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Japan believes the Merchant Ship that Collided with the Submarine Soryu is to be the Hong Kong Registered Cargo Ship

The Maritime Self-Defense Force's submarine "Soryu" collided with a private commercial ship off the coast of Ashizurimisaki, Kochi Prefecture. The antenna was damaged and communication with the outside was temporarily disabled, resulting in more than 3 hours before the accident could be reported. The JMSDF set up an accident investigation committee on the 8th to

By |2021-02-09T11:28:37+03:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: East China Sea|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducted Dual Carrier Operations with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group conducted dual-carrier operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea Feb. 9. The ships and aircraft of the two strike groups coordinated operations in a highly trafficked area to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments. As a part of dual-carrier operations,

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

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Enters South China Sea amid Taiwan Tensions

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea January 23 to conduct routine operations. The TRCSG is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations. “After sailing through these waters throughout

By |2021-01-24T11:47:18+03:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: South China Sea|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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

North Korea Displayed New Strategic Missiles at Military Parade in Pyongyang

A military parade took place grandly at the Kim Il Sung Square in the capital city Pyongyang to celebrate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on January 14. Amid the playing of the welcome music, the respected Kim Jong Un, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs

China Makes New Progress in Major Space Programs

At the beginning of 2021, China published a series of new developments in its major aerospace programs. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the various modules, spacecraft, and rockets of the engineering space station under China’s first space station developed by the CASC are under final assembly and testing as planned. The

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

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Shandong sails through Taiwan Strait for Training in South China Sea

The Chinese PLA Navy's aircraft carrier Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait and headed to the South China Sea for trans-regional maneuver training on December 20, according to Senior Captain Liu Wensheng, spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Navy. Since the aircraft carrier Shandong entered service last year, it has completed the training tasks including carrier-based

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