US Navy destroyer transits the Taiwan Strait

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait today, February 26, and turned on its Automated Ship Identification System (AIS) – a clear signal that the US military wanted everybody to be aware of the ship’s presence in the key waterway. Chinese think tank South China Sea Probing Initiative was first to announce the transit in a Tweet this morning, noting that the “USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) is transiting the #TaiwanStrait, with an[sic] USN EP-3E providing ISR support from

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Regional defense news: US sub re-homed to West Pacific, missile launch site development near Taiwan

In moves resembling a game of geostrategic chess, the US has forward-deployed a nuclear submarine to “the tip of the spear” in Guam, Japan’s development of a missile launch site on Ishigaki Island, near Taiwan, is advancing, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier has sailed through the Miyaki Strait into the West Pacific, and a German naval vessel is in the South China Sea for the first time in 20 years. USS Jefferson City forward-deployed to new home base Guam The Los

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Newest US Navy strategic guidance aims at deterring China from invading Taiwan

US Navy secretary Carlos Del Toro provided a preview of his new strategic guidance earlier this week and revealed that one aim is to deter China from invading Taiwan, reported Defense News. Del Toro previewed the new strategic guidance during a lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Tuesday night, October 5. “The desired goal, quite frankly, is not to fight China. No one wants to enter into a conflict. … It’s our ultimate responsibility to deter them from what they’re

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US Navy, Coast Guard cross-transit Taiwan Strait

A US Navy warship, and a US Coast Guard vessel transited the Taiwan Strait simultaneously, but in opposite directions yesterday, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed today, August 28. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) and legend-class U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) conducted routine Taiwan Strait transits Aug. 27 (local time) through international waters in accordance with international law, US Naval Institute reported. The US Navy ship’s transit marked the eighth passage by

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An intense day of Chinese-US military maneuvers around Taiwan

US and Chinese military activity around Taiwan intensified April 7, with a US aircraft carrier group exercising in the South China Sea, a Chinese aircraft carrier group operating in waters east of Taiwan, a US destroyer transiting the Taiwan Strait, and Taiwan fighters scrambled against 15 Chinese aircraft entering Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, accompanied by a type 055 destroyer, two type 052 destroyers, a type 054 frigate, and a supply ship sailed though

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Two US Aircraft Carrier Strike groups operating in the South China Sea

Two US carrier strike groups are conducting joint operations in the South China Sea today, Tuesday, February 9, the US Navy announced. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group are conducting “coordinated operations in a highly trafficked area to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s ability to operate in challenging environments,”  USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs reported. “Training with Carrier Strike Group 11 in the South China Sea is a tremendously valuable opportunity,” said Rear Adm. Doug

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US Navy destroyer transits Taiwan Strait, and another, more advanced ship of the same class added to western Pacific fleet

The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain made a transit of the Taiwan Strait, drawing angry remarks from the People’s Republic of China, and another newer, more advanced ship of the same class was added to the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, yesterday, Thursday, February 4. The transit of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) marked the first passage through the Taiwan Strait by a US Navy vessel since President Joe Biden assumed office, January

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US Aircraft Carrier group entered the South China Sea same day as Chinese military sent 13 aircraft into Taiwan ADIZ

The US Navy announced today that the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea yesterday, the same day that Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that jets had been scrambled in response to incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) by 13 Chinese military planes. US Indo-Pacific Command said today, Sunday, January 24, that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea, January 23, to conduct “routine operations.” “The TRCSG is on a

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US guided-missile submarine, F-35B stealth fighters currently deployed in Western Pacific

The Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived in Guam January 4, to conduct surveillance, training, and other critical missions in the US 7th Fleet area of operations, according to information published by the US Navy’s Submarine Force Pacific, yesterday, January 11. The US military rarely discloses the location or movements of its nuclear submarine fleet, and the information released is being interpreted as a message of deterrence, according to Taiwan media outlets, including China Times, and Liberty Times.

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PLA Navy, Air Force “expels trespassing” US Navy ship in the South China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it had deployed naval and air forces to expel an American guided-missile destroyer that had “trespassed” into Chinese territory near the Spratly Islands today, December 22. PLA Air Force Colonel Tian Kai-jun, spokesperson for the Southern Theater of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army made the announcement on Chinese social media site WeChat this afternoon. Tian wrote that the USS John S. McCain had trespassed into waters adjacent to China’s Nansha Islands and

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US Military plane flies over Taiwan, Chinese fighters enter Taiwan airspace

A US Navy C-40 transport aircraft flew north to south inland of Taiwan’s west coast this morning, while Chinese Su-30 fighters entered Taiwan’s airspace, causing Taiwan to scramble its own jets in response. A press release by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) confirmed the aircraft movements, denying rumors that the American aircraft had landed briefly at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung City. The US Navy plane had followed standard procedures and had been given permission according to the

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