China Denies Taiwan Strait is International Waters

There is no such thing as “international waters” on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made it clear at a press conference on Monday. The US has replaced universally applicable rules of international law with unilateral rules of its own making. It is self-evident who the destroyer of international…

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Japan-French Bilateral Exercise OGURI-VERNY 22-3

The Overseas Training Cruise 2022 units conducted a bilateral exercise “OGURI-VERNY 22-3” with the French Navy in order to strengthen cooperation to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with the French Navy 2. Date June 14 3. Exercise Area Mediterranean Sea (Off Toulon) 4. Participating…

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HMS Forth Proud of Falklands Peace & Reassurance Mission

Today’s naval guardians of the Falklands have spoken of their pride of patrolling the islands at keeping the eternal flame of 1982 burning. HMS Forth will represent the men and women who liberated the remote South Atlantic archipelago at the islands’ principal anniversary commemoration on Tuesday. They will join RAF and Army personnel, VIPs and islanders marking Liberation Day –…

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JMSDF Monitors Chinese Provocation in Tsushima Strait

Around noon on Monday, June 13, the Maritime Self-Defense Force is about 200k west of Fukuejima (Nagasaki Prefecture). One Chinese Navy Renhai-class missile destroyer moving eastward in the sea area. A total of three ships, one Luyan III class missile destroyer and one edge class supply ship, were confirmed. After that, these ships sailed northeast through the Tsushima Strait and…

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DSCA Approves Parts Sale to Taiwanese Navy

he State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of Ship Spare Parts, Ship System Spare Parts, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $120 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.…

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Frigate Reina Sofía Joins Operation Sea Guardian

Frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ set sail from the Rota Naval Base to join NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian, under the operational control of the Operations Command. She will stay until July. During this period, the Spanish frigate will take command of TG 440.03, collaborating in the area of operations with aircraft from the Air Force and the Italian submarine ITS Scire. The…

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FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off, rather than the standard wing-on method;…

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38th IND-INDO CORPAT Underway

The 38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between the Indian Navy Units of Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) and Indonesian Navy is being conducted from June 13 to 24 2022 in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. The 38th CORPAT is the first post pandemic Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the two countries. It includes a visit by the Indonesian…

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