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When the US destroyer John S. McCain sailed near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea two weeks ago, it was quickly met and tracked by ships and planes from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Nandong, said the McCain’s presence was “a military provocation” that “seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, and gravely jeopardized peace and stability in the South China Sea.” China claims the small archipelago as the Xisha Islands, as well as sovereignty over most of the South…

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).…

Xi stresses war preparedness during PLA Navy Marine Corps visit

President Xi Jinping on Tuesday inspects the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou, South China’s Guangdong Province. Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the Marine Corps is an elite combat force for amphibious operations, and it shoulders the important duties of safeguarding the country’s sovereignty security, territorial integrity, maritime interests, and overseas interests. Photo: Xinhua President Xi Jinping inspected the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou on Tuesday amid his ongoing…

U.S. Navy joins Japan’s Kaga, Ikazuchi for integrated operations

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th anniversary of the U.S. Navy’s establishment on Oct. 13th, 1775. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 245th birthday than by…

Japan Exercises with U.S. Navy in South China Sea after Port Call in Vietnam

Japan has joined the U.S. for an exercise in the South China Sea, after engaging in a bit of defense diplomacy with Indonesia and Vietnam that was not welcomed by the region’s other key power – China. Three ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, or JMSDF, joined the U.S. Navy for a series of drills in the contested waterway that started Monday and will continue through this week. “Even during the COVID-19 situation, the JMSDF continues to work with allied and partner navies, thus contributing to the regional peace…

Baron Geisler to train as navy reservist

Baron Geisler will be joining the Navy Reserves. The actor confirmed this himself sharing a series of photos of him at the 511th Naval Squadron Reserve base in Cebu City. “My day was such a blessing. Thank you, Abba Father for leading and guiding me to the right path. My Life is purposed to serve YOU and the people I meet on this journey. Thank you for protecting me and my family. I love You,” he wrote as caption.  On the comment section, someone asked if he’ll be undergoing training as reservist, to…

China protests latest US Navy mission in South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain as it passed near Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army accused the U.S. warship of trespassing into Chinese territorial waters on Friday near the Paracel Islands — called Xisha by China — during the latest freedom of navigation missions by the U.S. Navy aimed at defying China’s vast claims in the strategic waterway. Spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command Col. Zhang Nandong said Beijing demanded…

China news: Beijing’s navy poses dangerous threat to Britain as new sea route opens | World | News

The Chinese navy could approach the North Atlantic sea via the Arctic through a route which has been opened up by global heating. Admiral Tony Radakin, the First Sea Lord, warned that an “increasingly assertive” China can reach waters north of Britain by using the Northern Sea Route. Speaking from the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier in Portsmouth on Thursday, the navy chief warned that climate change is becoming increasingly concerning. He said: “Climate change is a concern for all of us, but it is opening up new maritime trade routes…

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…