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Second Thomas Shoal

China Puts Squeeze on Philippine Reefs in South China Sea

Second Thomas Shoal has emerged as a South China Sea flashpoint, as China smothers Philippine aspirations to protect its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This...
The Indonesian Offshore Patrol Vessel KN Pulau Dana

Building Regional Response to Chinese Naval Build-up

Individual nations around the South China Sea, while not being able to match China’s maritime strength, are trying to add to, and modernise, their...

Philippine coastguard claims ‘laser’ harassment by China

A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Parola-class patrol vessel was menaced by a “military-grade” laser deployed from a trespassing China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel while...
Aeronautics Orbiter 4

Affordable Maritime Patrol

While nothing is cheap in defence, a range of less expensive capabilities might be enough, especially if networked with allies. The Indo-Pacific region has...
Philippine PCG MRRV 9701 -- PCG

Philippines receives first of two large coastguard vessels from Japan

The first of two 94 metre-long Multirole Response Vessels (MRRVs) on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has arrived home on 26 January....
Offshore Patrol Vessel BRP Tubbataha

Philippines receives first of 10 Japan-built MRRVs

The Japanese government has delivered the first of ten Japanese-built ‘Parola’ class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the BRP Tubbataha, to the Philippines’ Coast Guard...

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