Defense Minister Reynolds affirms Australia’s commitment to maritime security in South China Sea

Visiting Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Thursday her country’s commitment to upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, including in the volatile South China, during her first visit to the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, the Embassy of Australia in the Philippines said Reynolds conveyed this message to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during their face-to-face meeting to discuss respective COVID-19 responses and the shared commitment of Australia and the Philippines to regional security and stability.  During discussions, the top Australian defense also…

Philippines to deploy maritime militia in South China Sea

The Philippine Navy is hiring maritime militia forces to patrol and protect fishermen in the South China Sea from intruding Chinese forces. Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo told reporters on Tuesday that it is preparing to send over 200 militiamen to the disputed South China Sea. One company is to watch the islands occupied by the Philippines in the Spratly archipelago – also known as Nansha islands in Chinese – and another company to secure Scarborough Shoal – Huangyan island in Chinese. At a senate budget hearing on…

Vietnamese cargo ship flooding, limping along coastline, South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 288 Cargo ship CONG THANH 27 with 12 crew on board reportedly flooding in South China sea off Vietnam coast north of Danang, moving along coastline at a slow speed. Understood water ingress started early in the morning Oct 7, while the ship was en route from Hai Phong to Hai Tho, southern Vietnam. The ship reduced speed and headed for coast. As of 1600 UTC, latest available AIS position was dated 0900 UTC Oct 7.Cargo ship CONG THANH 27, MMSI 574014192, length 79 meters, flag Vietnam. Source…

America is a maritime nation, and we need to start acting like it

The United States has always been a maritime nation. It is the foundation of our economy and security. Strategists from Thucydides to Mahan reveal a timeless truth — that a prosperous and enduring maritime nation depends on an intertwined combination of robust commercial access, international relations and naval power. These elements of national power have only grown more essential in our globally connected, modern world. Since the end of World War II, American naval power has been the guarantor of free global commerce, the engine that drives the modern economy.…

UN law of the sea baseline for maritime rights, Vietnam and UK agree

The “Joint Statement on the Vietnam-U.K. Strategic Partnership: Development Orientation in the Next 10 Years” signed Wednesday in Hanoi reads: “We emphasize the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the basis for determining the scope of the seas, the sovereignty, jurisdiction and legitimate interests of the seas; and that UNCLOS is the comprehensive legal framework that all operations in seas and oceans must adhere to.” The statement came after a talk between Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh…

Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel on January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Southeast Asian countries are pushing back against the Chinese government’s aggression in the South China Sea. A recent example of this aggression…

How The CIA’s Adrift Maritime Branch Lost Four Men On A Doomed Spy Mission Against China

Stanek and Perich planned to dive on the island using commercial scuba gear that would be deniable in the event they were captured, whether by the Chinese or anyone else. There were to be no U.S. government fingerprints on any of their activities. Deployed from the small ship, the two divers would emplace a “pod” disguised as a rock and stuffed with classified technology just beneath the surface of the waves. It would then passively monitor electronic signals of Chinese naval ships. Once they returned to their ship, the crew…

3,800-ton crane of Chinese offshore construction vessel collapsed, South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 629 The boom of 3,800-ton crane of Chinese offshore construction crane vessel collapsed last week during wind farm installation works off Lufeng, Guangdong Province, South China sea, east of Hong Kong. No injures reported. Crane seems to sustain serious damages. boom crash was reportedly, caused by faulty hoisting brake. Vessel was deployed in Guangdong Shanwei Houhu offshore wind farm construction project, installing monopile at the moment of an accident.Crane vessel YUHANGQIZHONG58, MMSI 412365360, length 145 meters, lifting capacity 3,800 tons, working radius 165 meters, flag China, operator Huadian…

ASEAN-India virtual meeting reviews maritime cooperation, adopts 5-year plan to boost ties

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan representing India at the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum | V. Muraleedharan | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India and the 10-nation ASEAN on Saturday carried out a comprehensive review of their strategic partnership in a range of areas, including maritime cooperation, and adopted a new five-year plan of action to further boost overall ties. The two sides also exchanged views on important regional and international developments and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation to fight the COVID-19…