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  • 1 June 2016

    Maps discovered at Yale University are posing a new challenge to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries the maps show that neither Spratly nor Paracel islands, both claimed by Vietnam, belonged to China, Vietnamese Tuoi Tree News reported on Sunday. According to the news site, Vietnamese historian Dr. […]

  • 13 July 2016

    Taiwan has sent a stealth frigate to patrol the Spratly Islands region in the South China Sea following the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in the maritime jurisdiction case brought against China by the Philippines. A Kangding-class frigate was sent to the region on July 13 with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attending the send-off, Taiwan Today reported. The South […]

  • 25 February 2016

    The U.S. Navy will sail, fly and operate wherever international law allows, Admiral Harry B. Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, said at an Armed Services House committee hearing yesterday, February 24. The U.S. Navy Admiral, in confirmation of U.S. fears, said that China was “clearly militarising” the region by setting up missile launchers on the disputed […]

  • 20 December 2016

    Pentagon’s press secretary confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army-Navy returned the U.S. Navy’s glider unmanned underwater vehicle near the location where it had been unlawfully seized on December 15. Chinese Navy vessel 510 returned returned the glider to USS Mustin (DDG 89) in international waters approximately 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay. The seized UUV was deployed […]

  • 19 May 2016

    Two Chinese warplanes have forced a U.S. Navy maritime patrol airplane to descend a couple hundred feet to avoid collision on Tuesday, May 17, the Pentagon said. The J-11 jets performed “unsafe” maneuvers to intercept a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying over the contested South China Sea. The incident is the latest in a series of […]

  • 28 June 2016

    Participating ships of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) reunited while on routine patrol increasing U.S. Navy presence in the South China Sea ahead of the international ruling on the South China Sea dispute. The ships met on June 27 after conducting nearly three months of theater security operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific. […]

  • 11 May 2016

    China has blasted this week’s sail-by a U.S. Navy warship in the South China Sea, deeming it provocative and illegal. To remind, the USS William P. Lawrence destroyer on Tuesday, May 10, performed a freedom of navigation operation near the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. Responding to the operation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters during […]

  • 23 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The US Navy destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, Reuters reported citing US officials. On March 23, 2018, the destroyer reportedly approached Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, a disputed area. The operation, called by the US Navy the freedom of navigation […]

  • 19 December 2016

    China will return an underwater drone it ‘stole’ from the USNS Bowditch, a civilian U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship which was operating in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Thursday. “Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States,” Pentagon […]

  • 19 September 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A Japanese Oyashio-class submarine joined a number of other JMSDF units for an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drill in the South China Sea last week. This is reportedly the first time that Japan’s defense ministry has confirmed the participation of a submarine in a drill in the disputed South China Sea region. According to the defense […]

  • 4 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    China’s maritime safety administration on Sunday said it would hold military drills in and around the disputed South China Sea territories. Beijing plans to carry out exercises from July 5 to 11 in an area that stretches from the east of China’s Hainan Island all the way to the Paracels. Chinese naval vessels will thereby prohibit all […]

  • 19 July 2016

    China will not halt construction activities on the Nansha islands, Chinese PLA Navy Commander Wu Shengli said Monday during a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Admiral John Richardson. “We will never stop our construction on the Nansha Islands halfway… the Nansha Islands are China’s inherent territory, and our necessary construction on the islands is reasonable, justified and […]

  • 4 November 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    As part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group deployment to North and South East Asia, HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius have rendezvoused with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire in South China Sea. Following port visits to Zhanjiang, China, by HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart and Da Nang, Vietnam, by HMAS Sirius, the ships […]

  • 2 May 2016

    U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis was recently barred from entering the Hong Kong port for a regular port call. Associated Press reported Gabrielle Price, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, saying that the Department was recently informed about Chinese officials denying a request for the visit of USS John C. Stennis and the ship’s carrier strike group […]

  • 14 March 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Japan is sending its 24,000-ton helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) on a three-month deployment to the South China Sea, Reuters said in a report on Monday. During its mission, the helicopter carrier will visit Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the annual Malabar naval exercise, Reuters said citing sources. “The aim is to test […]

  • 20 June 2016

    China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that Chinese fishing boats were harassed and shot at by several Indonesian navy vessels in the southwest of the South China Sea on June 17. According to the Indonesian Navy, the vessel was detained while seven Chinese fishermen on board were arrested. “While operating normally in China’s traditional fishing grounds in the […]

  • 10 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy said its amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) completed a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea on August 6. Another ship from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), completed a similar patrol August 4. The U.S Navy conducts lawful and […]

  • 1 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy said February 29 that its amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea on February 26 after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16. Other U.S. Navy destroyers made headlines in recent months by sailing in areas Chinese government officials claim […]

  • 22 June 2016

    USS Spruance, a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is currently patrolling the South China Sea as part of a Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. “Spruance is currently operating in the South China Sea in support of maritime security and stability of all nations, especially in the Indo-Asian-Pacific,” said Cmdr. Manuel […]

  • 7 September 2018

    Last month, Royal Navy amphibious assault ship HMS Albion sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China in a freedom of navigation operation. The ship passed close to the Paracel Islands, which are controlled by China but claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, on August 31. This was in line with international law and norms as […]

  • 21 March 2016

    A heavily armed Chinese patrol vessel on March 19 ordered a smaller Indonesian Navy vessel to free a Chinese fishing boat caught fishing illegally in the Natuna Sea, which is in the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone. While Indonesian authorities were forced to escort the fishing boat outside their waters, local media reported that eight crew […]

  • 31 July 2017

    Responding to the possibility of new UK aircraft carriers operating in the South China Sea, China’s foreign ministry said the deployment would only “stir up trouble”. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made these remarks after UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson hinted at the possibility of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth carriers being sent […]

  • 6 June 2018

    French and UK Royal Navy ships will be joining their US counterparts in challenging China’s territorial claims in disputed regions of the South China Sea, the two countries’ defense ministers have announced. The announcement was made at the Shangri La security dialogue in Singapore which was attended by French defense minister Florence Parly and the UK […]

  • 1 October 2018

    US Navy destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) challenged China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea with a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the vicinity of the disputed Spratly Islands. On Sunday, September 30, Decatur came within 12 miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in a region claimed by China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam. According […]

  • 30 October 2015

    US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and his Chinese counterpart, People’s Liberation Army (Navy) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli took part in a video teleconference to discuss ongoing engagements between the two navies and recent operations in the South China Sea. The talks held on Oct. 29 were in light of the US Navy’s USS Lassen […]

  • 11 August 2017

    The sail-by of a US Navy destroyer near one of China’s artificial islands built in the South China Sea “violated Chinese laws and international law and severely undermined China’s sovereignty and security”, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told media during a press conference on August 11. Spokesperson Geng Shuang was responding to questions related to […]

  • 15 July 2016

    U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson is scheduled to visit his PLA Navy counterpart Adm. Wu Shengli for the first time during his tenure, in the wake of the international South China Sea court case ruling. Richardson will be visiting Beijing and Qingdao from July 17 to 20 “to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between […]

  • 6 November 2015

    US Defense Secretary Ash Carter toured the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea yesterday and expressed concern about China’s activities in those waters. Carter said the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier’s presence is a “symbol and a sign of the critical role the United States’ military power plays in what is a very consequential region […]

  • 12 April 2017

    Filipino fishermen are once again allowed to fish in the contested waters off Scarborough Shoal under Chinese Coast Guard supervision, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed during a regular press conference on Monday. China has given Filipino fishermen access to the waters, based on the “friendliness between China and the Philippines,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. Another […]