China Cries Foul as USS Benfold Demonstrates FONOP in Spratley Islands

On Sept. 8, USS Benfold (DDG 65) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea. USS Benfold demonstrated that Mischief Reef, a low-tide elevation in its natural state, is not entitled to a territorial sea under international law. The…

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CCP Propaganda Cries Foul Over USS Benfold Transit

According to a written statement by Air Force Senior Colonel Tian Junli, spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold trespassed into China’s territorial waters of the Xisha Islands on July 12 without Chinese government’s permission. As a response, the naval and air forces of the PLA Southern Theater Command conducted tracking and monitoring…

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Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021 Taking Place off Guam

June 22, 2021 – U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies join together in Guam for exercise Pacific Griffin 2021, June 21 through July 7, to conduct advanced maritime training. A two-week maritime exercise scheduled in the waters near Guam, Pacific Griffin aims at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the two navies. This is the third iteration…

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JMSDF & USN Participate in Resilient Shield 2021

February 22, 2021 – U.S. and Japan Self Defense Force will participate in Resilient Shield 2021 from February 22-26, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. Naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs)…

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