounced the recent movement of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the South China Sea after Beijing sent military aircraft close to Taiwan.

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Chinese Navy Faces Overseas Basing Weakness, Report Says

Chinese Navy Faces Overseas Basing Weakness, Report Says

A Chinese warship is seen at the port of Dar es Salaam, capital of Tanzania, Aug. 16, 2017. Xinhua Photo

A major weakness “the largest navy in the world” has yet to solve is where Beijing will find skilled shipyard workers and modern facilities to maintain its fleet’s combat readiness far from its shores, the co-author of a major study examining Chinese vulnerabilities said Thursday. Read More

Continued U.S.-India Cooperation Under Biden Administration Remains An Open Question, Experts Say

Continued U.S.-India Cooperation Under Biden Administration Remains An Open Question, Experts Say

Australian, Indian and U.S. ships sail past each other as fixed-wing aircraft from the India and U.S. navies conduct a flyover during Malabar 2020 on Nov. 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

The question of whether the “accelerated rise” in military cooperation with India – from exercises like Malabar to sharing sensitive satellite targeting intelligence – will continue under the Biden administration remains open, two experts in Indian strategy said Wednesday. Read More

2 Japan-Based Destroyers Conduct Second Taiwan Strait Transit This Month

2 Japan-Based Destroyers Conduct Second Taiwan Strait Transit This Month

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducts routine underway operations on Dec. 30, 2020, in the Taiwan Strait in support of stability and security for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Sea control is foundational for all other naval missions that support the Joint Force, including power projection. US Navy photo.

Two Japan-based destroyers conducted a Taiwan Strait transit today, in the second such transit in three weeks and the fourth overall mission during that time to push back against excessive maritime claims in the Pacific. Read More

Chinese Navy Expanding Bases Near South China Sea

Chinese Navy Expanding Bases Near South China Sea

The lead Chinese Type-075 preparing for sea trials. Photo via Weibo

The Chinese Navy, formally known as the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy), conducted a live-fire exercise several days ago over the South China Sea utilizing a newly expanded naval base. Read More

USS John S. McCain Conducts Second FONOp This Week, This Time Off Vietnamese Islands

USS John S. McCain Conducts Second FONOp This Week, This Time Off Vietnamese Islands

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) transits through South China Sea while conducting routine underway operations on Dec. 22, 2020. McCain is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. US Navy photo.

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) conducted its second freedom of navigation operation this week, this time challenging excessive maritime claims by Vietnam. Read More

U.S. Maritime Strategy: Advantage at Sea

U.S. Maritime Strategy: Advantage at Sea

The following is the U.S. Sea Services’ new maritime strategy, Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power that was released by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard on Dec. 17, 2020. Read More