Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Be assertive close to home. But India should not shrink from distant waters, either. The commissioning ceremony on 10 March for the Indian Navy’s third Scorpene-class submarine “Karanj” Getty An interesting debate has emerged in the pages of The Interpreter involving maritime strategy. Arzan Tarapore wrote an article last month arguing that India should prioritise a sea denial strategy in the Indian Ocean aimed at “reinforcing defensive bulwarks “ that could dissuade China from “launching an attack, or, failing that, [be] thwarted from succeeding”. Two former admirals, James Goldrick and Sudarshan Y Shrikhande, subsequently offered a…

Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

WASHINGTON — Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past two years. According to U.S. Navy data, war ships maneuvered close to artificial islands claimed and developed by China 10 times in 2019 and another 10 times last year, at least double the annual number going back to 2014. And Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait 13 times in 2020, the highest number of transits in at…

Vietnam launches new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel for Vietnamese navy

According to information released to the Facebook account VietDefense on March 13, 2021, Vietnam has launched on March 12, 2021, a new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel at the Song Thu Corporation’s shipyard in Da Nang.Follow Navy Recognition on Google News at this link The launching of the new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel at the Song Thu Corporation’s shipyard in Da Nang. (Picture source Facebook VietDefense) Citing VietDefense, this is the 4th ship of it’s class in service with the Vietnam People’s Navy but the only one that was…

Warships sent to South China Sea as Beijing builds world’s largest navy

European nations are sending warships into the Pacific as suspicion grows over Beijing’s motives for building the world’s largest navy. At this week’s Two Sessions national assembly of the Chinese Communist Party, Chairman Xi Jinping reasserted his desire to built a world-beating fleet. “Our country’s current security situation is largely unstable and uncertain,” Xi told the assembled delegates. Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe added to the drumbeat, declaring China had “entered a high-risk phase”. Which may be a response to Europe suddenly reviving its interest in the Indo-Pacific. “European countries…

How Navy based in Pacific Northwest is helping contain China

CLOSE BREMERTON — The USS Nimitz training with another aircraft carrier in the waters of the disputed South China Sea. The Bangor-based USS Ohio helping Marine Expeditionary Forces learn to load quickly onto a submarine. The development of the first squadron of underwater drones at Keyport that could slip past the enemy’s gaze for a competitive edge. It’s always been true that the Navy’s fleet based in Western Washington performs critical missions across the planet. But as the Pentagon prepares for greater conflict at sea, the Navy vessels of the Pacific Northwest are currently showing they’ll play…

Navy maintains firepower in Western Pacific

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Just weeks into a Joe Biden presidency, the Pentagon has conducted dual aircraft carrier operations in the South China Sea for the first time since last summer and maintained an impressive array of forces meant to send an ongoing message to China. The Navy announced dual operations last week by the Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz carrier strike groups that “are intended to maintain U.S. readiness and combat-credible forces to reassure allies and partners and preserve peace in the region.” Biden and…

U.S. navy says two carrier groups conduct joint operations in South China Sea

Two U.S. carrier groups conducted joint operations in the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday, the first such exercise since July 2020 amid heightened tensions in the contested waters. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities”, the U.S. Navy said. The busy waterway is one of several flashpoints in testy Sino-U.S. relations, with the United States continuing to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims…

Aquino to fly to Palawan for Navy show of force

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III is set to fly to Palawan on Tuesday to witness a military show of force amid the country’s raging territorial dispute with Beijing, which is claiming around 80 percent of the South China Sea. The “capability demonstration” will be held by the Naval Forces West (NFW), described as the Philippine Navy’s “primary operational command securing the West Philippine Sea.” It will be part of the Navy’s 116th anniversary celebration, which will be held in the naval operating forces for the first time. It is meant…

How A Tiny Singapore Could Fluster The Most Powerful Navy In Asia, The Chinese PLAN?

China’s growing interests in the Indian Ocean Region are likely to be jeopardized as the US has called for the establishment of a new naval fleet at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.   China Looks To Create An Army Of Stealth Fighter Jets With New “Metamaterial” Element “We can’t just rely on the Seventh Fleet in Japan. We have to look to our other allies and partners like Singapore, like India, and actually put a numbered fleet where it would be extremely relevant if, God forbid, we were…