Chinese Navy Fleet Sails to Pearl Harbor

On 13 December, ships from the Chinese navy fleet arrived at the US base of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for a 5-day goodwill visit. Chinese and US naval officers plan talks aimed at building mutual understanding. According to Capt. Eric Weilenman, chief of staff of Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific, the visit is a good chance for both navies' Sailors to interact with one another. © AP PHOTO/ GUANG NIU, POOL This is the Chinese fleet’s second visit to the US this year, coming after ...
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China Builds Fleet of Midget Submarines

The space snapshots captured by DigitalGlobe show the vessel berthed at the shipyard pier used for fitting out submarines. The midget submarine had left the pontoon by late November and by mid-January 2015, another submarine, probably a Type 041 Yuan-class boat, occupied the pier. According to imagery measurements, the midget submarine has an approximate length of 35 meters and beam of 4 meters, which suggests a surface displacement around 400-500 tons. Midget submarines – sometimes ...
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Chinese Military Brass Visits US Amid Tensions

Diplomacy is sure to be emphasized during a top Chinese military official’s six-day visit to the United States, but tensions remain high in the South China Sea, where Beijing continues to assert itself in territorial disputes. General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, started his tour Monday in San Diego by visiting the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. On Thursday, the general will hold talks at the Pentagon with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, off...
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NATO Ships, 5,600 Troops in Baltic Drill

Around 50 vessels from 17 countries, involving overall 5,600 troops, will be taking part in US-led exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea starting June 5. In 15 days, NATO allies will show their eagerness and ability to protect the region. Featuring anti-submarine warfare, air defense, interception of suspect vessels and amphibious landings, the annual BALTOPS will run through June 20. This year’s excursive will see 49 ships, 61 aircraft, a submarine and an amphibious landing force of 700 troo...
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Russia to Participate in South China Sea Drill

Russia will take part in naval military exercises together with its Asia Pacific allies, according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov. Speaking on Saturday in Singapore, Antonov announced Russia's planned participation in the May 2016 drills which have a focus on counter-terrorism and naval security. Antonov also said he was concerned about stability in the region, naming the US as the main destabilizing factor. He said that Washington's policies have been aimed against Rus...
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Chinese Navy to Gain 415 Warships

James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News. The event was held to discuss the PLA Navy's shipbuilding progress and challenges. It concluded that the PLA Navy...
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Russia, China Hold Navy Exercise in Mediterranean

The Russian and Chinese navies recently held their first joint exercise in the Mediterranean Sea. According to naval representatives from both countries, the Sea Cooperation-2015 drill has shown that Russia and China are ready to jointly respond to threats at sea, even if such threats emanate a long distance away from their naval bases. Significantly, the Russian missile cruiser Moskva’s home port Sevastopol was used as the main headquarters of the exercise. Russia has in effect dec...
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China, Russia Launch Massive Naval Drill

The Russian and Chinese navies began a 10-day training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday. Commenting on the drills, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said that the naval training missions were not directed at any third country. Sources say groups of nine vessels from the two countries are taking part in the maneuvers. The ships involved in the drills had already been participating in international anti-piracy escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somal...
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China’s New Missiles Threaten US Navy

A recent report from the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has confirmed the Chinese government's own claims that "the newest class, the LUYANG III, destroyer is fitted with the new vertically-launched YJ-18 ASCM [anti-ship cruise missile]." The revelations about the the YJ-18 — a latest generation supersonic ASCM — are one of the major takeaways of the ONI's overview of the developments in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). So far there is only one Luyang III (also known as a 052D...
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Russian Navy Rescues 300 People in Yemen

The Russian Navy vessel Priazovye has helped to evacuate 308 people from war-torn Yemen. The Russian Defense Ministry stated citizens from 19 countries had been rescued, including Russian, Ukrainian, US and Yemini nationals. The Russian warship departed the southern Yemeni port of Aden on Sunday night and is due to arrive in Djibouti, on the east coast of Africa on Monday morning. “Among those evacuated from the zone of hostilities in the Aden area, were citizens of 19 countries, including...
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