USS Barry cruises through Taiwan Strait after Beijing blasts McCain’s South China Sea transit – Pacific

USS Barry cruises through Taiwan Strait after Beijing blasts McCain’s South China Sea transit A Navy destroyer passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, nearly a week after the Chinese military challenged another U.S. destroyer’s presence in the nearby South China Sea. The USS Barry cruised through the strait in accordance with international law, according to a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet. It was the 12th such transit by a U.S. warship this year. The last was made Aug. 30 by another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Halsey. …

How the B-21 Raider Could Shift Power in the Pacific

The U.S. Navy is working to counter China in the Pacific, but it could be the Air Force’s B-21 Raider that really shakes things up. In recent years, the United States Navy has dramatically increased the frequency of Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) in the South China Sea. This increase in Pacific activity can be directly attributed to China’s aggressive behavior throughout the region in enforcing its illegal claims of sovereignty over the heavily trafficked portion of the ocean. Power competition in the South China Sea The South China Sea,…

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September – Pacific

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September China’s two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, recently completed military drills in the South China Sea, according to a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Thursday. It was the first time the Chinese navy has sent two carriers to sea at once, though the ships did not train together. The Shandong was commissioned in December; the Liaoning was commissioned in 2012. While at sea, the Liaoning completed “regular exercises” while the Shandong conducted sea trials,…

Rim of the Pacific and Its Discontents

China fired ballistic missiles into the South China Sea while the United States hosted a multinational naval exercise in August, as security tensions between the two countries persist. The U.S. Pacific Fleet hosted the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31 near the Hawaiian islands. Ten nations, 22 surface ships, one submarine and around 5,300 personnel participated in the exercise—the 27th RIMPAC since its inception in 1971. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Fleet had planned to host 30 nations for the…

West Pacific storm may set up next low in Bay on Sunday

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that a fresh low-pressure area, probably the last of the 2020 South-West monsoon season, may form over the North-East Bay of Bengal by Sunday as a remnant of tropical storm Noul over the South China Sea crosses in across Indochina. Noul was located on Wednesday some 500 km West-South-West of Manila, Philippines, which will track West-North-West to cross the archipelago and enter South China Sea to intensify into a minimal typhoon (cyclone) that purportedly charts a course towards the Vietnam coast for landfall. Fresh…

China continues aggression from IOR to Pacific Ocean; Quad to meet, discuss strategy to control rogue Chinese Navy

Within the Indo-Pacific region too, the perceptions of the Quad have varied. (Representational image) Even as US-led alliance and India are looking for ways to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific Region, Beijing is flexing its muscles all the way to South America. Closer home, the foreign ministers of India, US, Australia and Japan, the members of the Quad is expected to meet soon to chalk out plans to deal with the growing Chinese presence in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the experts, “The formation of Quad is a…

China’s Strongest Ally In The Asia Pacific Stalls Defence Deal, Cancels Massive Infra Project

China’s strongest ally in the South China Sea – Thailand, is quietly but firmly pushing back against Beijing. It has decided to not only postpone the procurement of two submarines from China but has also shelved the Chinese proposal for building a canal in the Bay of Bengal replacing it with its own project.  ‘Stop Me If You Can’; After S-400s, SU-57s, Turkey Could Explore Chinese, Russian Missiles? Following public outrage over the US$724 million purchase of two submarines from China, Thailand has now delayed the deal. Under a 2015…

Navy guided-missile destroyer challenges Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea – Pacific

Navy guided-missile destroyer challenges Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea A U.S. Navy destroyer passed near contested islands in the South China Sea again Thursday, the same day Defense Secretary Mark Esper emphasized the Pentagon’s intent to continue challenging Beijing’s territorial claims in the region. The USS Mustin steamed near the Paracel Islands, its second cruise in the area this year, to challenge “excessive maritime claims and reinforce laws of the sea in international waters,” according to a Navy statement. China has set up military airfields…

Esper’s jaunt to Hawaii, Palau and Guam may include meetup with Japanese defense minister – Pacific

Esper’s jaunt to Hawaii, Palau and Guam may include meetup with Japanese defense minister Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will fly out next week for Hawaii, Palau and Guam, where he’ll visit troops, meet with local leaders and attend events marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, his office announced Wednesday. The secretary’s exact itinerary is being withheld due to security concerns, Defense Department spokesman John Supple said in an email Thursday. However, Japanese press reports said Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono would…

Six B-1 and B-2 bombers conduct simultaneous missions over Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean – Pacific

Six B-1 and B-2 bombers conduct simultaneous missions over Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean Pacific Air Forces orchestrated simultaneous missions involving six bombers over a 24-hour period Tuesday, with some aircraft coordinating with the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group near Japan at one point. Two B-1 Lancer bombers departed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to the Sea of Japan, where they linked up with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Air Force said in a statement Wednesday. They were joined by another pair of B-1s…