Chinese ship near Panatag, DND to verify—Lorenzana

The government is verifying reports of the alleged presence of a Chinese research ship spotted near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. In a statement, Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense will act after maritime patrols in the area are done. “Rest assured that the AFP, through the Northern Luzon Command, undertakes regular domain awareness operations and provides all the necessary support to the Philippine Coast Guard and other agencies to secure and implement our laws in our territorial waters and…

U.S. ship sails in South China Sea by China-claimed islands

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of uninhabited island of Spratlys in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy warship sailed by islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a freedom of navigation operation, marking the latest move by Washington to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the contested waters. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said destroyer USS Russell “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.” China claims sovereignty over the entire…

China sends second ship to trial amid rising tensions in South China Sea

China’s navy has started trials on its second trademark warship as tensions between the Communist nation and the US continue to rise in the fiercely contested South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army has ordered a total of eight Type 075 assault ships, which are capable of carrying 30 attack helicopters and 900 troops, according to a Newsweek report. On Tuesday, a second Type 075 was seen departing the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, just four months after the maiden voyage of the first vessel. State-owned media have bragged about…

Chinese Long-Range Ballistic Missiles Struck Moving Ship In South China Sea: Report

At least some of the ballistic missiles that China’s People’s Liberation Army fired into the South China Sea during an exercise earlier this year, which you can read about more in the War Zone‘s initial story on those drills, reportedly hit a moving target ship. If true, this would be the country’s first known demonstration of an actual long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability, which could significantly change the operational calculus for any potential opponent, including the United States, in the disputed maritime region and elsewhere in the Pacific. The South…

China launches terrifying new assault ship near Taiwan as US warned it ‘WILL get burnt’ | World | News

The eastern superpower’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was pictured at a base of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Sanya, the south’s Hainan province, near Taiwan. Local media reports claim the ship was built in Shanghai but left in October. It comes as China’s defence ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian said the US arms deal with Taiwan could “seriously endanger” China’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity and “seriously undermine” peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Type 075 is a 32,000-ton vessel which would be China’s most…

Type 075 amphibious assault ship spotted on doorstep of South China Sea, near Taiwan island: report

China held a launch ceremony for its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship in Shanghai on September 25, 2019. Photo: 81.cn The Chinese mainland’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was recently spotted on the doorstep of the South China Sea, close to the island of Taiwan, Taiwan media reported, leading Chinese mainland military experts to say that the vessel could be conducting another sea trial session in the more challenging sea region of the South China Sea. Recent photos circulating on the Chinese mainland’s social media show a Type…

South China Sea DISASTER as Malaysia support ship collides with oil rig | World | News

The Malaysian ship Dayang Topaz was reported to have crashed into the beramB oil platform after its anchor cable broke in the early hours of Tuesday. Initial reports claimed the ship had sank 7.7 nautical miles off the coast of Kuala Baram. It comes after China has been revealed to have sent fishing boats to disputed waters in secret, and after Beijing lashed out at Malaysia for capturing Chinese fishermen who crossed into their waters. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief Mohamad Zubil Mat Som issued a statement detailing how…

Chinese Survey Ship Spotted Off Coast of Central Vietnam

China has sent a survey ship with a Coast Guard escort into Vietnamese waters of the South China Sea, ship tracking data show. Vietnam has yet to react publicly to the deployment, but it comes at a diplomatically sensitive time. The new prime minister of Japan is set to visit Vietnam next week, and the Nikkei newspaper reported Wednesday that Japan is planning to sell defense equipment to Vietnam – a move that is likely to be opposed by China, which views Japan as a strategic rival. The Shiyan-1 survey…

Vietnamese cargo ship flooding, limping along coastline, South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 288 Cargo ship CONG THANH 27 with 12 crew on board reportedly flooding in South China sea off Vietnam coast north of Danang, moving along coastline at a slow speed. Understood water ingress started early in the morning Oct 7, while the ship was en route from Hai Phong to Hai Tho, southern Vietnam. The ship reduced speed and headed for coast. As of 1600 UTC, latest available AIS position was dated 0900 UTC Oct 7.Cargo ship CONG THANH 27, MMSI 574014192, length 79 meters, flag Vietnam. Source…