How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry

Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard. To some it …

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It’s Actually a Good Idea for Landlocked Ethiopia to Build a Navy

New President Abiy Ahmed was speaking with military leaders when he told them that “we should build our naval force capacity in the future”, which instantly attracted international attention because the country’s been landlocked since Eritrea’s 1993 secession. That now-independent country has always feared that Ethiopia still harbors designs to either forcibly reincorporate it or …

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The US Navy Reestablishes Its Second Fleet to Counter Russia

The US Navy is reestablishing its Second Fleet in order to control the North Atlantic. It will be operational by July 1 and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. This is another step to prepare for possible combat actions against Russia, which is viewed as a potential enemy. The Fleet was disbanded in 2011, as nothing challenged the US Navy …

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Xi Reviews China’s Biggest Naval Parade ‘in 600 Years’

More than 10,000 People’s Liberation Army airmen, marines and sailors boarded 48 naval vessels and 76 aircraft for a major show of force with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the South China Sea on Thursday. During his rallying cry for loyalty and devotion, the Communist Party leader was greeted by a resounding chorus of platitudes from soldiers in front of the …

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Russia Has a Deadly Plan to Defend the Black Sea

As the State Armament Program (SAP) 2011–2020 is coming to an end, Moscow has floated a new military program for the 2018–2027 period. Despite the sanctions, economic difficulties and the collapse of oil revenues, the Russian Navy has demonstrated that it can contribute to Russia’s international posture, as demonstrated during the Moscow’s Syrian campaign. Among …

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Numbers Matter: China’s Three ‘Navies’ Each Have the World’s Most Ships

As a friend’s five-year-old puts it, “China has three navies: the regular navy, the police navy and the sneaky navy.” Each of these three sea forces is the world’s largest of its type by number of ships—at least by some measures. China is truly a maritime power in its own right, and its sea forces’ …

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U.S. Navy Sends Destroyers to Black Sea to ‘Desensitize’ Russia

The Navy has deployed the guided-missile destroyer Carney to join the destroyer Ross in the Black Sea in a move that U.S. military officials told CNN is intended to “desensitize” Russia to the presence of American military assets in the strategically important region. The deployment of the Carney marks the first time in four years …

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China May Build Second Foreign Naval Base in Pakistan Amid Trump’s Row with Islamabad

China is reportedly planning to boost its military presence overseas with its second foreign naval base in Pakistan. The news comes amid a row between the US and Pakistan, with Washington freezing security funding for Islamabad. After setting up its first foreign naval facility in Djibouti in August of last year, right next to the …

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60 US Navy Admirals Snared in ‘Fat Leonard’ Corruption Scandal

The Justice Department’s probe into a corruption scandal revolving around an Asian defense contractor has expanded to include 60 admirals and hundreds of officers with the US Seventh Fleet, which is going through turmoil after deadly ship collisions. The Navy confirmed it has been reviewing the conduct of 440 active duty and retired personnel for …

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