freedom of navigation

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Chinese Navy Seizes U.S. Oceanographic Glider in the South China Sea

Compiled by South China Sea News team 17 December 2016 On 15 December, a Chinese naval ship seized a research glider launched by a U.S. Navy’s USNS Bowditch oceanographic ship working in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said. The incident occurred about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay. The following is a compilation … Continue reading

USS Harpers Ferry Completes South China Sea Patrol

The dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) conducted a transit through the South China Sea on 4 August, according to a report on the official website of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. “All watch standers were vigilant in their duties throughout the night, ensuring timely effective reports to the pilothouse and CIC [combat … Continue reading

The U.S. FON Program in the South China Sea

By: Lynn Kuok East Asia Policy Paper Series | Number 9 of 9, Brooking Institution, June 2016 U.S. freedom of navigation (FON) operations have recently come under scrutiny with assertions near contested features in the South China Sea. While some question whether they are necessary, there are strong legal and practical imperatives supporting their conduct. … Continue reading

Full statement of US Dept. Defense on USS William P. Lawrence’s FONOP past Fiery Cross Reef

Source: Sam LaGrone USNI News, May 10, 2016 The following is the May 10, 2016 statement  on USS William P. Lawrence’s FONOP past Fiery Cross Reef from the Pentagon. The Department of Defense conducted a routine freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on the morning of May 10 (evening of May 9 in the U.S.), specifically in … Continue reading

Chinese Ambassador to UK: Stop meddling in the South China Sea

On 4 May, the Times and its website published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled ” Stop meddling in the South China Sea”. The full text is as follows: The issue of the South China Sea is being ramped up by those in the US and the UK who accuse China of causing … Continue reading

U.S. Department of Defense Freedom of Navigation Report for Fiscal Year 2015

Below is a summary of excessive maritime claims that were challenged by DoD operational assertions and activities during the period of October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015, in order to preserve the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations under international law: Argentina Prior notification required for … Continue reading

US Air Contingent in Philippines conducts first flight mission to South China Sea

Four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and two HH-60G Pave Hawks, part of American Air Contingent newly established at Air Clark Base in the Philippines, began first air and maritime situational awareness flight mission in the vicinity of Scaborough Shoal on April 19, according to a report by US Pacific Air Forces. “The A-10s and HH-60s conducted a … Continue reading

Exclusion Zones in the Law of Armed Conflict at Sea: Evolution in Law and Practice

Exclusion Zones in the Law of Armed Conflict at Sea: Evolution in Law and Practice Sandesh Sivakumaran 92 International Law Studies 153 (2016) Stockton Center for the Study of International Law INTRODUCTION Maritime exclusion zones have been described as “one of the most controversial issues in the law of armed conflict at sea” and as an … Continue reading

Patrolling Disputed Waters, U.S. and China Jockey for Dominance

By Helene Cooper The New York Times March 30, 2016 ABOARD THE U.S.S. CHANCELLORSVILLE, in the South China Sea — The Navy cruiser was in disputed waters off the Spratly Islands when the threat warning sounded over the ship’s intercom: “Away the Snoopie team. … Away the Snoopie team.” As the sailors of the “Snoopie team” … Continue reading

US-China Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Rules of Behavior for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters

On November 10, 2014, the Department of Defense of the United States of America and the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China signed the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Rules of Behavior for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters (herinafter referred to as “Memorandum”). The Memorandum was jointly announced by President … Continue reading

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