US Navy – Forrestal Memorial Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:03:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US Navy – Forrestal Memorial 32 32 US Navy destroyer crosses the strait Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:00:00 +0000

The same day the USS “Barry” crossed the strait, Taiwan ended its Han Kuang military exercises, while China said it had conducted an exercise near Taiwan.

A U.S. Navy ship crossed the Taiwan Strait on Friday, marking the ninth time a U.S. military ship has passed through the strait since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January.

USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, made a “routine” transit through the strait, the US Navy said in a statement, adding that the voyage in international waters was made “in accordance with international law.” .

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the US Navy said. “The US military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits. “

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The Department of National Defense yesterday confirmed the transit, saying the US destroyer had sailed north to south across the strait.

The ministry said it has an understanding of the situation and uses joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to monitor the waters and airspace around Taiwan.

The situation was “normal” as the ship crossed the strait, he added.

The destroyer was in the strait on the same day that 10 Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification area.

It was the 15th day in a row that Chinese military planes entered the region.

The military maneuvers are seen by some as a way for Beijing to express its displeasure with Taipei and warn of actions it sees as endangering its hopes of annexing Taiwan.

Taipei considers such movements to be military threats.

On August 27, the USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, accompanied by the USCGC Munro, carried out what the US Navy called “routine transits” through the strait.

USS John S. McCain crossed the strait on February 4 and April 7; the USS Curtis Wilbur February 24, May 18 and June 22; the USS John finn March 10; and the USS To fold July 28.

The most recent passage came as Taiwan was completing its annual Han Kuang military exercises and China was conducting military exercises in waters near the southwest coast of Taiwan.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a military exercise on Friday in the waters off southwestern Taiwan and in the skies of the region, the PLA’s official newspaper reported yesterday, citing Shi. Yi (施 毅), spokesperson for the Eastern Theater of the PLA. Order.

Shi did not provide specific information regarding the location of the exercise, claiming only that the PLA had deployed warships, early warning planes and bombers.

The National Defense Ministry said Taiwan has “a deep understanding and assessment” of China’s military exercises.

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US Navy ship crosses Taiwan Strait, 9th transit since start of year Sat, 18 Sep 2021 04:29:00 +0000

Taipei, Sep 18 (ANC) A U.S. Navy ship crossed the Taiwan Strait on Friday, marking the ninth time a U.S. military ship has passed through the strait after President Joe Biden took office in January.

In a statement, the US Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry made a “routine” transit through the Taiwan Strait on Friday.

The US Navy said the transit in international waters was “in accordance with international law”.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the US Navy added. “The US military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits.”

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense (DND) also confirmed the transit of the US destroyer through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, saying it was sailing from north to south.

The Department of National Defense said the department had a full understanding of the situation and had used joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to monitor movements at sea and in the air around Taiwan.

He also described the situation in the skies and waters around Taiwan as “normal” during the transit period of the US warship.

The U.S. destroyer’s presence in the strait occurred the same day 10 Chinese fighter jets landed in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Friday.

The presence of Chinese planes marked the 15th consecutive day that Chinese planes had entered ADIZ. These zones are established by countries to help them identify, monitor and control aircraft, but are not recognized by international law and are considered international airspace.

China’s military maneuvers are seen by some analysts as a way for Beijing to send its message to Taipei and warn of actions it sees as jeopardizing its hopes for unification with Taiwan. The government of Taiwan considers these measures to be military threats.

The latest entry came as Taiwan wrapped up its annual Han Kuang military exercises that began on Monday, the ministry said.

This year, Taiwan launched the Han Kuang military exercises by mobilizing fighter jets stationed in the western part of the main island to fly to the eastern part, in apparent response to China’s frequent entries into Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Prior to the transit of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry on Friday, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd and the legendary US Coast Guard Munro-class conducted the “routine transits” through the Straits of Taiwan. August 27.

Earlier this year, the USS John S. McCain sailed the waters on February 4 and April 7; USS Curtis Wilbur on February 24, May 18 and June 22; USS John Finn on March 10; and the USS Benfold on July 28.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Frances Huang)

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The US Air Force adds floats to the C-130s. They could come in handy in a war with China. Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000

The US Air Force Special Operations Command is developing removable floats for its MC-130J Commando II transports. Bolt the floats together and the normally land-based MC-130 becomes a seaplane capable of taking off and landing in any reasonably smooth body of water.

