Australian amphibious assault ships encounter Chinese navy in South China Sea

 Australian amphibious assault ships encounter Chinese navy in South China Sea

In addition to the U.S. Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the Australian Navy have also frequently appeared in the South China Sea recently. Australian media reported on the 22nd that the Australian amphibious assault ship Canberra encountered the Chinese Navy during a drill in the South China Sea last week. The Australian Department of Defense said unplanned interactions with foreign warships were conducted in a safe and professional manner..

Canberra amphibious assault ship participating in US Japan Australia joint exercise source: US Pacific Fleet

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on July 22, Australian warships encountered and interacted with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea. At that time, Australian warships approached Nansha Islands and reefs. According to ABC News Network, Australian warships did not enter these islands and reefs within 12 nautical miles as before.

The Australian fleet that encountered the PLA Navy included the Australian Navy amphibious assault ship Canberra, the destroyer Hobart, the frigate Stewart, the frigate Aranda and the integrated supply ship Sirius, which were participating in military exercises in the South China Sea.

The Australian Navys unplanned interaction with foreign warships was conducted in a safe and professional manner throughout the deployment process, the Australian Defense Department said in a statement. The activities carried out during the deployment are part of the Australian Defence Forces annual routine activities throughout the Indo Pacific region. Australia is committed to building a secure, open and prosperous India Pacific region. Australia often works with regional partners to address common security challenges.

The Australian Department of defense did not mention the exact time of the encounter.

After finishing military exercises in the South China Sea, the Australian Navy went to the waters east of the Philippines to conduct joint exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the US Navy Reagan battle group. After the United States Japan Australia joint maritime exercise, the Australian Navys Canberra fleet will go to Hawaii to participate in the upcoming Pacific rim-2020 multinational joint naval exercise.

Japans maritime self defense forces are conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea and the Western Pacific with the US Navys Reagan aircraft carrier battle group and the Australian Navys Canberra amphibious assault ship fleet in the South China Sea and the Western Pacific, according to a news release on its official social media account on July 21.

Japan Maritime Self defense force, US Navy and Australian Navy

Australian media said that a similar navigation activity of the Australian Navy in the South China Sea last year was also closely watched by the Chinese military.

Since the U.S. carrier Nimitz and Reagan returned to service in the Indo Pacific region, the U.S. Navy, which has recovered its combat effectiveness, has frequently held military exercises in the South China Sea, in an attempt to make waves in the South China Sea. On July 17, two aircraft carrier battle groups, Nimitz and Reagan, entered the South China Sea for the second dual carrier exercise this month.

Since this month, PLA warships have frequently appeared near US warships in the South China Sea, closely monitoring US aircraft carriers and other surface vessels in the South China Sea.

The photos taken by US military reporters on July 2 local time showed that the Chinese Navys 054A missile frigate closely tracked and monitored the US Navys Littoral Combat Ship Gabriel Giffords. Before that, the Littoral Combat Ship had sailed close by our Haiyang 4 research ship.

Gabriel Giffords Littoral Combat Ship and my 054A frigate in the same frame

In addition to Littoral Combat vessels, the PLA Navys surface ships also monitored US aircraft carriers. They (the PLA Navy) saw us, and we saw them We expect the interaction between the two navies to always be professional and safe. We work in some rather crowded waters, where the sea traffic is very heavy.

The Ministry of foreign affairs and the Ministry of national defense of our country have responded many times to the incident that foreign navies have come to the South China Sea to disturb the situation in the South China Sea. At a regular press conference held on July 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that at present, with the joint efforts of countries in the region, the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea has remained generally stable and developing well. Under this situation, some foreign countries, proceeding from their own private interests, frequently speculated on the issues related to the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and even sent large-scale advanced warships and aircraft into the relevant sea areas to promote militarization and threaten regional peace and stability. China firmly opposes this and urges relevant countries to recognize the mainstream and general trend of regional development and respect the efforts of regional countries to maintain peace and stability in the relevant maritime areas.

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