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https://news.usni.org/2018/05/23/china-disinvited-participating-2018-rimpac-exercise

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China Disinvited from Participating in 2018 RIMPAC Exercise
By: Megan Eckstein
May 23, 2018 11:58 AM

The U.S. military has disinvited China from participating in the upcoming Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii, a Defense Department spokesman announced.

Citing actions in the South China Sea that run counter to international norms and a pursuit of free and open seas, Department of Defense spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) would not be participating in the exercise despite its participation in submarine safety and other non-warfighting components of the exercise in previous years.

“The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region. As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. China’s behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise,” Logan said.

“We have strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, and electronic jammers to contested features in the Spratly Islands region of the South China Sea. China’s landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island has also raised tensions,” he continued.
“We believe these recent deployments and the continued militarization of these features is a violation of the promise that President Xi made to the United States and the World not to militarize the Spratly Islands.”

China participated in the 2016 exercise despite ongoing tensions. Then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in April 2016, “Our approach to security in the region, as I indicated there, has always been to try to include everyone, so that’s our basic approach. So even as we stand strong and improve all of our systems and stand strong with our allies – and develop new partnerships with countries like India and Vietnam that we don’t have decades of experience with, like the Philippines; they’re all coming to us, in part because they’re concerned about China – but we’re still taking the approach of, everybody ought to work together here. So if the Chinese want to participate, I think it’s the right place for us to be. Come on, and instead of standing apart from everybody and isolating yourself and excluding yourself, try to be part of the system of cooperative nations that have made, as I said, the Asian miracle possible.”

Russia, however, was disinvited in 2016 due to its annexation of Crimea. Russia had been invited to the 2016 exercise and the invitation was revoked as punishment for its aggression in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, but the Russian Navy sent a destroyer to follow USS America (LHA-6) and other ships during the exercise.

 

The following is the complete statement by Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan:

“The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region. As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. China’s behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise.”

“We have strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, and electronic jammers to contested features in the Spratly Islands region of the South China Sea. China’s landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island has also raised tensions.”

“While China has maintained that the construction of the islands is to ensure safety at sea, navigation assistance, search and rescue, fisheries protection, and other non-military functions the placement of these weapon systems is only for military use.”

“We have called on China to remove the military systems immediately and to reverse course on the militarization of disputed South China Sea features.”

“We believe these recent deployments and the continued militarization of these features is a violation of the promise that President Xi made to the United States and the World not to militarize the Spratly Islands.”
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Models and Hobbies / LT 510 Northern Samar Logo?
« Last post by diverneil on Today at 07:13:28 AM »
Good day, does anyone have the logo of (LT-510) BRP Northern Samar (Samar del Norte)? I am ship building a miniature. Thank you for reading and for the replies.
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Stealth / Re: Combat debut of Israeli F-35s
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 03:29:00 AM »
From: jpost.com - May 22, 2018
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IAF Commander: Israel first to use F-35 jet in combat

Israel has struck targets in the Middle East with the F-35 Adir jet twice, making the Jewish state the first country to use the stealth fighter in a combat role in the region, Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin announced on Tuesday.

“We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It has become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts,” he said during the IAF Senior Air Force Conference in Herzliya.
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Philippines commits to naval modernisation | Janes - 23 May 2018
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The Philippine government is looking to set aside PHP77 billion (USD1.47 billion) for the modernisation of the Philippine Navy (PN) during its second phase of modernisation, President Rodrigo Duterte said on 22 May.

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The development programme – outlined under Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernisation Programme – allocated around PHP90 billion for total AFP modernisation in the 2013-2017 first horizon, with the third and final phase starting in 2024.
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Kelvin Hughes to Supply SharpEye Radar Sensors for LCS & MMSC Vessels | Navy Recognition - 21 May 2018
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Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, has been selected by bridge integrator OSI Maritime Systems Ltd (OSI) to supply a number of SharpEye™ solid-state naval radar sensors for installation on board Lockheed Martin's LCS 27 and four LCS-based Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) vessels for Saudi Arabia.

Working closely with OSI, Kelvin Hughes is providing the X band and S Band SharpEye™ sensors for integration into an IMO-approved OSI Bridge and Navigation system.


Scale model of Royal Saudi Navy MMSC on Lockheed Martin stand during SNA 2018. Photo taken from navyrecognition.com
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Sweden to upgrade MS20-standard Gripen C/Ds | Janes - 23 May 2018
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Saab has been awarded SEK224 million (USD26 million) to upgrade systems on the Swedish Air Force (SwAF’s) fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft.

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) contract, announced by the company on 23 May, involves enhancements to the current MS20-configuration, which was rolled out in 2016.
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Australia launches third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer | Janes - 21 May 2018
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Named Sydney (with pennant number 42), the 146.7 m-long ship entered the water on 19 May in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

The ship, which was laid down in November 2015, is set to be handed over to the RAN in December 2019 following sea trials. First-of-class HMAS Hobart was commissioned in September 2017 and is expected to be fully operational later this year, while the second AWD, Brisbane , is undergoing sea trials, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for September 2018.

