Taiwan adds new amphibious warfare ship to defence inventory | News

New addition to Taiwan’s navy is part of a initiative by President Tsai Ing-wen to foster defence self-sufficiency. Taiwan’s navy has taken delivery of a new, domestically made amphibious warfare ship that can be used to land troops and bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands, part of a push by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to achieve defence self-sufficiency. The 10,600-tonne (11,684 tons) Yu Shan, named after Taiwan’s tallest mountain, is the latest development in Tsai’s ambitious programme to modernise the independent island’s armed forces as pressure from China’s military mounts.…

Taiwan inducts new amphibious ship in push to bolster indigenous defence industry

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s navy took delivery on Friday of a new, domestically made amphibious warfare ship that can be used to land troops and bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands, part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s defence self-sufficiency push. The 10,600-tonne Yu Shan, named after Taiwan’s tallest mountain, is the latest development in Tsai’s ambitious programme to modernise the armed forces amid increased pressure from China, which claims the island as its own. Speaking at the delivery ceremony in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Tsai said…

In ship visit in Japan, VP Harris highlights ‘disturbing’ actions in South China Sea

Philstar.com September 29, 2022 | 2:33pm MANILA, Philippines — US Vice President Kamila Harris emphasized Washington’s role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region as she noted China’s moves that she said were “undermining key elements” of the international rules-based order. Harris noted current global threats to peace and security, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches, on top of the issues concerning China. “China has flexed its military and economic might to coerce and intimidate its neighbors and we have witnessed disturbing behavior…

Remarks by Vice President Harris Aboard the USS Howard Naval Ship

Yokosuka Naval BaseYokosuka, Japan 3:17 P.M. JST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Commander.  And thank you for the tour of this beautiful ship.  It is good to be with all of you this afternoon.  It is so good to be with you.  And to all of you, I say, “Thank you.”  Thank you, our forward-deployed naval forces.  And it is great to be here with you onboard the USS Howard. So I consider it a great privilege, a tremendous privilege as Vice President of the United States to visit with all…

China’s ‘Explorer 2’ research ship ends missions in South China Sea

China’s scientific research vessel Explorer 2, carrying the 4,500-meter manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep-sea Warrior), returned to Sanya in south China’s Hainan Province on Sunday, after completing its latest missions over the past 10 days. Since setting off from Sanya on September 16, the ship with 60 scientific research staff aboard has completed in-situ observation of the deep-sea geological features and sea trial tasks of domestic equipment in the South China Sea. With the 4,500-meter manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi, the team has completed in-situ observation of the areas surrounding the…

Is Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 exploring a new sea route from China to Africa ? | World News

The Chinese marine research, satellite and ballistic missile vessel, Yuan Wang 5, is currently mapping Indian ocean bed 2000 kilometers (1100 nautical miles) south of Sri Lanka giving rise to the possibility of Beijing exploring a new sea route to Africa’s eastern seaboard by bypassing contested Malacca, Sunda, and Lombok Straits. According to available information, the 11000-ton vessel is moving deep into the Indian Ocean and will proceed towards its homeport Shanghai via the Ombai-Wetar Straits near East Timor and north of Australia. The strategic ship has become a bone…

China’s spy ship suspected to be mapping new sea route to Africa for secret trips

Chinese spy ship Yuan Wang 5, is reported to be mapping the Indian Ocean bed 2000 kilometres south of Sri Lanka  with the possible objective of exploring a new sea route from China to Africa’s eastern seaboard bypassing the contested Malacca, Sunda, and Lombok Straits of Indonesia. With the area around these straits being closely  monitored by Indian Navy ships and Predator UAVs as they are in close proximity to Andamans and Nicobar Islands, naval experts believe that Yuan Wang 5 may be charting a new route to East Africa…

Search on for 2 missing passengers aboard stricken ro-ro ship – Manila Bulletin

Search and rescue (SAR) personnel were working round-the-clock to find two passengers who remained unaccounted for after a roll-on/roll-off passenger ship caught fire off an anchorage area in Batangas on Friday afternoon, August 26. (Courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard) Joint teams from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Special Operations Unit – Southern Tagalog inspected the stricken M/V Asia Philippines after it went ablaze while en route to dock at the Batangas City port at 5:59 p.m. – one nautical mile…

Chinese ship at Hambantota calls for New Delhi to look closely at its maritime strategy

What explains Sri Lanka’s U-turn on the docking of the Chinese ship Yuan Wang-5 at Hambantota? Days after it asked Beijing to defer the visit of its research ship to Hambantota port citing security considerations, Colombo reversed its decision, in apparent disregard of Indian concerns. New Delhi had protested the Chinese vessel’s visit, deeming it detrimental to India’s security. One explanation for Colombo’s change of heart is that the visiting Chinese ship is not classified as a warship, and therefore, does not warrant being barred entry in a Sri Lankan…

China’s “spy” ship in Lankan port is a security worry that requires India to work with Quad

The docking of Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, despite objections from India and the US, highlights Beijing’s growing maritime clout in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Yuan Wang 5 is strongly suspected to be a Chinese spy ship and is operated by PLA’s Strategic Support Force. Its visit to Sri Lanka was initially deferred after New Delhi conveyed its concerns to Colombo. But after high-level representations from Beijing, Colombo backtracked. Sri Lanka needs China’s support to restructure its massive external debt and qualify for…