US Navy Under Siege

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The US Navy is facing two separate crises around the world, one in the Red Sea and one in the South China Sea. China has accused the US Navy of violating its sovereignty when it patrolled near a man made island. Its foreign ministry issued a protest.

China’s fleet is now close to being equal in tonnage to the US Navy. Its experience, maritime culture, and weapon systems are not as developed as the US Navy’s, but it is starting to become a serious contender. The Hill reports:

China has accused a U.S. Navy ship of violating its sovereignty after the USS Gabrielle Giffords appeared near the Second Thomas Shoal, a submerged reef in the South China Sea.

The ship “undermined regional peace and stability” and demonstrated that the U.S. “is the biggest threat” to peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Concurrently, a US Destroyer has been engaging with Houthi militias. The Houthi have been wreaking havoc on shipping in the area, threatening to seize ships or sink enemy ones. This will undoubtedly have impacts on maritime insurance rates. Fox News says:

Three commercial vessels were attacked in the Red Sea on Sunday, prompting a U.S. warship to shoot down multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) headed toward them.

“Today, there were four attacks against three separate commercial vessels operating in international waters in the southern Red Sea,” a statement by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) explained. “These three vessels are connected to 14 separate nations.”

Following the end of World War I, Britain was also at its peak in power but was also committed to the global defense. Falling budgets forced it to abandon the Pacific Ocean, which the Japanese and Americans contested. The US Navy will have to be well drilled and alert to prevent a similar fate.

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