South China Sea – Philippines seeks stronger U.S. commitment


by Manuel Mogato (Reuters) The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf

BY PARISA HAFEZI (Reuters) - Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region. Iranian ships fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker which it said damaged an Iranian oil platform, causing the vessel to flee, and seized a container ship in the Strait … [Read more...]

1.19 Billion Euros – France Refuses Naval Carrier Delivery To Russia

By Darya Korsunskaya and Alexandar Vasovic (Reuters), Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations said on Friday. French President Francois Holland has come under pressure from his Western allies not to deliver the Mistrals because … [Read more...]

Thai Navy Clamps Down On Migrants

A boat crammed with migrants was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and then held up by Malaysian vessels on Saturday, the latest round of "maritime ping-pong" by Asian states determined not to let asylum seekers come ashore. The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from … [Read more...]

South China Sea – Philippines Wants “Urgent Action”

The United States and China clashed over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea on Saturday, as China's foreign minister asserted its sovereignty to reclaim reefs saying its determination to protect its interests is "as hard as a rock". After a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite … [Read more...]

U.S. Rear Admiral Says Global Underwater Traffic Control Needed

By Isabel Reynolds (Bloomberg) -- The global undersea environment is increasingly crowded with the submarine equivalents of everything from jumbo jets to light aircraft, heightening the need for a control system to avoid mishaps, according to a senior U.S. naval officer. Rear Admiral William Merz, who heads U.S. submarine operations from the middle of the Pacific to the Suez … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Sends More Warships to Yemen

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Oman on April 13, 2015. U.S. Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser into the waters near Yemen, officials said on Monday, heightening the U.S. maritime security presence as concerns mount over Yemen's escalating conflict. The U.S. Navy sent the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort cruiser, USS Normandy, from the Gulf into the … [Read more...]