Five Chinese warships, the PLAN’s delegation to RIMPAC 2016, rendezvoused with two USN destroyers, the USS Stockdale and USS Lawrence near the Daito Islands (just southeast of Okinawa), on June 18, 2016. The seven ship taskforce, with the USS Stockdale as flagship, will arrive at Hawaii for RIMPAC 2016 on June 29. Three other groups, one from Singapore, and the other two from San Diego, are also sailing to Hawaii (an amphibious component also takes place in Southern California). Hosted biennially by the US, RIMPAC is the world’s largest regular multi-national exercise, incorporating dozens of countries each time (China’s first participation was in the previous RIMPAC, 2014). Running from June 30 to August 4, RIMPAC 2016 will involve twenty seven nations, fifty ships (including five submarines) over two hundred aircraft and 25,000 personnel. Noticeably, this is the first RIMPAC that will involve a submarine rescue exercise (of which China will play a key part in). This year, the Chinese task force consists of the Type 052C class “153” Xian guided missile destroyer, the Type 054A “546” Hengshui guided missile frigate, Type 903A ” 966″ Gaoyouhu replenishment ship, the Peace Ark hospital ship and Type 926 submarine tender/rescue ship “867” Changdao. Additionally, there is one special forces team, one naval diving team and three helicopters with the Chinese contingent. Only the American and Canadian contingents will be larger. The task force left Zhoushan, Zhejiang on June 15, 2016. China Military Online reported that the seven ship taskforce will conduct a series of exercises during the 11 day voyage, including communications, at sea resupply, aerial photography and live fire artillery exercises. This will be presursor to closer naval cooperation; the Changdao will be one of the stars of RIMPAC’s inaugural underwater rescue component.
MANILA – Senators have proposed earmarking P1 billion as seed money to finance the development of the country’s own defense industry in the wake of China’s more aggressive activities in the West Philippine Sea. The senators, led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, jointly filed Senate…Read more
Philippine national security adviser hits China’s claim of Philippines intruding into Scarborough Shoal
MANILA – National Security Adviser Eduardo Año on Tuesday said China was “creating unnecessary tensions” with the Philippines and was “overhyping” a recent incident where a Philippine Navy ship entered the waters of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “Under international law, the Philippines has every right to patrol the length and breadth of the West Philippine Sea, which necessarily includes Bajo de Masinloc, which…Read more
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is eyeing a fishing ban and other restrictions in certain areas to address overfishing and boost the country’s fish population. Such measures, said Marcos, are part of the government’s plan of securing the country’s fish stocks along with other initiatives for the agriculture sector to…Read more
by MRIC Admin | Sep 19, 2023 | South East Asia (SEA), IUU Fishing - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, Regional, Environmental Concerns, Maritime Incidents, Maritime Situational Awareness, Domestic, Extraction of Marine Resources, Foreign, West Philippines Sea Update
Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino believes there's something deeper in China's coral harvesting endeavors in Iroquios or Rozul Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying that it might be a prelude to reclamation. “May iba pang plano siguro po riyan, di lang ‘yong pagkuha ng corals at pagdurog nito. Iyong pagpatay kasi ng corals ay prelude sa isang bagay— pag pinatay mo iyon, pwede ka nang mag-reclaim (Perhaps there's a different plan there, not just harvesting and destroying corals.…Read more