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USS Curtis Wilbur Conducts Trilateral Replenishment-at-sea with Japan and France

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Towada-class replenishment ship JS Hamana (AOE-424) and the French Floréal-class light frigate FNS Prairial to conduct a tri-lateral replenishment-at-sea (RAS), Feb. 19. The RAS allowed French, Japanese and United States Sailors to complete an underway evolution highlighting the capabilities

By |2021-02-20T15:56:11+03:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

USS Rafael Peralta Arrives in Japan

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) arrived Feb. 4, to its new forward deployed location in Yokosuka, Japan. The forward presence of Rafael Peralta enhances the national security of the United States and allies and partners, and improves its ability to protect strategic interests. It will directly support the Defense Strategic

UK Applies to Join Huge Pacific Free Trade Area CPTPP

The UK is formally applying to join one of the world’s largest free-trade areas, deepening trade ties with some of the fastest-growing markets in the world International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to ministers in Japan and New Zealand on Monday morning (1 February 2021) to request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific

Multinational exercise Sea Dragon concludes in Guam

The U.S. Navy and partners from Australia, Canada, India and Japan successfully completed operations for the multilateral exercise Sea Dragon 2021 in Guam, Jan. 27. For two weeks, over 190 personnel from the five nations conducted over 250 hours of ground and classroom training, culminating in high-level exercises to track a real-world U.S. Navy submarine.

Japan and the United States Confirm the Application of Article 5 of Japan-US Security to the Senkaku Islands

Following the inauguration of the US Biden administration, Shigeru Kitamura, director of the National Security Bureau, held the first telephone talks with US National Security Adviser Sullivan on the night of the 21st. Along with the importance of the Japan-US alliance, the new Biden administration has reaffirmed that Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty,

Japan Complaints China to United Nations Over Its Activities in the South China Sea

The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations presents its compliments to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and, with regard to the Note Verbale No. CML63/2020, has the honour to state Japan’s position asfollows. Japan, as a State Partv to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), rejects China’s

By |2021-01-20T16:05:01+03:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Pacific, South China Sea|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

USS Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) Completed an Oceania Transit

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) completed an Oceania transit and presence operation Jan. 18, interacting with partners and upholding commitments with the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Papua New Guinea. Russell conducted a brief stop for fuel in Majuro, RMI, Jan. 7. After successfully completing

By |2021-01-19T06:38:09+03:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Pacific|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |111 Comments

Russian, Chinese Strategic Bombers Carry Out Joint Air Patrol in Asia-Pacific Region

As Russia’s Defense Ministry pointed out, "the measure was conducted as part of implementing the provisions of the 2020 military cooperation plan and is not aimed against third countries" According to a News on Russian News Agency TASS; Two Russian Tu-95MS and four Chinese H-6K strategic bombers carried out the second joint air patrol over

USS John S. McCain Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in the South China Sea

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. All interactions with foreign

French Submarine Deployment to Western Pacific Presents Rare Training Opportunity for Guam-Based Boat

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) had the rare opportunity to train with the French crew this month, conducting a series of at-sea submarine exercises with the Rubis-class nuclear-powered submarine (SSN) FS Émeraude. Émeraude and the Loire-class support and assistance vessel (BSAM type) FS Seine are on a scheduled deployment to the

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