Philippine Navy – For South China Sea claimants, a legal venue to battle China

- Reuters – When Philippine President Benigno Aquino compared China to the Germany of 1938 and called for global support as his country battles Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, he put the focus on a case that Manila has filed in an international court. The Philippines has taken its dispute with China to arbitration under the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea and its lawyers say that the tribunal has discretionary powers to allow other states to join the action. China is refusing to participate and has already warned Vietnam against joining the case being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, sources have said. Hanoi has so far kept its options open. Any final ruling by the court on the dispute, one of the most tense flashpoints in Asia, cannot be enforced but will carry considerable moral and political weight, analysts say.

US Navy – DOT&E on LCS

- Aviation Week – As anyone who follows the Littoral Combat Ship is quite aware by now, the Pentagon Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) has once again taken the LCS program to task for problems with both the ships and the mission module packages as well as the related equipment.

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