Australian navy says it’s undaunted by China shadowing warships in South China Sea

The Chinese navy’s “unusual behaviour” in shadowing Australian warships in the South China Sea had not deterred operations in the contested waters, Australia’s navy chief said. Vice Admiral Mark Hammond said the “odd” Chinese tactics had not escalated in recent years, which left him “reasonably comfortable” that Australian crews were safe. Hammond was speaking to reporters ahead of a multination naval drill Exercise Kakadu starting from the northern Australian port of Darwin on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. (Associated Press) Post Views: 60 Source link

china: China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach in South China Sea

A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people. All are ostensibly civilian ships, but experts and uneasy regional governments say they are part of a Chinese civil-military fusion strategy, little concealed by Beijing, that enhances its maritime capabilities. China’s navy is already the world’s largest by ship count, and has…

Chief of Navy details Beijing’s ‘unusual’ South China Sea behaviour as Australia prepares for more spy ships off Darwin coast

Australian warships are being “routinely” shadowed by Chinese military vessels in contested South China Sea waters, in behaviour the new Chief of Navy describes as “unusual”. Key points: Australia’s Chief of Navy says Chinese military vessels are regularly shadowing Australian warships But Vice Admiral Mark Hammond says interactions with the People’s Liberation Army remain professional He also played down warnings America’s shipyards might not be able to accommodate building Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines In a wideranging interview, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond insisted the interactions with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) remained…

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

BANGKOK — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people. All are ostensibly civilian ships, but experts and uneasy regional governments say they are part of a Chinese civil-military fusion strategy, little concealed by Beijing, that enhances its maritime capabilities. China’s navy is already the world’s largest by ship count,…

Long-Idled Philippine Navy Frigate Returns to Service

The Gregorio Del Pilar (USN file image) Published Sep 23, 2022 8:24 PM by The Maritime Executive A Philippine Navy (PN) frigate that grounded four years ago on a disputed shoal in the South China Sea is back in service after extensive repair works. The PN announced that its offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio Del Pilar has been restored to operation after undergoing an extensive overhaul. The frigate went aground on a disputed shoal in the South China Sea on August 29, 2018 and has been…

USS Higgins (DDG 76) Conducts Operations with Royal Canadian Navy in South China Sea > U.S. Pacific Fleet > News

Vancouver and Higgins conducted bilateral surface action group operations demonstrating interoperability in the execution of joint exercises in the South China Sea and highlighted the U.S. Navy’s support to Canada’s Indo-Pacific deployment and their presence and role in the Western Pacific. “Working with USS Higgins in the South China Sea has been an incredible opportunity for HMCS Vancouver,” said Cmdr. Kevin Whiteside, HMCS Vancouver commanding officer. “The two teams seamlessly integrated, conducting a variety of training exercises together. As part of our deployment on Operation PROJECTION, Team Vancouver has been…

USS Higgins Conducts Operations with Royal Canadian Navy in South China Sea 

The Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331) cruises behind U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) while conducting integrated operations in the South China Sea, Sept. 19. U.S. NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Donavan K. Patubo SOUTH CHINA SEA — Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331) concluded exercises in the South China Sea with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) Sept. 18, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15 Public Affairs announced Sept. 21.  Vancouver…

USS Momsen returns to homeport > United States Navy > News-Stories

Momsen departed Everett Feb. 7 to support maritime security and enhance regional stability in the Indo-Pacific. Momsen conducted independent operations in and around the South China Sea, participating in cooperative deployments strengthening relationships with partnering allies. These efforts included a bi-lateral exercises focused on increasing interoperability with the Indian Navy’s guided-missile frigate INS Trishul (F 43). Momsen made a historic port visit to Goa, India, April 23. The scheduled port call included a ship visit and tour by Indian Navy officials as part of continued efforts to establish partnerships and…

How Navy Decoy Drones Could Thwart China’s War Strategy in the Pacific

Gary Anderson lectures on Wargaming and Red Teaming at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Military.com. If you would like to submit your own commentary, please send your article to opinions@military.com for consideration. Two seemingly disparate events regarding Iran and the Russia-Ukraine war may give us some ideas regarding the future of naval warfare, and could point the way for U.S. conduct in a conflict in the South China…

China’s Military is Practicing Attacks on U.S. Navy Vessels

File image courtesy PLA Navy Published Sep 1, 2022 10:35 PM by The Maritime Executive China’s military is conducting drills for attacks on U.S. Navy vessels as part of its war plans for an invasion of Taiwan, according to a briefing produced by Taiwan’s defense ministry and first reported by Reuters.  According to the report, China’s war plans are focused on neutralizing U.S. Navy vessels entering the first island chain – the ring formed by Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, enclosing the South China Sea and East…