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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

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

U.S. HSC 25 Conducts Hoist Evolutions with French Partners in the Indo-Pacific

The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted hoist training with French Loire-class tender, and support vessel FS Seine (A 604) throughout the week. During the evolutions, helicopters from HSC-25 lowered rescue swimmers and their equipment down to the deck of Seine, following procedural guidelines to ensure both nations maintain proficiency

Japan and Germany’s Engagement in the Indo-Pacific

On December 15, 2020, Minister Kishi, together with German Federal Minister of Defence, Kramp-Karrenbauer, attended an hour-long virtual forum “Indo-Pacific: Japan and Germany's Engagement in the Region” organized by National Institute for Defense Studies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. This forum follows the other defense ministers’ forum held last month between Germany and other partner nations

Singapore and US Strengthen Cooperation and Coordination in Joint Maritime Exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the United States Navy (USN) have successfully conducted the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2020 Exercise from 9 to 14 December 2020. Exercise CARAT 2020 saw the participation of over 450 personnel from both countries and involved the RSN's Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endurance and the

By |2020-12-14T13:18:26+03:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Indo-Pacific Strategy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Australian Navy’s Most Advanced Ships Exercise Together for the First Time

HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane, and Sydney have exercised together for the first time, setting the standard for bluewater combat capability in our region. Navy’s most advanced ships, the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, also operated with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop air-sea integration. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain Ryan Gaskin, said the

By |2020-12-14T13:07:46+03:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Indo-Pacific Strategy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

China: China’s Policy Towards India hasn’t Changed Despite ‘Difficulties’ and ‘Challenges’

China has acknowledged that its ties with India are facing "difficulties and challenges" but at the same time asserted that Beijing's policy towards New Delhi hasn't changed despite the ongoing months-long border crisis. A top Indian general, meanwhile, noted on Friday that the border tensions have come at a time of growing "geostrategic competition in

New Zealand, U.S. Navies Operate Together in Eastern Pacific

The Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducted combined operations in the eastern Pacific, Dec. 8-9. Te Kaha is underway for the first time since her nearly three-year frigate system upgrade. “One of the last operational activities Te Kaha did before

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Turns Over Php1.4 in Military Equipment

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller met with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. on December 8. While in Manila, he announced the recent transfer of Php1.4 billion ($29.3 million) in defense articles, including sniper and anti-IED equipment, to senior Philippine military officials. The visit

Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun will travel to Seoul December 8-11.  He will meet with officials in the Republic of Korea to discuss the U.S.-ROK Alliance and our shared commitment to regional security, stability, and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific, and continued close coordination on North Korea.

By |2020-12-07T13:55:40+03:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: Indo-Pacific Strategy, Military Affairs, News, North Korea|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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