Taiwanese Coast Guard orders Chinese fishing boats to leave Taiwan’s eastern territorial waters

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Two Chinese fishing boats were chased away by the Coast Guard Administration’s (CGA) eastern branch near Taiwan’s Orchid Island on Saturday (July 31). The CGA East detected two large Chinese fishing boats mooring 10 nautical miles (18.52 kilometers) from Orchid Island at 6 AM on Saturday, according to the Liberty Times. The Chinese boats were… Continue reading Taiwanese Coast Guard orders Chinese fishing boats to leave Taiwan’s eastern territorial waters

Vietnam obtains first indigenously made multi-purpose submarine rescue ship

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The Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) has received its first indigenously-built MSSARS 9316-class multi-purpose submarine rescue ship. A ceremony was held on July 30, 2021 at the state-owned Factory Z189 of the General Department of Defense Industry in Hai Phong, with the presence of the Chief of the VPN Rear Admiral Tran Tranh Nghiem, Deputy Director… Continue reading Vietnam obtains first indigenously made multi-purpose submarine rescue ship

Thailand receives approval from US for the supply of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

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The US State Department has given its clearance for the sale of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles and related equipment to the Thai government for an estimated cost of $83.5 million. The US State Department has notified the US Congress of a potential deal in which the Thai government has requested the sale of 300 FGM-148… Continue reading Thailand receives approval from US for the supply of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

Taiwan acquires 2nd Tuo Chiang-class catamaran missile corvette

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The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), commonly regarded as the Taiwanese Navy, has acquired its second Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette in a formal ceremony. The ROCN received the corvette Ta Chiang (619) during ceremonies held on July 27, 2021 at Lung Teh Shipbuilding’s facility in Suao, Yilan County, with Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng presiding.… Continue reading Taiwan acquires 2nd Tuo Chiang-class catamaran missile corvette

Singapore unveils new VELOCE 15 mini VTOL fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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The Singapore Army has unveiled its new VELOCE 15 (V15) mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), with hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability during a visit by Singapore’s Defence Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen at the Headquarters Sense and Strike unit at Mandai Hill Camp on June 28, 2021. The new UAV is the first… Continue reading Singapore unveils new VELOCE 15 mini VTOL fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sri Lanka to revive and upgrade its remaining Kfir fighter fleet

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The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a new contract worth US$50 million with Israeli defense company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the reviving and upgrade of its fleet of 5 Kfir multirole fighter aircraft. The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) has 5 or 6 Kfir C2/C7/TC2 fighter aircraft operated by the No.… Continue reading Sri Lanka to revive and upgrade its remaining Kfir fighter fleet

Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

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The second Hamilton-class high endurance cutter recevied by the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) from the US Government has arrived in its homeport in Vietnam. This was announced by the US Embassy in Hanoi, mentioning that the arrival of the ship, with hull number CBS 8021 happened “earlier this month”, with no specific time and date… Continue reading Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated on Wednesday that he does not envision any conflicts breaking out in the West Philippine Sea, despite increased exercises between the Philippines and the United States and its partners in the region. “There is a provision in the MDT (Mutual Defense Treaty) that an attack to… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

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Defense ministers from Japan and the United Kingdom announced Tuesday that the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group will visit Japanese ports in September for joint exercises, as the two countries strengthen military ties amid increased Chinese assertiveness in regional waters. The visit by the Royal Navy’s largest cruiser is part… Continue reading Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

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China’s assertions that it employed naval and air forces to evict a US warship from its territory this week are incorrect, according to US Navy officials. The destroyer John S. McCain was “expelled” from waters around the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, according to a senior colonel with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.… Continue reading China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says