U.S. Navy Warships Patrol Taiwan Strait

by Idrees Ali (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration … [Read more...]

U.S. Warns China Coast Guard

by Linly Lin (Bloomberg) The head of the U.S. Navy warned China that its coast guard and maritime militia will be treated in the same way as the nation’s navy in the South China Sea, the Financial Times reported, citing an interview. China is increasingly relying on non-naval ships to assert its claims in the region, blurring the line between its military and coast guard, … [Read more...]

VT Halter Marine Wins $745 Million Icebreaker Contract

Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy awarded VT Halter Marine Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, a contract for the Detail Design and Construction of the Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter (PSC).  The initial award is valued at $745.9 million and supports non-recurring engineering and detail design of the PSC class as well as procurement of long lead-time … [Read more...]

China To Reveal New Warships During Naval Parade This Week

by Ben Blanchard (Reuters) - China’s navy wants maritime “tranquillity and good order”, its chief said on Monday, ahead of a parade to mark its 70th anniversary at which the military is expected to display new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers. President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by … [Read more...]

ProPublica: How the Navy’s Top Commander Botched the Highest-Profile Investigation in Years

This article is part of a series originally published by ProPublica titled "The Navy's Disaster in the Pacific: Death and Neglect in 7th Fleet", exploring the collisions involving the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.   By T. Christian Miller and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica WASHINGTON — Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Pollio could not believe what she was hearing … [Read more...]