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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

-+*The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser into the waters near Yemen to conduct maritime security operations, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.