China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

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Chinese forces followed and warned away a US warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s military said on Thursday, January but the U.S. Navy denied the ship had been warned off. The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS Benfold “illegally” sailed into… Continue reading China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

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A US warship again sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, part of what the US military calls routine activity but which always riles China whose government believes Washington is trying to stir regional tensions. The US Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” through international waters… Continue reading US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

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China’s military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other US warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on Sunday. These mockups reflect China’s efforts to build up anti-carrier capabilities, specifically against the US Navy, as tensions remain high with Washington… Continue reading China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

US nuclear sub struck uncharted seamount in West Philippine Sea

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A US Navy nuclear submarine that was severely damaged in an accident while submerged in the West Philippine Sea last month struck an uncharted underwater seamount, the US Navy said Monday. The US 7th Fleet, which operates in the western Pacific, said an investigation had concluded that the USS Connecticut smashed into a geological formation… Continue reading US nuclear sub struck uncharted seamount in West Philippine Sea

US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

The US Navy and Army tested hypersonic weapon component prototypes on Wednesday that will inform development of new weapons, the Pentagon said, calling the three tests successful. The tests occurred the same day that US President Joe Biden said he was concerned about Chinese hypersonic weapons. Sandia National Laboratories ran the tests from NASA’s Wallops… Continue reading US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

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A US nuclear submarine was damaged after hitting an unidentified object while operating underwater in Asia, the US Navy said Thursday. The USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, “struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of October 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the navy said in a statement. It… Continue reading US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

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Anti-stealth radars are being used by China to detect F-35C aircraft currently stationed on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the West Philippine Sea. On Wednesday, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military specialist, told the Global Times that “China has already developed a number of anti-stealth radar systems, so the F-35C can be detected. China… Continue reading China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

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A US warship and a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, August 27, the latest in what Washington calls routine operations through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, which claims the self-ruled island. The passage comes amid a spike in military tensions in the past two years between… Continue reading US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

Naval Forces West successfully participated in SEACAT 2021

The Philippine Navy, through Naval Forces West, has successfully concluded its participation in the Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) 2021. Several PN vessels and aircraft took part in the training exercise, including the patrol craft BRP Nestor Reinoso, the AW 109 helicopter, Islander aircraft, and the new frigate BRP Antonio Luna. The PN’s exercise… Continue reading Naval Forces West successfully participated in SEACAT 2021

US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

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The US military warned on December 17 that its warships will be “more assertive” in response to international law infractions, citing Beijing’s expansionist goals in the West Philippine Sea as an example. In a document setting objectives for the US Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard for the coming years, the Pentagon stressed that numerous countries, notably… Continue reading US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific