China Reports Spike in Nearby US Military Aircraft Movement. What Happened? | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A reported spike in U.S. military flights over the seas near China reflects Washington’s drive to understand and deter Chinese expansion in contested waters, analysts say. U.S. military surveillance planes flew off China’s coast 60 times in September, more than in July or August, according to Chinese state-backed research organization South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s website. When contacted by VOA, U.S. Army Maj. Randy Ready, a spokesperson for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would say only that flight frequency near China has been consistent over time.…

South China Sea: The U.S. Navy Is Back (with an Aircraft Carrier)

The sailors and aviators serving in the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) returned to familiar waters last week when it entered the waters of the South China Sea for the third time during its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is operating with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).…

How China’s aircraft carriers compare to US Navy flattops

The centerpiece of China’s rapidly growing navy is its aircraft carriers, with two in service and another on the way. The carriers represent a new capability for China’s military, and Beijing has touted them in state media, but Chinese flattops are still not on the same level as the US’s carriers in either technology or experience. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Of all the new weapons in China’s modern, ever-growing military arsenal, few have gotten as much attention as its aircraft carriers. China has two carriers in service…

In a first, US military aircraft refuels at India’s Port Blair

NEW DELHI: In a first, a United States’ long-range maritime patrol aircraft refuelled at India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands last weekend displaying the military collaboration between the two countries amid New Delhi’s standoff with China along the border in eastern Ladakh. The “fully armed” P-8 Poseidon aircraft landed in Port Blair for logistics and refuelling support, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The development was first reported by the Times of India on Saturday. It is seen as significant given that Indian and US navies had taken…

India v China: US Navy sends submarine hunting aircraft to Indian islands | World | News

For the first time in 45 years, the two nations were involved in a bloody altercation in the contested Galwan Valley border in Ladakh in June. At least 20 Indian soldiers and 35 Chinese troops were killed. Since then, both sides have increased their military presence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Now, a long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft from the US Navy has landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, amid growing tensions. According to the US Navy, the aircraft landed at the…

Amid India-China Tensions, A US Navy P8 Submarine-Hunting Aircraft Landed At Andaman And Nicobar Islands Last Week. Here’s Why

Amid tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft of the US Navy, Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon, landed at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands last week. From a picture posted by Livefist, observers said, the aircraft appears to have landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. The US Navy aircraft, the defence blog says in a tweet, landed at the strategically located island chain in the Indian Ocean for refueling. Experts said the aircraft may have been refueled under the Logistics…

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September – Pacific

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September China’s two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, recently completed military drills in the South China Sea, according to a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Thursday. It was the first time the Chinese navy has sent two carriers to sea at once, though the ships did not train together. The Shandong was commissioned in December; the Liaoning was commissioned in 2012. While at sea, the Liaoning completed “regular exercises” while the Shandong conducted sea trials,…

Report: US plane disguised itself as Malaysian aircraft to spy on China’s military bases

PETALING JAYA: A US Air Force aircraft used a transponder code to electronically impersonate a Malaysian plane while spying on China’s military bases, the US-based Popular Mechanics has reported, quoting a Chinese think tank. The RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft flew off China’s Hainan island on Tuesday (Sept 8), coming within 90km miles of the Chinese mainland. The South China Sea Probing Initiative, a think tank operated by the Chinese government, shared a pair of screenshots that showed a RC-135W take off from Kadena Air Base, a US Air Force…

China’s two aircraft carriers in apparent simultaneous exercises for 1st time: reports

The picture shows aircraft carrier Shandong berths at a naval port in Sanya. China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned to the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019, making China one of the few countries in the world that have multiple carriers. Photo:China Military   After China’s second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, embarked on a training voyage in the Bohai Sea last week, the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was spotted leaving its…