Navy Approaching ‘Weak’ Rating in New U.S. Military Strength Survey

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) transits the South China Sea with Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS-16) on Sept. 7, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s ability to defend the nation’s vital security interests is “marginal,” – with the caveat that its score is trending to “weak” in capability and readiness – while the Marine Corps’ ability is graded as “strong,” according to a think tank’s latest survey of United States military power.

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https://news.usni.org/2021/10/21/navy-approaching-weak-rating-in-new-u-s-military-strength-survey

Panel: Pacts Like AUKUS Agreement, Quad Key to Countering China in the Pacific

An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, assigned to the ‘Wake Island Avengers’ of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VFMA) 211, launches from the flight deck of U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R-08), while the ship steams alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH-184), as the ships transit the Bay of Bengal as part of Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) on Oct. 17,...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/20/panel-pacts-like-aukus-agreement-quad-key-to-countering-china-in-the-pacific

10 Chinese, Russian Warships Sail Through Japanese Islands

Chinese and Russian Warships on Oct. 18, 2021. Japanese Self-Defense Force Photos

A combination of 10 Russian Navy and Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy ships sailed from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean through the Tsugaru Strait between Japanese home islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, Joint Staff of the Japan Self Defense Force said in a press statement.

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted the ships at on Monday, in waters about 70 miles southwest of Okushiri Island in...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/19/10-chinese-russian-warships-sail-through-japanese-islands

Samsung Heavy celebrates massive $1.7bn order with delivery dates pushed back to 2027

The busy docks at Samsung Heavy Industries have just got a sizeable extra chunk of business with delivery dates an extraordinary six years away. The Korean yard confirmed today a massive $1.7bn order to supply blocks, parts and designs for seven shuttle tankers thought to be for Novatek in Russia,...

https://splash247.com/samsung-heavy-celebrates-massive-1-7bn-order-with-delivery-dates-pushed-back-to-2027/

Navy Denies Russian Claims of Expelling U.S. Destroyer From Territorial Waters In Sea of Japan

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) sails in formation with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) in the Phillipine Sea on Oct. 3, 2021. U.S. Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy on Friday refuted Russian claims that it prevented a U.S. destroyer from crossing into its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan.

USS Chafee (DDG-90) was conducting “routine operations” and preparing for flight...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/15/navy-denies-russian-claims-of-expelling-u-s-destroyer-from-territorial-waters-in-sea-of-japan

Afghan Ambassador to U.S. Says Taliban Struggling to Govern a ‘Drastically’ Different Country

Evacuees load on to buses to be processed during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 22, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

The Taliban is struggling to govern a drastically changed country in Afghanistan, the nation’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.
The difficulties range from a massive humanitarian crisis affecting 18 million Afghans who lack food and medical care to an economic collapse that has closed markets across the country and a...

https://news.usni.org/2021/10/14/afghan-ambassador-to-u-s-says-taliban-struggling-to-govern-a-drastically-different-country

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