Chinese has long historical memories of British men-of-war in the South China Seas, dating back to the humiliations of the Opium Wars. But while Beijing warns London not to get engaged in the area’s complex maritime disputes, it may be getting worked up over nothing: the United Kingdom’s defense budget for 2019 appears insufficient to ensure a continuous presence by the Royal Navy in global commons. On Monday, British finance minister Philip Hammond pledged an extra US$1.3 billion for the country’s new nuclear submarine program and the modernization of its anti-submarine warfare and offensive cyber capabilities. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, many British leaders believe this is not nearly enough for Britannia to rule the waves. According to a recent report by the House of Commons Defense Committee, the UK needs a $25.5 billion increase in military funding to address present and future challenges. This means it … [Read more...] about Should China fuss about Royal Navy in South China Sea?
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caption A crane moves the lower stern into place on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, making the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier 50% structurally complete, June 22, 2017. source US Navy The USS John F. Kennedy is the second of the Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The Kennedy reached 70% completion in late February. Construction on the Kennedy started in February 2011. The USS John F. Kennedy, the second of the Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, reached 70% completion in late February, according to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. Like the first-in-class Gerald R. Ford, the Kennedy’s construction is being done with a modular technique, in which smaller parts of the ship are welded together to form larger chunks, called … [Read more...] about The US Navy’s next advanced aircraft carrier is 70% complete — watch the latest 888-ton chuck drop into place
The USS Growler was the US Navy’s first attempt to create a submarine that could a nuclear missile. The submarine was commissioned from 1958 to 1964. It now rests in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The submarine was integral as a nuclear deterrent during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The USS Growler, along with sister ship the USS Grayback, was the US Navy’s first attempt to create a purpose-built submarine that would act as a nuclear deterrent. Commissioned in August 1958, it was the second and final of the ships in the Grayback class, which were unusual due to the fact that they were diesel-electric submarines equipped with Regulus I nuclear cruise missiles. The missiles were powerful enough to wipe out New York City, along with parts of New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester. The US Navy shifted its nuclear deterrence program shortly after towards nuclear-powered submarines … [Read more...] about See inside the first nuclear-armed submarine in the US, which could fire a nuclear missile powerful enough to wipe out New York City
The US Navy conducted a test intercept on Wednesday of its SM-3 Block IIA missile, part of the larger Aegis Ashore missile defense system. The test was reportedly a failure according to administration officials, though the Pentagon has not confirmed the result. The reported failure comes as tensions with North Korea are high, and as Japan plans to buy the system for its own defense. The US Navy reportedly conducted a failed ballistic missile intercept test on Wednesday, the second failed test involving a SM-3 Block IIA in a year. The missile was fired from an Aegis Ashore missile defense station in Hawaii and missed its intended target, which was launched from an aircraft. The Department of Defense confirmed to CNN that a test had taken place, but did not mention the result. “The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire … [Read more...] about US Navy ballistic missile intercept reportedly fails in Hawaii for 2nd time in a year
A crash involving a B-52 Stratofortress bomber over Spain in 1966 resulted in four nuclear bombs being lost for 81 days. The bombs were not armed, meaning there was no chance of a nuclear detonation. The US personnel involved in the search and Spaniards in the area have lived with the legacy of the accident in the half-century since. Early on the morning of January 16, 1966, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber took off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. The bomber headed toward Europe, where it would patrol near the borders of the Soviet Union with four nuclear weapons, part of Operation Chrome Dome, a Cold War program to provide 24-hour rapid-response capabilities in case of war. During its return to the US the next day, the B-52 was to rendezvous with a KC-135 tanker for refueling over Spain. Capt. Charles Wendorf, the 29-year-old Air Force pilot at the controls of the bomber, asked his staff pilot, Maj. … [Read more...] about The US Air Force lost 4 nuclear bombs in Spain 52 years ago — and the disaster is still being felt now