There is a new Cold War in the Pacific, however much diplomats try to deny it

The new Australian submarine fleet is hardly going to thwart an invasion of Taiwan or the Spratly islands. But they do have a greater range and can remain submerged for greater periods of time than their diesel electric alternatives – making them perfectly suited to the reconnaissance and below-the-radar manouvering of Cold War style conflicts.   Whether Britain would really be willing to get dragged into a war with China is as ambiguous as ever.  But there has been no comparable build up of military tensions in the Western Pacific since American, British and Australian…

After South China Sea Incidents, US Needs ‘Sustained’ Pacific Presence, Lawmaker Says – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The destroyer Benfold (DDG-65) transits the Taiwan Strait on July 28 2021. (File) WASHINGTON: A recent contentious run-in between the US Navy and the Chinese military in the South China Sea was just the latest in a string of incidents that highlight a fundamental question for US operations in the contested waterways: How long can the status quo be maintained, and to what end? The answer, according to a US lawmaker and analysts who spoke to Breaking Defense, is for the Navy look beyond the status quo altogether to the…

Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo To counter threats from China, a top U.S. lawmaker Friday called on the U.S. Navy to develop a new maritime strategy that would rebalance how it deploys and strategically scattered persistent deterrent force in an arc throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Two decades of focus on the Middle East has strained U.S. naval forces and worn out its fleet of carriers, said U.S. Rep Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a retired Navy surface warfare officer and vice chair…

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…

Analysts expect US-India defense ties to deepen under Biden due to anxiety over China – Pacific

The forward thrust of U.S.-India defense cooperation under the Obama and Trump administrations will likely quicken after Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, despite expectations the Democrat will pay closer attention to the South Asian nation’s troubling human rights record, say defense experts from both nations. “My sense is we’re going to see the relationship deepened even more now,” said Shyam Tekwani, an India expert at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. “The real issue is how far does India want to go…

As tensions simmer, Pacific Air Forces leaders say troops must be ready for conflict with China – Pacific

As tensions simmer, Pacific Air Forces leaders say troops must be ready for conflict with China YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. troops must be ready for conflict with China as tensions between the two nations simmer, Pacific Air Forces’ leaders said Friday during a Facebook Live video call to airmen in Japan. Beijing, with its “maligned and coercive activity that’s frequently not in accordance with international law,” is the greatest challenge facing the region, PACAF commander Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach said on the call. “We’ve got to…

Chinese law would allow coast guard to fire on foreign vessels in its waters – Pacific

Chinese law would allow coast guard to fire on foreign vessels in its waters The China Coast Guard would be allowed to use weapons against foreign ships in its waters under a proposed revision to its maritime police law, according to a translated version of the document. China’s National People’s Congress last month drafted the revised law, which has yet to be enacted, according to a Wednesday report by the Chinese legislation blog NPC Observer. The coast guard would be authorized to use weapons “in the case…

Coast Guard homeporting cutters in Western Pacific to counter China’s illegal fishing – Pacific

Coast Guard homeporting cutters in Western Pacific to counter China’s illegal fishing YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Coast Guard is “strategically homeporting” its newest fast-response cutters in the Western Pacific to police illegal fishing in the region by China, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien announced Friday. The cutters “will conduct maritime security missions, such as fisheries patrols, enhance maritime domain awareness and enforcement efforts” with U.S. partners in the Western Pacific “who have limited offshore surveillance and enforcement capacity,” he said in a statement. “China’s illegal,…

South China Sea news: US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle Beijing | World | News

Over recent months, China has built several military bases on a number of the region’s atolls and declared dominance over the highly disputed region. But the US – despite having no claim on any part of archipelago – has hit back at the Communist nation. Now, in order to counter Beijing’s “destabilising and malign” activities in the region, Washington has deployed several Coast Guard vessels to the region. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement the US Coast Guard was “strategically home-porting significantly enhanced Fast Response…