U.S. Coast Guard Concludes Training with Philippine Maritime Acgencies

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Tuesday following operations and exercises in the West Philippine Sea with the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Munro’s crew participated in bilateral operations, professional exchanges, search-and-rescue and communications exercises, small boat operations, multi-vessel maneuvering, and

US a Security Risk Maker in South China Sea: PLA Spokesperson

According to a written statement by Air Force Senior Colonel Tian Junli, spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold trespassed into China's territorial waters of the Xisha Islands on July 12 without Chinese government’s permission. As a response, the naval and air forces of the PLA Southern Theater

European Union and Japan hold Consultations on Security and Defence

On 15 April, the EU and Japan held consultations on security and defence by video conference. In particular, they discussed operational cooperation for maritime security, following joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Aden in October 2020 and in the Arabian Sea in February 2021, as well as a joint port call on Djibouti in

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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

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