Are the Japanese Navy Ships Going on a Tour?

As regular as it may sound, one is bound to note that there’s a rapid acceleration of political processes that can be observed in the world today in general and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. It seems that only yesterday NEO was reporting on the chances of a possible aggravation between the leading regional … Continue reading Are the Japanese Navy Ships Going on a Tour?

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South Korean navy's war supply ship Cheonji (R) refuels KDX-II destroyer Choi Young © South Korean Navy / Reuters

US Carrier to Arrive for Joint Drills with South Korea as Pyongyang Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes

A US Navy aircraft carrier group is expected to arrive in South Korea on Wednesday to take part in joint annual drills, the US military announced. It comes after the North warned of “merciless” attacks if its sovereignty is violated during the exercises. The strike group will arrive at the port city of Busan on … Continue reading US Carrier to Arrive for Joint Drills with South Korea as Pyongyang Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes

Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again)

Rebuilding a Last-Century Military to Fight Last-Century Wars If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that aired from October … Continue reading Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again)

Pakistani Naval Fleet Docks at Southern Iranian Port

Two Pakistani warships berthed at Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday for an official visit. The Pakistani mission comprising Navy ships Tippu Sultan and PNS Jurrat was officially received by the Iranian Navy’s officers in Bandar Abbas on Sunday. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony for the Pakistani fleet, Commander of Iran’s First … Continue reading Pakistani Naval Fleet Docks at Southern Iranian Port

China Expands Its Strategic Airlift Capability, Prepares to Expand Its Sphere of Influence

Although combat aircraft such as the J-31 stealth fighter and J-15 aircraft carrier strike aircraft have made most of the headlines, China has made significant accomplishments in the realm of military transport, long range maritime patrol and carrier borne AEW&C aircraft over the past year. First operational in 2016, the Y-20 military transport is now … Continue reading China Expands Its Strategic Airlift Capability, Prepares to Expand Its Sphere of Influence

US Navy’s Own Report Indicates Washington is Looking for a Pacific Fight

The Pacific Ocean is large. Since World War II, weapon systems operating in this theater have required special provisions regarding extensive range, long duration performance and relative self-sufficiency during operations. From America’s Gato-class submarines and PBY Catalina flying boats used to fight the Japanese and reassert American hegemony across Asia-Pacific during WWII, to America’s continued … Continue reading US Navy’s Own Report Indicates Washington is Looking for a Pacific Fight

Arms Race 2.0? US, China Ramp Up Fleets, Blame Each Other

Since US President Donald Trump took office in January, both China and the US have kicked off a massive naval buildup, and both cite fears of the other’s increasing maritime military power as the reason. Are we to see another arms race between the rival powers? According to media reports, China is about to secure a massive … Continue reading Arms Race 2.0? US, China Ramp Up Fleets, Blame Each Other

US Navy: Saudi Frigate was Attacked by Unmanned Bomb Boat, Likely Iranian

The bomb-laden craft that attacked a Saudi frigate last month was unmanned and likely Iranian, the U.S. Navy has determined. Previously described as a Houthi suicide boat, the U.S. Navy has now determined the craft was unmanned and guided into the Royal Saudi Navy Al Madinah (702) remotely on Jan. 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2KObg4gAC4 “Our assessment is that … Continue reading US Navy: Saudi Frigate was Attacked by Unmanned Bomb Boat, Likely Iranian

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) © U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher / navy.mil

US Aircraft Carrier Group Deployed for ‘Routine Patrols’ in South China Sea

Ignoring repeated warnings from Beijing not to aggravate tensions in Southeast Asia, the US Navy has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group for “routine” maritime patrols in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea waters. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, together with aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and the … Continue reading US Aircraft Carrier Group Deployed for ‘Routine Patrols’ in South China Sea