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#1321 GARGEAN

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 0435 AM

Nothing new. Though I note the article is titled with 'warning shots', where as the content clearly states they were given six verbal warnings instead.

Meh if so. Though it was real hot shots.
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Posted 14 August 2018 - 0750 AM

 

Sound is rubbish at the beginning, but its fixed after about 40 minutes or so.


Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 14 August 2018 - 0751 AM.

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 0758 AM

 

Sound is rubbish at the beginning, but its fixed after about 40 minutes or so.

 

8 hours is really long. So far I listened to the first speaker and the Q and A for his part. Main point being that the US is going to stay involved regarding the SCS and acknowledging that everything the US has done so far has not produced results. And thus advocates a new approach such as economic sanctions in the form like how PRC used economics to retaliate against ROK regarding the THAAD deployment. Generally reasonable in my view. In some sort of way, economic leverages such as the tariffs are being pulled against China. But it is of course yet to be seen if those will be short term or not. On the military side, the "H.R. 5515: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019" has a general approach towards China which is as follows.

 

China – As China makes investments and advances in its military capabilities, this legislation directs a whole-of-government strategy to confront the People’s Republic of China and bolsters DOD’s efforts to plan for and provide the necessary forces and military infrastructure and logistics capabilities in the region. The bill supports military exercises with Japan, Australia, and India and improves security cooperation to counter China’s rising influence in Asia, Southeast Asia, and other regions.

I think it indicates that the US isn't going to do much to reverse the progress China has made in the SCS but a continued framework to contain China within the SCS.


Edited by JasonJ, 19 August 2018 - 0759 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 1015 AM

 

Tokyo. Japan will send a large helicopter carrier to the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for a second straight year as it looks to bolster its presence in the strategic maritime region with annual tours, two Japanese officials said.

"This is part Japan's efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific," said one of the officials, who has direct knowledge of the plan for a two-month tour beginning in September.

The 248 meter-long Kaga, which can operate several helicopters simultaneously, will make stops in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and at ports in India and Sri Lanka, said the sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The Kaga, which will be accompanied by an escort ship, may also conduct ad hoc joint drills with warships from other counties in the region, they said.

Japan last year sent its sister ship, the Izumo, on a similar tour of the contested South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.

A spokesman for Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force said he was unable to comment on future operations.

Japan's growing visibility in those waters reflects concern it shares with the United States over China's military presence in a region through which trade routes pass that are vital to the Japanese and US economies.

China, which says its intentions are peaceful, claims most of the South China and has built bases on reefs and shoals it has reclaimed. China has also increased naval operations in the Indian Ocean.

The United States holds regular air and naval patrols in the South China Sea, saying it has to ensure freedom of navigation.

In May, it changed the name of its military Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii to Indo-Pacific Command to signal a broader regional strategy that has been promoted by Japan and Australia, stretching from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean.

Japan has not taken part in the US freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea because doing so could provoke China which could increase its military presence in the East China Sea where the rivals are locked in a dispute over ownership of uninhabited islets known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Tension

Amid growing tension over trade and Chinese suspicion of US intentions toward self-governing Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping in June told US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that China was committed to peace but would not yield "even one inch" of territory handed down by its ancestors.

Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei also claim parts of the South China Sea, which has rich fishing grounds, as well as oil and gas deposits. Taiwan also claims the sea but Japan has no claim to any part of it.

In the Indian Ocean, tension between China and India has flared over China's growing presence in the Maldives, which despite long-standing political and security ties with India has signed up to China's Belt and Road initiative to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond.

In order for Japan to take a wider regional role, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has stretched the limits of a post-war pacifist constitution by sending warships, planes and troops on overseas missions.

The Kaga, which is as big as any aircraft carrier operated by the Japanese Imperial Navy in World War II, is designated as a destroyer to keep it within the bounds of those constitutional restraints.

