War Zone – The Pentagon warns that China’s military actions are trying to intimidate Taiwan and the West and create a “new normal.”
War on the Rocks – As relationships thaw in the aftermath of establishing AUKUS, now is an opportune moment to consider ways that France might join the non-nuclear aspects of the framework.
The Economist / 1843 – A volatile millennial wields absolute power in Saudi Arabia. What will he do next?
USNI Proceedings – U.S. sea power has always hinged on the nation’s ability to build and maintain partnerships.
War Zone – The E-2’s into its sixth decade in the air and has never been more potent. Here’s how the Navy and Northrop Grumman plan to keep it that way.
RUSI – The concept of assured sovereignty could provide the missing link between persistent engagement and desired ends as the Royal Navy looks to build on its presence in the Indo-Pacific.
Defense News – The service, through its new stand-in forces and its expeditionary advanced base operations concepts, envisions small groups of Marines scattered throughout regional islands and shorelines, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and anywhere else partner nations allow. Those small units will carry everything they need to move from one place to another while conducting surveillance missions, establishing refueling spots for joint forces and launching missiles.
National Review – The U.S. Navy is currently dealing with the aftermath of a series of bad decisions regarding a unique category of ships within its overall force-structure design.
War Zone – China’s Type 055 destroyers, one of which is seen in great detail in these photos, are a symbol of Beijing’s drive to modernize its fleet.
With Press TV – Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri reported on Monday, July 25, the commissioning of the ship Soleimani, made from domestic equipment in the last three years following the martyrdom of the commander-in-chief of the CGRI Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani. (In French)
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Defense News – The U.S. Marine Corps in recent months took the quiet step of putting its Force Design 2030 plans to work in Europe, using forces to monitor Russian naval forces in the Baltic Sea.
Greek City Times – Greece has once more urged Germany to freeze the sale of Reis-class submarines to Turkey, saying that the planned sale of half dozen subs will upset the balance of naval power in the region.
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Global Times – Joint military exercises around the island of Taiwan by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continued Wednesday with a joint blockade, sea assault and land and air combat trainings, involving the use of advanced weapons including J-20 stealth fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles after the drills started on Tuesday evening, when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed on the island which seriously violates China’s sovereignty.
War Zone – China has ordered snap exercises that could extend into Taiwan’s territorial waters in response to Pelosi’s visit.
Breaking Defense – The mine countermeasures USV is one piece of tech designed keep Navy ships safe from undersea mines.
Breaking Defense – Sailors operating the USVs at RIMPAC were more concerned about what the drones could do, rather than how they were controlled.
War Zone – Despite Ukrainian denials from some quarters, officials in Moscow say that the drone strike was launched from within Russia-held territory.
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BBC – The first ship carrying grain has left a Ukrainian port under a landmark deal with Russia.
USNI Proceedings – A confrontation with China’s maritime militia threatens to explode, and U.S. sailors and Marines must decide how to respond. A FICINT story.
The Guardian – Russia has claimed that its Black Sea fleet headquarters in Sevastopol have been hit by a Ukrainian drone strike, wounding five people and prompting officials to cancel festivities planned for Navy Day.
USNI Proceedings – Maritime contests are regional, requiring U.S. actions to be similarly conceptualized and executed while navigating a mosaic of local interests.
USNI News – As the Marine Corps reshapes its force for a future conflict in the Western Pacific, the service is refining how to meet the reconnaissance mission for the wider U.S. military.
Naval News – The Cochin Shipyard ceremonially handed over the first indigenous aircraft carrier “Vikrant” to the Indian Navy.