The RAN’s Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) frigates, of which only two remain in service, are being retired to make way for the Hobart-class AWDs, which provide the service with an improved war fighting capability.


Australian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in front of Hobart-class AWD Sydney. The ship is the third and final AWD launched for the RAN. Source: Australian DoD/Russell Millard
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Duterte: Jordan giving 2 attack helicopters | GMA news - May 22, 201
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President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday Jordan will give two Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines even after he lambasted a member of the Middle Eastern nation's royal family who urged him to seek psychiatric help.

"Jordan is giving us two Cobra helicopters. Those things we cannot really afford maybe in my term," Duterte said in a speech during the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Navy.

Duterte admitted he was advised by his National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. not to curse United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein because the Philippines was in the process of acquiring the attack helicopters.
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General Discussion / Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Last post by sirius on May 22, 2018, 09:24:09 PM »
During a speech given during the 120th anniversary celebration for the Philippine Navy, Navy FOIC Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad announced that the PN will be sending 2 ships, plus one AW109 helicopter, and 700 sailors to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercises in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Empedrad's comments did not specify which ships would be participating. However, there has been speculation that it would involve 1 Gregorio del Pilar class frigate and 1 Tarlac class LPD.

30 nations are scheduled to participate in the exercises which will take place in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRdWrXK7N6I&feature=youtu.be

If it's going to be 1 Gregorio del Pilar class and 1 Tarlac class, will the Tarlac class be going without any helicopters, since only one AW109 was mentioned?
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General Discussion / Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Last post by dr demented on May 22, 2018, 02:04:00 PM »
More details on Vice Adm. Empedrad's speech.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/05/22/pn-slowly-regaining-maritime-character-by-becoming-strong-and-credible-says-empedrad/

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PN slowly regaining maritime character by becoming strong and credible, says Empedrad

Published May 22, 2018, 6:06 PM

By Francis Wakefield

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad today expressed belief that the Philippine Navy (PN) is slowly regaining its maritime character by becoming a strong and credible navy that our maritime nation, Philippines will be proud of by the year 2020.

Empedrad made the remark in a speech he delivered during the Philippine Navy’s 120th founding anniversary held at the Coconut Palace, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

No less than President Duterte, the Armed Forces’ commander in chief, was the guest of honor and speaker.

Also present were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr., members of the Cabinet and other key officials of the AFP.

“Be that as it may, we are still too far behind compared to other navies in the region. But with the strongest support of our beloved President, the Secretary of National Defense and our political leaders, our dream will soon become a reality,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said it sad to note that through time, they have failed to sustain the strong maritime heritage of our forefathers, let alone lose it. This has impacted the condition of our Navy today.

“After the war, the Philippine Navy is one of the most powerful navies in the Asian Region. However, six decades later, we are one of the weakest even in Southeast Asian region. Maritime nations like Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and even Vietnam and Myanmar have upgraded their naval capability while the Philippine Navy went to obsolescence,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said he firmly believes that we are supposed to be a big maritime nation having the 5th longest coastline in the world two times longer than that of the United States.

“We have more than 7,100 islands, the third most in the world, and our vast maritime waters has an area seven times that of the country’s land area. But most importantly, we are the Number 2 seafarer-producing country in the world next to China,” Empedrad said.

The Navy chief said our national interest therefore is not only limited through our maritime waters but extends globally.

“The West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea are two of the busiest and most important commercial sea lanes in the world. In times of disasters and calamities island municipalities are only accessible through waters. Yet, today we failed to harness the sea power potential of our country let alone upgrade the Navy’s capability and to protect our national interest,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said that to regain its maritime character as a nation, the Philippine Navy has upgraded its Naval assets in recent months.

He said two months ago, the Philippine Navy received the last three of the five TC-90 aircraft from Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. He said these aircraft upgrades the Navy’s capability in HADR, Search and Rescue Operations and Surveillance Capability.

The aircraft has longer range that can effectively cover our vast maritime waters in support to our monitoring stations.

A month ago, the very first missile capability of the Philippine Navy was acquired from Israel.

“These will be integrated onboard the Navy’s Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC). The system will be fully operational in July,” Empedrad said.

“The Pohang Corvette from Republic of Korea maybe delivered by the third quarter of this year. The two anti-submarine warfare helicopters with torpedoes will be operational by May next year and finally, the two missile frigates will be delivered in 2020,” he added.

Two ships off to Hawaii

Empedrad said that in july, the Navy will be sending two ships and one Augusta Westland with 700 sailors and marines onboard for the very first time to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii to be participated in by 30 other countries.

Empedrad said with its enduring theme, “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future,” the celebration was highlighted by a capability demonstration on amphibious operations, counter-terrorism and hostage rescue by the Naval Special Operations Group and the Marines Special Operations Group.

The celebration was capped by a Fleet Review of vessels and Fly By of naval fixed and rotary aircraft including the recently acquired TC-90s. The last fleet review conducted was in 1998.

Part of the program also honored outstanding Philippine Navy units, officers and enlisted personnel for serving with honor and excellence enabling the navy to better accomplish its mission.
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