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Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

China cancels U.S. ship port call amid tensions

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:15 AM

It is the latest cancellation by China, which earlier this month denied requests for two US Navy ships to dock in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by protests seeking to preserve the city's autonomy

This photo taken on August 6, 2019 shows containers stacked at Qingdao port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province. China's good shipments abroad beat expectations to rise in July while its purchases continued to shrink, official data showed on August 8. STR / AFP

Joint naval patrols can assert arbitral win in West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Joining naval powers in peaceful patrols in the West Philippine Sea effectively enforces the Philippines' legal victory over China, says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

JOINT PATROLS. A Philippine Navy contingent joined the Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii in June 2018. Photo from the Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office

LOOK: U.S. Navy combat ship USS Montgomery makes Davao City port visit

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:35 PM

USS Montgomery commanding officer Commander Edward Rosso says the visit demonstrates America's 'commitment to maritime security in the region'

DAVAO VISIT. The USS Montgomery, an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy, arrives in Davao City afternoon of June 29 for a visit. Rappler photo

U.S. to continue West PH Sea patrols despite China's disapproval

May 16, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'We'll consistently be present,' says United States Navy chief Admiral John Richardson

ON PATROL. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

WATCH: USS Blue Ridge visits the Philippines

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The USS Blue Ridge is the US Navy's most advanced command ship. Watch why the visit matters.

MANILA VISIT. A United States Navy ship stops off the coast of Manila Bay on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: U.S. Navy's most advanced commanding ship docks in Manila

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The USS Blue Ridge is manned by over 1,000 sailors, of whom around 150 are Filipino Americans excited to drop by their home on the other side of the world

MANILA VISIT. USS Blue Ridge stops by off the coast of Manila on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The US Navy says the crew 'was immediately and safely recovered'

USS RONALD REAGAN. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. File photo courtesy of US Navy

Top Australia defense firm reports serious cyber breach

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Austal is an Australian shipbuilding company that makes small, quick ships for warfare close to shore, and has major US Navy contracts


US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in PH as China parades might

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Australian long range guided missile frigate HMAS Anzac, and Japanese destroyer JS Akizuki arrive in the Philippines for port visits as China holds a large naval parade in the South China Sea

RECEPTION. Ambassador Sung Kim holds a reception aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 300 guests on April 13, 2018

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy finally retires World War 2 warship

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:31 PM

The BRP Rajah Humabon is a 75-year-old Cannon-class destroyer of the US Navy acquired by the Philippines in 1976

RETIRED. BRP Rajah Humabon served the Philippine Navy for 38 years

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Bulacueña serves on US Navy’s largest amphibious warship

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla hails from Baliuag, Bulacan

IN THE NAVY. Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla is serving aboard the USS Boxer, which is based in San Diego, California. Photo from the US Navy Office of Community Outreach

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The decision to abandon the search and rescue comes after two days of operations involving 7 ships from the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force, 3 helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft

WORKHORSE. A file photo of a C-2A "Greyhound" which is a re-supply workhorse for US aircraft carriers, routinely ferrying cargo, mail and people onto and off the globally deployed vessels. A similar C-2A with 11 people on board went down Wednesday afternoon, November 22, southeast of Okinawa. From wikipedia commons

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The families of the missing sailors are notified after a C-2A 'Greyhound' aircraft with 11 people on board went down November 22, around 930 kilometers (500 nautical miles) southeast of Okinawa

'GREYHOUND' In this July 20, 2004 file photo, a C-2A Greyhound lands on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jason D. Landon

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8 rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) The government in Tokyo says it had been informed 8 people had been plucked to safety, and that US authorities says engine trouble was the suspected cause of the accident

AT SEA. In this file photo, the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg

U.S. warship collisions raise cyberattack fears

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:08 PM

A spate of incidents involving US warships in Asia including a deadly collision this week off Singapore has forced the navy to consider whether cyberattackers might be to blame