The idea is to free SOCOM’s transports from concrete runways and dirt airstrips so that they can drop off and retrieve commandos in places that lack land. He is. Rugged coasts. River deltas.

But there is another, arguably less exciting, app that, in a major war, could actually be far more important than any dramatic commando raid. The C-130s with MAC floats – which stands for “MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability” – could supply island bases.

The US military once operated a large number of seaplanes. During World War II, the US Navy’s Catalina seaplanes patrolled to spot enemy ships, chased submarines, and rescued downed airmen.

Seaplanes fell out of favor in the navy after the war. America’s vast network of major air bases – and the advent of the helicopter – seemed to make fixed-wing amphibians obsolete.

But the environment is changing. In the part of the world where the United States might be most likely to wage a major war – the Western Pacific – the Pentagon in fact lack plinths.

At the same time, an emerging doctrine of war with China calls on the United States Marine Corps – with support from the Navy and the US Air Force – to occupy small island outposts within missile range. Chinese.

Marines at those outposts would launch drones to track Chinese ships – and launch missiles at them – while also supplying US planes heading for targets closer to the Chinese mainland.

Some of the outposts could be large enough to include a short airstrip which, in addition to supporting fuel-hungry F-35s and V-22s, could accommodate KC-130 Marines carrying troops and supplies.

Smaller outposts could not have an airstrip. Helicopters and tiltrotors can get in and out of almost any base, but they typically lack range and payload compared to fixed-wing aircraft.

This is where seaplanes could come in. Equip the Marine KC-130s with floats and they could resupply any outposts they could safely reach.

AFSOC Chief Technology Officer Lt. Col. Josh Trantham hinted at the possibility. “We believe that MAC can be used by our sister, allied and partner services on various C-130 platforms,” ​​he said.

If anything, AFSOC is behind the curve. The Japanese Navy flies a small number of US-2 seaplanes for rescues and emergency supply runs. And Chinese industry is developing a new seaplane, the AG600, which Beijing could deploy to resupply its own island outposts.

AFSOC plans to fly a C-130 equipped with floats for the first time within 17 months. If the design will work, well, we’ll see. But the usefulness is obvious.

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BSO and Others Donate Furniture to US Navy Veteran in Fort Lauderdale – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports Thu, 16 Sep 2021 22:36:10 +0000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has gathered belongings for a veteran who was homeless, and they’re giving him a hand and some new furniture as he gets back on his feet.

US Navy veteran Eugene Ralph was homeless last year after spending nearly a decade traveling the world on a warship. He said he slept wherever he could find a bench.

“The economy, the pandemic – I lost my place and I couldn’t bounce back,” Ralph said. “Gas stations, bus stops, anywhere I could sleep. “

But, he was strong enough to ask for help, which he received.

“You know, with a kind word, ‘Yeah, I’m a veteran. I’ve been through a rough patch’ and people started to listen,” Ralph said.

With the help of BSO and many others, they found Ralph a new home in Fort Lauderdale.

“Very often those who experience homelessness feel helpless and hopeless,” said BSO MP Michael Francis. “I’m sure he felt those two things at times, but his will to survive, him being a military veteran, gave him that determination and that resilience – I think that’s an apt word – to really foster.”

Ralph has been living in his current apartment since July, and during that time he hasn’t had any furniture inside. He had requested a recliner for the apartment, which turned into donations of furniture for his entire apartment.

It would take two box trucks to deliver all the furniture to her apartment. They included everything Ralph could possibly need, and he was unloaded and moved to his apartment.

“Incredible, it’s priceless, priceless,” Ralph said. “If you can imagine priceless, this is how you feel.”

Ralph said he has a passion for music.

“A Frank Sinatra song that I think goes accordingly is ‘All the Way’,” said Ralph. “All of. All of.”

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24th International Maritime Power Symposium taking place this week at Naval War College Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:28:09 +0000

Notice an additional military or police presence in Newport this week?

There is a good reason for this.

More than 140 delegates, including the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and heads of international navies and coast guards from more than 100 countries, are attending the International Maritime Power Symposium at the US Naval War College this week (September 14-17) .