Based in Kure in western Japan, the Kaga was commissioned in March last year and its primary mission is anti-submarine warfare. Its tour of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean follows a two-month trip to the region from May by the Osumi, an amphibious transport ship.

http://jakartaglobe....ean-two-months/

 

 

Following up.. JS Kaga carrying 5 helicopters will be accompanied by JS Inazuma and JS Suzutsuki totaling about 800 personnel. Begins on August 26th and will finish on October 30th. They will make port calls to India, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

http://www.mod.go.jp...20180821-02.pdf


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 0842 AM

France sent 3 Rafales, an A400M, a C-135, and a A310 to an international air exercise in Australia but also stops in several South East Asia countries including Vietnam.

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https://baotintuc.vn...27112544595.htm


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 1812 PM

Looks like a sales tour.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 1932 PM

In route from Japan to Vietnam, HMS Albion sails by Paracel islands, China condemns it.

https://www.theaustr...efa5e0f76eb60c1


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0700 AM

What looks like a couple of Type 54A frigates coming up near JS Kaga.

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Captured on footage for the first time by Japanese television media, Chinese Navy warships came close to the JMSDF largest destroyer "Kaga" while it was navigating through the South China Sea.

 

Two frigates of the Chinese Navy came up close to Destroyer "Kaga" as it was navigating through the South China Sea. It was the first time for the media to capture Chinese navy warships coming up close to JMSDF warships as they navigate through the South china Sea. While there was no dangerous behavior taken towards "Kaga", it has become clear that China is strengthening effective control in the South China Sea.

 

Up until now, "Kaga" has conducted joint-training with countries such as the United States, and has an aim to put a check on China's maritime advances as it goes on a 2 month long voyage

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http://news.livedoor...etail/15277752/

 

Here's a picture of the other frigate from the same continuous video footage.

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Video in the link below.

http://www.news24.jp...8/04403616.html


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0705 AM

And just for the record, USS Ronald Reagan, JS Kaga, and their accompanying ships conducted joint-training in the South China Sea on August 31st.

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http://www.tank-net....10#entry1384835


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0734 AM

Philippines President Duterte visited JS Kaga on September 1st.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:52 AM

JMSDF conducts ASW training in SCS. The Japanese sub, JS Kuroshio, will make a 5 day stop at Vietnam.

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine joined a drill last week in the South China Sea for the first time, the MSDF said Monday, signaling Tokyo's intention to keep China's muscle-flexing in the area in check.

In a rare announcement, the MSDF said the submarine Kuroshio, along with the helicopter carrier Kaga and two destroyers, the Inazuma and Suzutsuki, conducted an antisubmarine warfare exercise in the sea last Thursday.

Usually, the MSDF keeps the activities of its submarines secret, except for long-term dispatches to places such as Hawaii for drills.

The submarine left an MSDF base in western Japan's Kure on Aug. 27 for the drill.

The three other ships were separately dispatched to the exercise area encompassing the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean for the period from Aug. 26 to Oct. 30 to join similar operations conducted by the U.S. and some Southeast Asian countries' navies.

On Monday, the Kuroshio made a port call at Vietnam's strategic Cam Ranh Bay facing the South China Sea, which is relatively close to the Paracel and Spratly island chains. Vietnam is at odds with China over claims to those islands.

China claims the entire South China Sea -- with its self-declared maritime border known as the "nine-dash line" -- and has built artificial islands with military infrastructure in the waters.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in response to the drill involving the Japanese submarine that regional peace and stability should not be undermined by a country outside the region.

The MSDF is believed to have conducted the drill on the high seas within the nine-dash line.

Other Asian countries such as Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines also have territorial claims in the sea.

https://english.kyod...r-1st-time.html

 

The visit to Vietnam is from September 17th to September 21st.

http://www.mod.go.jp.../20180917-1.pdf

 

The ASW training between JS Kuroshio and JS Kaga, Inazuma, and Suzutsuki occurred on September 13th.

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http://www.mod.go.jp.../20180917-2.pdf


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