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Remains found on U.S. warship that collided off Singapore – U.S. Navy

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The US Navy announces a fleet wide global investigation following the latest deadly warship collision the second in two months

SCOTT SWIFT. Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to reporters during a press conference at Changi naval base in Singapore on August 22, 2017. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

U.S. launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Analysts say the accident which comes after June s collision off Japan involving a US warship raises questions about whether the US Navy is overstretched in Asia

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Commander dismissed after U.S. Navy ship crashed off Japan

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:33 AM

About a dozen sailors are expected to be disciplined in total

DAMAGED. US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at its mother port US Naval Yokosuka Base, Kanagawa prefecture on June 17, 2017. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

U.S. Navy probes destroyer crash that killed 7 in Japan

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:06 AM

3rd UPDATE The US navy and Japan s coastguard are conducting separate inquiries but will likely be co operating a spokesman for Japan s transport safety board says

COLLISION POINT. This photo shows damages on the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald at its mother port in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo on June 18, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Bodies of U.S. sailors found in flooded destroyer after Japan crash

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:55 AM

4th UPDATE The US Navy says a number of missing sailors are found dead in damaged areas of a destroyer that collided with a Philippine flagged container ship off Japan s coast

DAMAGED. US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at its mother port US Naval Yokosuka Base, Kanagawa prefecture on June 17, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

DFA 'closely monitoring' sea collision off Japan

Jun 17, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says is it coordinating with the governments of US and Japan to determine the extent of damage the number of casualties especially if any Filipino nationals are involved

USS Fitzgerald file photo from Wikipedia

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At Balikatan, Fil-Am Navy man fills communication gap

May 16, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Balikatan 2017 is also Hospital Corpsman Patrick Intal s first homecoming

TEACHER. HM3 Patrick Intal shows Casiguran children how to use a stethoscope. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

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U.S. launches missile strike on Syria airbase

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED President Donald Trump orders the massive military response in retaliation for the deadly April 4 chemical attack being blamed on the Assad regime

MISSILE STRIKE. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile while conducting naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price

Top U.S. Navy officers face probe over orgies in Manila, pricey meals in HK

Mar 15, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis is at the center of the sprawling bribery investigation who admitted his port services company plied officers with cash prostitutes and other perks to ensure US Navy ships stopped at ports where his firm operated

SETTING SUN. The sun sets behind US Navy ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) docked at the Manila Pier in Manila on March 5, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

IN PHOTOS: PH officials aboard USS Carl Vinson in South China Sea

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:45 AM

UPDATED The United States Navy gives a tour of the massive aircraft carrier as it conducts routine operations in the disputed waters

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

VLOG: Mga Fil-Am sa U.S. amphibious ship John P. Murtha

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Filipino American members of the US Navy say it helps that Filipinos know the value of hard work

U.S. warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Strait of Hormuz

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:07 AM

The shots fired by the destroyer USS Mahan on Sunday January 8 put an end to the incident which US officials denounced as unsafe and unprofessional

USS Mahan (DDG 72) in the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise Mediterranean Shark, Sept 27, 2002. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Rex Nelson

Former SEAL on Bin Laden raid to forfeit book proceeds

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Matt Bissonnette will pay the US government some 6 8 million in book royalties and speaking fees

AUTOBIOGRAPHY. An unidentified man reads 'No Easy Day' outside the Strand bookstore in New York, USA, 04 September 2012. File photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Meet Fil-Am Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:47 PM

It is hard work not gender according to Bolivar that has been a factor in her success

COMMANDER. Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, the first female Filipino-American official of the United States Armed Forces, talks about the role of women in peace and security and disaster response efforts. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

US fighter planes arrive in Philippines for training mission

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines longtime ally deploys the aircraft to train Filipino pilots as Manila remains locked in an increasingly tense maritime dispute with Beijing

US FIGHTER PLANE. An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches while Sailors taxi another EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ-133 to an adjacent catapult on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Photo from the US Navy

