Japan Pushes Aussies on South China Sea Patrol Submarines

Chinese coast guard vessel nears oil rig

by Michael Heath (Bloomberg) - Japan’s foreign and defense ministers reiterated concerns about China’s strengthening position in the South China Sea in meetings with Australia and pressed the case for Japanese companies to build new generation submarines Down Under. “China is increasing its activities,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told … [Read more...]

China Says Island Building Protects Distant Reefs

Subi Reef China Phillipines Dispute

By David Tweed (Bloomberg) - China refuted claims it is militarizing the disputed South China Sea, saying it needs to build facilities on artificial islands and reefs to protect them. “As the islands and reefs are far from China’s mainland it is necessary to maintain and build necessary military facilities,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said at a briefing in … [Read more...]

Japan May “Assist” US Navy In The South China Sea

Shinzo Abe and Barack Obama

By Isabel Reynolds (Bloomberg) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Barack Obama he’ll consider sending the country’s maritime forces to back up U.S. operations in the South China Sea.   The comments in a bilateral meeting Thursday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila came after the U.S. sparked an angry reaction … [Read more...]

US Navy To Make Another South China Sea “Visit” In 2015


By Andrea Shalal and David Brunnstrom (Reuters) The U.S. Navy will likely carry out another patrol within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea before the end of the year, a U.S. Navy official said on Friday. The USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, last month sailed close to one of China's man-made islands in the Spratly … [Read more...]

Littoral Combat Ships Transform Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine Shipyard

USS Freedom (LCS-1) shows off her camouflage scheme on sea trials in February 2013 prior her first deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy Photo

  By Andrea Shalal MARINETTE, Wis., Sept 6 (Reuters) - Big investments, lean manufacturing techniques borrowed from the automotive industry, and a more engaged workforce have revamped the Wisconsin shipyard where Italy's Fincantieri SpA builds the Freedom variant of the U.S. Navy's coastal warships for prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Fincantieri invested … [Read more...]

Did The Australian Navy Pay Off People-Smugglers?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

(Reuters)Australia would have stooped to a "new low" if reports that its navy paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn back their boat are true, an Indonesian government official said on Saturday. Australia has vowed to stop asylum-seekers reaching its shores, turning boats back to Indonesia when it can and sending asylum-seekers to camps in … [Read more...]

China Conducts Aircraft Carrier Drills

China's first aircraft carrier

(Reuters) China's sole aircraft carrier conducted exercises on Friday, the navy said without specifying its location, amid escalating disputes over maritime territory with some of China's Asian neighbors. The Liaoning conducted drills and tests in the "relevant sea" along with carrier-based fighter jets after setting sail from the coastal city of Qingdao, the navy … [Read more...]