Britain to send frigate to the Gulf in most serious naval deployment since 1971

Daily Telegraph – The UK is to send a frigate to be “an enduring presence” in the Gulf, in the most serious naval deployment to the region in more than 40 years, the Defence Secretary has announced in a show of support for Nato. A Royal Navy Type-23 Frigate will be based from the UK’s new £40 million National Support Facility at Mina Salman in Bahrain.

A Sign of the Times: China’s Recent Actions and the Undermining of Global Rules Part 3

CIMSEC – Beijing’s strategic actions and activities are unwisely and dangerously undermining the current global order that it itself has benefited from. Hence, Washington has a moral and global obligation of leadership to further encourage and challenge China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system. Otherwise, Beijing will continue to view U.S. acquiescence and accommodation as tacit acknowledgement and consent to execute its strategic ambitions and strategies unhindered and unchallenged.

Pentagon Blocks China From Joining Naval Exercise

Washington Free Beacon – In response to China’s militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that China would not be allowed to take part in the large international naval exercise known as Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC.

Navy, Boeing Tout Block III Super Hornet As Partner For F-35

Breaking Defense – Once touted by President Trump himself as an alternative to the F-35, the souped-up Super Hornet is now firmly established as its partner.

Army AMC Head Wants To Stop Buying Ships

Breaking Defense – Gen. Gus Perna, head of Army Materiel Command, is a brave man. He came to Pacific Command’s AOR and announced he wants the Army to stop building the transport ships and so-called watercraft that could be crucial to any conflict in the Indo-Pacific region.

Detailed Official Report On Harrowing Encounter Between F/A-18s and UFO Surfaces

War Zone – The paper recounts a course of bizarre events that occurred near the USS Nimitz while it was sailing off the Baja Peninsula in November 2004.

Why the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier was forced back into port

Navy Times – Yet another propulsion train problem has forced the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, back into port for “adjustments” before it can get back underway to complete what had been expected to be a long testing period.

First Chinese-built Carrier Returns from Successful Sea Trials

USNI News – China’s first domestically built carrier has returned from its first set of sea trials last week.

Why Peacetime Naval Buildups are Difficult

CIMSEC – Past examples of peacetime buildups by the British Royal Navy and U.S. Navy suggest that while getting to larger numbers of ships is possible, the costs can be prohibitive; especially in an environment of rapid, technological advancement.

South Korea changes mission for its newly launched assault ship

Defense News – The South Korean Navy launched its second 14,500-ton Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship on May 14 as the landing vessel’s mission shifts more toward blue-water operations than countering North Korea, whose relations with the South has been improving following the April 27 cross-border summit.

But Will They Fight China?

USNI Proceedings – The assumption that U.S. allies in the Pacific would join the United States in a kinetic conflict with China must be revisited.

Russian Tactical Nukes Are Real

USNI Proceedings – Russia has the most extensive arsenal of naval tactical nuclear weapons in the world.

New Admiral In The Pacific, And He’s Got His Eye On China

Breaking Defense – The incoming commander of US Pacific Fleet issues a warning about growing Chinese ambitions while taking charge of the world’s largest fleet.

South China Sea dispute: China lands bombers on island

BBC – China has for the first time landed bombers on disputed territory in the South China Sea, its air force said, prompting fresh US warnings that it is destabilising the region.

China Envisions Growing Role in Regional Security

USNI Proceedings – China sees itself and the United States as key power brokers in Asia, but on regional issues, it often views the United States as an interloper.

China ‘Dream’ Is Global Hegemony

Washington Free Beacon – China’s large-scale military buildup, regional coercion, and economic aggression are part of plan for global domination, experts told Congress on Thursday.

Every Navy Ship needs a Mine Countermeasures Capability

USNI Proceedings – Fielded en masse, simple naval mines present a serious anti­access threat. Commercial technology exists to provide a modicum of low-cost mine defense capabilities to any ship.

China Wants ‘Transformer’ Drones (And It’s More Likely to Happen Than You Think)

National Interest – Chinese military scientists are working on an unusual project: a single hybrid aerial-underwater drone.

Taiwan Wants To Speed Up Construction Of Its New Missile-Toting Stealthy Catamarans

War Zone – The Taiwanese Navy is in desperate need of the additional ships to at all keep pace with China, but they’re still years away from entering service.

China’s Claim to the Spratly Islands is Just a Mistake

CIMSEC – Although the Chinese government likes to say that it has an ancient and historical claim to the reefs and rocks in the South China Sea, a detailed examination of evidence shows that it actually emerged in the first half of the twentieth century. It also changed during a 40-year period 1907-1947. The whole process was filled with confusion and misunderstanding. A few mistakes by a small number of poorly-informed Chinese officials and academics back in the 1930s have created lingering confusion that still poisons the politics of Southeast Asia to this day.

Know Your Enemy. Know Yourself.

USNI Proceedings – To better understand the environment, reduce adversary surprise, and improve performance, the Navy’s maritime operations centers need a tighter partnership between intelligence and operational analysis.

U.S./French Integrated Air Wing Helping Develop ‘One Larger Team’ to Tackle Maritime Operations

USNI News – When Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Staff of the French Navy Adm. Christophe Prazuck stood together on the flight deck of carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Monday, pairs of fighters flew overhead – one American F/A-18E-F Super Hornet, one French Rafale at its side.

U.S./French Integrated Air Wing Exercise Accelerates French Pilots’ Return to Sea

USNI News – Performing touch-and-go’s, catapult launches and arrested landings, French naval aviators are now qualifying aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and speeding up the timeline for their carrier to be combat ready.

Combat Rescue Needs a Renaissance

USNI Proceedings – The Navy must revisit its surface combat rescue capability.

We Can Fix the SWO Career Path

USNI Proceedings – The Navy’s recent seagoing collisions resulting in the tragic loss of 17 sailors have brought into stark relief the urgent need and compelling obligation to “fix the problem.”