War Zone – A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that contingents of U.S. special operations forces and U.S. Marines have been making more regular rotational deployments to Taiwan for at least a year now.
USNI News – Almost a dozen sailors have been injured after a U.S. nuclear attack submarine hit an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea.
Middle East Eye – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara has decided to work with Russia to jointly produce jet engines, warships and submarines, during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
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CIMSEC – The US Coast Guard’s similar and enduring missions around maritime resource extraction make it well-suited to enforce domestic and international law in the expanding industry of seabed mining. The service should prepare for seabed mining by engaging with allies and partners and by supporting scientific research and environmental protection.
Mena Defense – Rather unprecedented information was shared yesterday on social networks, an Israeli submarine was reportedly hunted down by the Algerian navy during Exercise Radaa 2021 on September 29 and 30. (In French)
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Breaking Defense – American officials have continued to press their Israeli counterparts about espionage concerns related to a Chinese-built port in Haifa, suggesting that the Israelis conduct regular inspections of heavy machinery there to ensure nothing nefarious is afoot.
Line of Actual Control – Trying to make sense of how the US Coast Guard and the Chinese Navy went toe to toe off Alaska
War Zone – Zircon missiles and Russia’s super quiet Yasen class submarines could be a significant combination, but questions remain about the weapon’s maturity.
USNI News – Two U.S. carrier strike groups drilled with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) and a Japanese big-deck warship over the weekend in a major naval exercise in the waters off the southeast of Okinawa, Japan.
USNI Proceedings – Thinking about naval intelligence skills in three distinct ways can help community leaders make better use of industry and academia in developing talent.
1945 – A thought experiment: suppose the U.S. Marine Corps were looking for a winsome amphibious transport—let’s call it a “light amphibious warship” (LAW)—to help marines vault from island to island to pummel hostile fleets. Suppose these warships didn’t yet exist, and Congress seemed leery of procuring them. And suppose the U.S. Navy had light vessels on hand—call them “littoral combat ships” (LCS)—that were more or less a wasting asset…
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ChinaMil – In order to enhance the rescue capability on the battlefield, the Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark recently conducted a comprehensive maritime rescue exercise for seven consecutive days and nights in the East China Sea.
China Daily – The 39th fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy set out from the city of Qingdao, in East China’s Shandong Province, on Sunday to conduct an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.
CIGI – Nuclear submarines are first among the pact’s initiatives. But security collaboration between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States will also extend to advanced technology, cybersecurity and defence cooperation more broadly.
War Zone – The Banshee target drone could help pave the way for regular drone operations from the decks of British carriers.
Naval News – On August 31, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced its FY2022 budget request. Here are some of the key points of interest, related to the maritime domain.
Breaking Defense – When the United States, United Kingdom and Australia announced their new AUKUS agreement, the major focus was on the path for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. But that headline aside, there is much more to the agreement, which could represent a major shift in Indo-Pacific strategic and military relations for the three nations.
USNI News – Steel for the U.K. Royal Navy’s first new Type 31 frigate was cut on Sept. 24, raising hopes that the service may secure a larger fleet of frontline warships in the long term.
USNI News – U.S Marine F-35Bs from Iwakuni will support the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s post refit trials of the destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH183) next month.
IISS – For European powers, AUKUS raises uncomfortable questions about their willingness and capacity to contribute to a hard-power response in the Indo-Pacific. As Tim Huxley and Ben Schreer argue, their policies of strategic ambiguity will become increasingly difficult to sustain.
War on the Rocks – Because AUKUS focuses on technology sharing, it is different than a traditional arms sale, and this difference has two key implications. First, the deal is a stronger signal of the participants’ long-term concern about China’s rise. Second, and conversely, it will be more difficult to implement the deal in a way that lives up to its claims.
War on the Rocks – To effectively defend its security interests and shape the strategic environment in the interim, Canberra needs a more active strategy to deter China’s gray-zone coercion now. The United States and Australia should pursue this together.
Naval News – As Australia looks set to join the elite club of nuclear submarine operators, we explore the options. The U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class? The Royal Navy’s Astute Class? Or something new? We have identified the 5 most obvious candidates.