Viet Nam Asks China to Cease Militarization in South China Sea

Viet Nam on Thursday asked China to end its militarization in the South China Sea in violation of Viet Nam’s territories and to refrain from escalating tensions. Phạm Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, made the remarks during a regular press briefing, in response to a question over US reports of China having…

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China Slams USS Miguel Keith Entry to South China Sea

The USS Miguel Keith expeditionary mobile base, a type of large logistics support and command and control vessel, reportedly entered the South China Sea for the first time on Monday, with Chinese analysts saying on Tuesday that China should pay close attention to this alarming move, as the warship can potentially enable the US military to operate even more extensively…

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Upgraded J-11B Fighter Jet Joins South China Sea Exercise

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has received delivery of an upgraded version of the J-11B fighter jet, with at least one participating in a recent mock combat exercise over the South China Sea. Organized by a brigade affiliated with the PLA Southern Theater Command Navy Aviation Force, the round-the-clock flight training featured free aerial battle and offensive and…

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U.S. Navy Recovers F-35C from South China Sea

U.S. 7th Fleet’s Task Force (CTF) 75 and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) successfully retrieved the F-35C Lightning II aircraft which crashed earlier this year in the South China Sea, March 2. The F-35C Lightning II, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, crashed while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea…

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Mission Asia 2022: PASSEX with the Malaysian Navy

On February 21, 2022, the Surveillance Frigate (FS) Vendémiaire, on patrol in the South China Sea, carried out an exercise (PASSEX) with KD Selangor, a combat vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy. After radio exchanges, the two ships got into formation in order to carry out refueling presentations at sea (PRERAM). This tricky maneuver for the watchkeeper places the ships…

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USS Charleston Concludes South China Sea Patrol

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in Guam, February 14, following an extended underway period, including 19 straight days in the South China Sea. Charleston and its crew completed their Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) in Guam in mid-January prior to commencing their most recent time at sea. Following a brief stop for fuel in Subic…

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USS Carl Vinson Suffers F-35C Lightning II Crash

File photo for illustrative purposes. An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea, January 24th. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was recovered via U.S. military helicopter. The pilot is in stable condition.…

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US Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea

The PRC’s statement about this mission is false. USS Benfold conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and then continued on to conduct normal operations in international waters. The operation reflects our commitment to uphold freedom of navigation and lawful uses of the sea as a principle. The United States is defending every nation’s right to fly, sail, and…

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