Another USS collision

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Yes. Another US Navy ship, USS John S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer, collided with Alnic MC, a Liberian flagged 183-metre long oil/chemical tanker. However, the ship was not loaded full of oil for cargo, which would have stopped any major incident. The incident happened early morning east of Singapore.

At least 10 sailors are said to be missing, and 5 others have been hurt, according to the Navy’s 7th fleet.

This is the second incident from the Navy’s 7th fleet in just two months, the first one involving the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship that killed 7 sailors in waters off Japan. After the incident, the captain of Fitzgerald was relieved of command, and some sailors were punished due to poor seamanship.

The USS McCain is named for the father and grandfather of US Republican Senator John McCain, who were both admirals in the US Navy.

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Please pray for the deceased, and hope for speedy recovery for those injured.

This is astonishing. Two US Navy incidents in just two-three months. According to officials, this is probably due to lack of proper seamanship, as was the case in USS Fitzgerald incident.

Cargo ship hits US Navy destroyer

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This is strange.

A US destroyer ship was severely damaged, and seven of the sailors were missing after a cargo ship hit it at night time about 103 kilometers southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. The mid-right side of the USS Fitzgerald was damaged, while the Phillippine-registered cargo ship ACX reportedly had scratches on the left side of its bow.

After the damage, the USS Fitzgerald had limited propulsion and there was flooding in three compartments. The USS harbors more than 200 crew members, out of which 7 were reported missing and 2 sustained injuries, including the captain.

USS Dewey, medical assistance, Navy tugs and naval aircraft were dispatched to help the crew of the destroyer.

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A US warship getting hit by a cargo ship. This is like an elephant walking in the night who mistakenly steps on a sleeping cheetah.

US launches missiles on Syria

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US President Trump retaliated for the gruesome poison gas attack at Khan Shaykhun against Syria by ordering the Pentagon to launch dozens of cruise missiles against an airfield in central Syria. Trump stated, “Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

Two US Navy destroyers patrolling in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, fired roughly 60 Tomahawk missiles, well out of range of Syrian air defenses. A Tomahawk missile carries an approximate load of 1,000 lbs, and cruises at a speed of 550 mph. Only the Shayrat military airfield was targeted, since it was used as the launch point of the Tuesday lethal gas attack in Idlib Province.

The strike was designed so that minimum casualty was caused and the Russian military operating at Shayrat was warned ahead of time, so that they could easily avoid the missiles. A statement added that US has no plans for additional strikes now, however this depends on the action of Syria’s government.

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This airstrike was more like a warning to Syria, as anyone can understand, since it minimized casualties and most of the damages caused was temporary. It’s your move Syria, I wish you destroy all your chemical weapons for the safety of your own citizens.

Beijing outflanking US?

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US aircrafft carrier Carl Vinson has been patrolling the South China Sea since the last week. It is just the kind of display of Washington’s power and global reach that the US Navy excels at – both to reassure allies and, in this case, send a message to potential foes.

Military experts project that within a decade, China might have more warships than US because military buildup is part of the strategy to dominate many disputed territories in the Southern China Sea. The strategy includes new weapons systems, considerable conventional naval expansion but also a host of other tactics including building naval bases, floating power stations and artificial islands.

In 1995, when the Chinese fired several missiles and conducted military maneuvers around Taiwan, President Bill Clinton ordered two aircraft carriers to patrol the waters between Taiwan and China, a move that Beijing’s military could do little to stop without sparking a war it knew it would not win.

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Australia and France to build Largest Diesel-Electric Submarines!

France beat German and Japanese rivals to secure the Australian contract in April. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed the $41 billion deal on Tuesday, to build the world’s largest diesel-electric submarines in the Australian industrial town of Adelaide. The contract is to build 12 submarines for the given amount, the largest capital project in Australia’s history.

The deal will employ a workforce of 2,800 people starting 2022. Mr Turnbull was seen saying that Security is uncertain around the world and that is why there is a need to re-equip the navy and defence forces.

The submarines, named Shortfin Barracuda Block1A will be 97 meters (318 feet) long and will weight 4,500 metric tonnes, which is 2.5 meters shorter and 200 metric tonnes lighter than the French nuclear sub. Read the full article here.

Trump tweets “We don’t want drone They stole, let them keep it”

Building on the incident of China Navy seizing the US Navy oceanography UUV on Thursday in the South China Sea, about 92 kilometers northwest of Subic bay near the Philippines.

China said that it discovered an unidentified device on Thursday which it seized to ensure safe navigation of other ships, however the US Navy had said that it issued a formal diplomatic complaint over the drone’s seizure and demanded its return. After verifying that the device was an American unmanned submerged device, China decided to transfer it to the US through appropriate means.

Donald Trump took it to twitter to blast China “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!” Trump also tweeted “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act.” Earlier he had tweeted ‘unpresidented’ instead of ‘unprecedented’.

Trump was also criticized last weekend on twitter for his spelling mistakes when he wrote ‘rediculous’ instead of ‘ridiculous’. Later he put a new tweet to correct it.

Will Trump Preidency hangs US relations with China or can we expect a friendly economic relations between the two world powers. Read the full article here.

China captures US unmanned Navy Vessel

China unlawfully seized an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) on December 15th in the South China Sea while it was being recovered by the US Navy Oceanographic survey ship. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. He also asked China to “immediately” return the UUV untampered, as it was in international waters and China has no legal cause to seize it.

The UUV along with the USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is an unclassified ocean glider system used around the world to gather military oceanographic data such as salinity, water temperature, and sound speed. The system was conducting a routine check in accordance with the international law about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, Philippines, when a Chinese Navy PRC DALANG III-Class Ship (ASR-510) retrieved the UUV.

This incident comes after the factual evidence that China has militarized the artificial islands built in the South China Sea region, an action in direct contradiction of a pledge made by President Xi Jingping. This is deeply disturbing and not consistent with the actions of a nation seeking to built a constructive and cooperative relationship with the USA. Read the full article here!