US submarine tender arrives in Palawan

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:22 PM

More than 500 American sailors and mariners among them Filipino Americans will relax in the island and spend time doing community service projects

PORT VISIT. Sailors and mariners manning the US submarine tender USS Frank Cable will spend time with communities in Palawan. File photo from US Navy web site

US Navy ends base restrictions for sailors in Japan

Jun 10, 2016 - 9:11 PM

The US Navy adds an alcohol ban for sailors in the country also imposed Monday will be maintained

OKINAWA. A file picture dated May 19, 2015 shows US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircrafts sitting on the tarmac at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma surrounded by overcrowded residential areas in Ginowan on Okinawa Island, southwestern Japan. File photo by Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

US Navy officer charged with passing secrets to foreign nations

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:02 AM

The Navy declines confirming his identity but provides a heavily redacted copy of a charge sheet that outlines four charges against an officer of Lin s rank

EDWARD LIN. In this December 3, 2008 US Navy handout photo, shows Lt. Edward Lin, a native of Taiwan, shares his personal stories about his journey to American citizenship to 80 newly nationalized citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii. File photo by Navy Visual News Service/AFP

US Navy ship missing for 95 years found near San Francisco

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:56 PM

No human remains were found but the wreckage is protected by a law prohibiting unauthorized disturbance of sunken military vessels and planes

AFTER 95 YEARS. The USS Conestoga tug boat, which disappeared on March 25, 1921 after departing San Francisco on its way to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, was the last US Navy ship to be lost in peacetime. File photo from Wikipedia

Iran releases US sailors seized in Gulf

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:12 PM

3rd UPDATE The sailors – 9 men and a woman – are freed after being seized in the Gulf

epa05099360 A handout picture made available by the US Navy on 13 January 2016 shows a Riverine command boat from Riverine Detachment 23 operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) (not pictured) during a maritime air support operations center exercise in the Arabian sea, at sea, 12 June 2012. Two US naval vessels were detained on 13 January 2016 by Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf, but US defense officials said the sailors on board the ships were not in any danger. After losing contact with the 'two small naval craft,' which media reportedly to be two Riverine patrol boats, US officials established communication with Iranian authorities 'who have informed us of the safety and well-being of our personnel,' the Pentagon said. The Pentagon has received assurances the sailors would be allowed to continue their journey promptly. They were en route from Kuwait to Bahrain when they were detained. EPA/US NAVY/ZANE ECKLUND HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

US finds wreckage believed to be missing freighter El Faro

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:31 AM

El Faro was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico on October 1 when it was caught in a ferocious storm in the Bahamas

FOUND. In a video frame grab released 05 October 2015, a heavily damaged life boat from the cargo ship El Faro is seen in video released by the US Coast Guard during search operation in the Caribbean Ocean, 04 October 2015. EPA/US COAST GUARD / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Game changer: America vs China in the West Philippine Sea

Oct 28, 2015 - 9:06 AM

America s deployment of destroyers means that China’s leadership is bound to come under tremendous pressure to respond accordingly This is a battle for leadership in Asia

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One dead as US Navy jet crashes near UK base – police

Oct 21, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The US Navy single seat F A 18 Hornet had taken off from RAF Lakenheath airforce base in Suffolk but was not reported to be linked to the facility

US submarine makes port call in Subic

Aug 04, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The US embassy says the submarine is capable of supporting intelligence surveillance reconnaissance anti submarine warfare anti surface ship warfare and strike missions

ADVANCED SUBMARINE? The USS Chicago arrives in Subic Bay as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey Jay Price

US wants more countries to join war games with PH

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:37 PM

The new commander of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift welcomes the controversial war games between the Philippines and Japan

BALIKATAN AS MULTILATERAL WAR GAMES. The commander of the US Pacific Fleet welcomes war games between the Philippines and US. Rappler file photo