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Friday, October 18, 2019

Philippine Sea News

Photo: Department of Transportation - DOTr Philippines

Philippines-Indonesia Shipping Route Soon

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced plans to open a shorter shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia, a move meant to strengthen trade relations between the two neighboring countries, reported  Manila Times. The maiden voyage scheduled on April 28 will originate from Davao City, the hometown of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Agricultural products will be among the first batches of cargo to be transported on the new shipping route, the trade department said.

INS Airavat. Photo: Indian Navy

India to Take Part in Maritime Drill in South China Sea

India will join US and Japan conduct joint naval exercises in the northern waters of the Philippine Sea, an area close to the East and South China Seas where Beijing is locked in an increasingly tense standoff with other countries. The multinational maritime exercise in the strategically important South China Sea, which will also have the Japan, Russia, Australia and China along with other countries as participants. IANS quoted an official statement said it is part of the Indian Navy’s endeavour to "enhance maritime security in the Indo-Pacific".

Challenges in the South China Sea. Map by Transatlantic Academy

G7 May Address South China Sea Dispute

AFP reports that the G7 summit would express concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea. John Kirton, director of think-tank the G7 Research Group, has said maritime disputes between China and its neighbours would be on the agenda of the summit in Germany. Japan's Yomiuri newspaper also said Saturday the summit would take up the issue. Citing sources, the paper said a closing statement would express concern about unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

The South China Sea by southchinasea.org

Vietnam Reclaims Land in South China Sea

Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, but analysts say the scale of the work is dwarfed by that of China, reports AFP. The expansion of the land area of Vietnamese-controlled Sand Cay and West London Reef in the Spratly is shown in satellite images from Washington's Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in the disputed South China Sea, though the scale and pace is dwarfed by that of China, says CSIS.

South China Sea Maritime Claim: Map by Lowy Institute for International Policy

Philippines: China Reclamation Damaging Reefs

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippines said China’s massive reclamation activities in the South China Sea have destroyed 300 acres of coral reef systems, which may lead to an estimated $100 million in annual economic losses in coastal states. "China’s massive reclamation activities are causing irreversible and widespread damage to the biodiversity and ecological balance of the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea," Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.

Araw ng Kagitingan: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

US, Japan Pledge Maritime Support to Phillipines

The United States and Japan have renewed vows to secure the Pacific region, including the Philippines, from maritime threats. In separate speeches during the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) at Mt. Samat, Bataan yesterday, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa jointly pledged cooperation to secure the pacific region and the Philippines, notably against maritime threats. The former World War II enemies both vowed to uphold previous agreements with the Philippines in the face of new threats in the region…

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Gulf of Aden. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting maritime security operations, strike operations

U.S. Carrier Group Ends 7-month Tour

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) transited through the Suez Canal marking the end of more than seven months of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), Oct. 27. Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, GHWB CSG comprises aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW 8), Destroyer Squadron 22 (CDS 22), guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). GHWB CSG deployed Feb.

Cutter Washington: Photo credit USCG

Traditional Micronesian Canoe Sinks, Students Rescued

Multiple agencies and Amver ship work together to rescue 10 from the Philippine Sea, 90 miles NE of Palau. The U.S. Coast Guard in coordination with the Republic of Palau Division of Maritime Law Enforcement and the Royal Australian Navy Maritime Surveillance Advisor partnered to provide assistance. The mariners in distress originated their voyage on a 60-foot traditional sailing canoe traveling from Palau to the outer islands of Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Chinese Boats in Disputed S. China Sea Area

China’s 30-ship fleet was reportedly being escorted by a fisheries administration patrol ship and a 3,000-ton supply ship, enough provision for five to 10 days of fishing, according to a 'Manila Standard Today' news report. Locklear, who arrived Monday for a three-day visit,  met with President Benigno Aquino III at the Palace where they discussed “in broad strokes” China amid the rising tensions over territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Locklear’s courtesy call on Mr.

This Day in Naval History - June 20

1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship. 1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of United States in the Pacific. 1913 - First fatal accident in naval aviation, Ensign W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, Md. 1934 - Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet Adm. 1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing two aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft.

This Day in Naval History - June 19

From the Navy News Service:   1864 - USS Kearsarge sinks Confederate raider Alabama off France. 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea begins ("The Marianas Turkey Shoot"). 1948 - Chief of Naval Operations assigns three destroyers to U.N. mediator for the Palestine truce.