US Navy Conducts ‘Unplanned’ Exercises With Taiwan In The West Pacific

US Navy Conducts ‘Unplanned’ Exercises With Taiwan In The West Pacific - Merchant Navy Info - News

Amid rising tensions between Taiwan and the People’s republic of China. The United States and also Taiwan conducted unannounced “unplanned” exercises in the western Pacific Ocean. During a “routine open sea encounter” between the two navies ahead of the inauguration of president-elect Lai Ching in Taiwan. The unannounced exercises came amid a series of high-profile exercises primarily involving surface vessels. From the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

The ships participated in trilateral interoperability, combat capability, and readiness training with the USS. Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group in mid-April. The trilateral exercise concluded with the start of Balikatan 24  in the Philippines, which Navy News previously reported. The Philippine military, US military, the Australian Defence Force, and for the first time. The French Navy participated in the Balikatan 24 military, Australian Defence Force. For the first time, the French Navy participated in Balikatan 24 maritime situational awareness. In addition to the traditional emphasis on interoperability, expeditionary capabilities, and operational readiness.

Operations By the Republic Of China

Small but significant operations by the Republic of China Navy (ROCN). The United States Navy (USN) took place during these planned exercises. According to reports, six vessels, ranging from supply ships to frigates, participated in the exercise. Activities ranged from basic communications and resupply operations to joint anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. According to Rear Admiral Sun Li-fang, spokesperson for Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND). The exercise was conducted in accordance with the Maritime Unexpected Encounters (CUES) regulations. Which govern the exchanges between different military forces at sea. 

A similar scenario occurred in 2016 under CUES when the DDG-90 USS. Chafee encountered two ROCN frigates, the Kang Ding and Cheng Ho. And the support ship Pan Shi, which had returned from a goodwill voyage. After CUES, both the USS Chaffee and the Taiwanese surface group. Established communications and exchanged range, speed, heading, and other navigational information to ensure safety. The revelation of these exercises came shortly after Taiwanese Chief of  Staff Admiral Mei Chia-hsiu was spotted in the US. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) change of command ceremony in Hawaii on May 3, 2024, but there was no official announcement or confirmation.

The Exercise

The exercise, similar to one conducted after a high-profile visit by Nancy Pelosi in 2022, involved a near-complete. The exercise, similar to one conducted after a high-profile visit by Nancy Pelosi in 2022, involved a near-complete. On May 29, Tiger Strike 2024 (TS 24), a bilateral exercise between the United States and Malaysia, kicked off just days. After China completes Joint Sword-2024A, 1,100 US marines from the USS Somerset LPD-25 will participate along with 300 members of the 10th Parachute Brigade. This year’s  Tiger Strike will focus on amphibious warfare, multi-domain awareness, and the use of unmanned aerial systems. Tiger Strike 2024 is scheduled for May 31 to June 6. 

In early June, the United States, Japan, and South Korea announced an upcoming trilateral exercise called Freedom Edge, which combines Freedom Shield and Keen Edge. The exercise is two separate exercises in which the United States will participate along with South Korea and Japan, respectively. This joint training will be the first of its kind between Japan, South Korea, and the United States. These high-profile exercises in the Western Pacific serve as the basis for Rim of the Pacific 2024 (RIMPAC24), scheduled for June 28-August 2. This year’s biennial exercise, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, will involve 29 nations, 40 surface ships, three submarines, 14 armed forces, more than 150 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel.

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