Sunday 22 Jul 2018 | 14:56 | SYDNEY
Sunday 22 Jul 2018 | 14:56 | SYDNEY

Maritime linkage

19 November 2010 12:37

Commander Justin Jones is Navy Fellow and maritime advisor to the MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Project at the Lowy Institute.

  • The Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy has stated that Iran will deploy more warships to the international waters of the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden.
  • Yesterday, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its 2010 Report to Congress, all 324 pages of it. The report states that China's non–nuclear missiles have 'the capability to attack' and close down five of six major US Air Force bases in South Korea and Japan. The maritime security related topics include:
    • China's growing air and missile capabilities, and the increasing capacity to strike US bases and allies in the region.
    • China's increasing political, economic, energy and security interactions with Southeast Asia, and the implications for US interests in the region.
    • Recent developments in the China–Taiwan relationship, and implications for the United States.
  • While China's first helicopter–equipped fisheries patrol vessel has sailed, on its maiden voyage, towards the East China Sea, Japan has sent 100 soldiers to the remote island of Yonaguni, also in the East China Sea.
  • Will 2010 prove to be the start of the second Chinese PLA-N building boom'
  • Following the outcome of the UK Defence Review and intended cuts, a group of former Naval Chiefs, led by Lord West, has written a letter to The Times, urging the Government to reconsider the decision. On the other side of the pond, the US Chief of Naval Operations predicts the rise of naval forces, to the detriment of land forces.
  • Some thoughts on Australia's future submarines (yes, the 12 submarines identified by the 2009 White Paper), straight from the mouth of the head of the future submarine program, Rear Admiral Rowan Moffitt.

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