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USS Ronald Reagan (Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord)

Starting next year, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will call Yokosuka, Japan its home port.   By Zachary Keck The Diplomat The U.S. Navy announced on Tuesday that it is replacing the aircraft carrier it forward deploys in Japan with a more recently commissioned one, in what the Navy portrayed as part of its effort to strengthen the U.S. military posture in the region. Read More …

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 Source: PRESS TV The United States and Japan are taking part in a huge naval exercise involving dozens of warships, submarines and aircraft off the island of Okinawa, amid heightened tensions with China. The AnnualEx 2013 war games, which kicked off on November 25, are designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of US naval forces and their Japanese counterparts, according to the US Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an apparent move against Japan – and the United States — China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of East China Sea, which includes the disputed Senkaku Islands. The “No-Fly Zone” took effect last November 23. In her announcement, China said that her military would take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft entered the area without Read More …

Led by the huge Nimitz-class carrier, this year's AnnualEX 2013 war games brought together dozens of warships from both navies to test their ability to work effectively in a volatile region.

By Paul Armstrong CNN USS George Washington, East China Sea (CNN) — The deafening roar of state-of-the-art warplanes being catapulted into the air from its huge flight deck signaled that the USS George Washington was back in combat mode after its recent detour to the Philippines to take part in the aid effort in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Barely a week on and Read More …

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By Manuel Mogato and Aubrey Belford The Star Online MANILA/TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s response to the devastation wrought by one of the world’s most powerful typhoons has been breathtaking. About 50 U.S. ships and aircraft have been mobilized in the disaster zone, including 10 C-130 transport planes, 12 V-22 Ospreys and 14 Seahawk helicopters air-dropping supplies from an aircraft carrier. The accelerating Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz You often hear the saying, “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” but seldom do you find a friend when you needed him most. This was put to a test when Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as “Yolanda”) struck Central Visayas creating a 25-foot tidal wave. In one clean swoop, Yolanda obliterated the coastal areas where it made landfall on Read More …

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BABE’S EYE VIEW By Babe Romualdez The Philippine Star  Saturday afternoon after Typhoon Yolanda pounded Central Visayas, I received a call from my cousin, Leyte 1st District Congressman Martin Romualdez, who described in a choking voice the overwhelming destruction in Leyte as “completely ravaged,” relaying that another cousin, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, almost lost his life and that his wife and children also had a Read More …

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By Michael Ballaban   Jalopnik.com Typhoon Haiyan absolutely decimated the Philippine city of Tacloban. Right now the death toll estimates are wavering in the thousands, but the number of survivors is exponentially more. They lack food, water, and medicine. And luckily, the US Navy has a massive ship that can get it there. After the storm bulldozed its way over the southeast Asian island nation, Read More …

U.S. Marines arrive in the Philippines to help with typhoon relief (Josh Diddams / U.S. Marines)

The U.S. dispatches a flotilla of aid, while China barely lifts a finger to help its neighbor By Mark Thompson TIME Magazine Washington is 8,600 miles (13,840 km) from the Philippines. Beijing is 1,800 miles (2,900 km) away. Yet while American aid is flowing across the Pacific to the hard-hit archipelago, where thousands have died, Chinese help is barely trickling across the South China Sea Read More …

A tugboat approaches the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier George Washington docked after its arrival at a Manila bay
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Source: MSN News WASHINGTON — The United States is sending the USS George Washington aircraft carrier and other ships to bolster relief efforts in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon killed thousands of people, U.S. officials said on Monday. The Pentagon, confirming an earlier Reuters report about the deployment, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had ordered the nuclear-power aircraft carrier and other ships “to make Read More …