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TIME ASEAN TURNED TO US for maritime cooperation

China’s accelerated construction activities in the South China Sea have further intensified the ongoing maritime disputes between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbours, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam. More than just complicating the nature of the ongoing disputes at the expense of other claimant states, China’s land reclamation activities signal its growing military assertiveness, as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) moves towards “peripheral defence” and consolidation of its strategic depth in the area. China’s man-made islands fortify its already expansive presence in the contested areas, fulfilling Beijing’s broader grand strategy of dominating adjacent waters, particularly vital Sea Lines of Communication (SLOCs) such as the South China Sea.

The ongoing construction activities could very well pave the way for the establishment of a Chinese Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the area, as Beijing completes a network of airstrips and military garrisons across the Paracel and Spratly chain of islands. There are real implications for freedom of navigation and flight in the area. Multilateral naval force There are growing fears – especially in Manila and Hanoi – that China would increasingly interfere with activities of other littoral countries when it comes to marine surveillance and research, fishing activities, as well as hydrocarbon exploration and development in the South China Sea.

Most fundamentally, China’s actions represent a direct challenge to the sovereignty claims of neighbouring states, undermining their ability to lawfully exercise jurisdiction, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, within their Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. What is at stake is no less than the vital interests of a number of Asean 1 countries as well as the US’s naval primacy in the Pacific. The situation demands no less than a more robust American counter-strategy, given the limited capabilities of Southeast Asian claimant states to rein in China’s territorial assertiveness on their own.

But America need not act unilaterally, nor should its response be primarily military. The best way forward is a cooperative approach, with Washington utilising its unique “convening power” to assemble a coalition of forces to ensure maritime stability in the region. In a recent meeting with Asean 2 naval leaders, Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, called for Southeast Asian nations to form a multilateral naval force in order to carry out cooperative patrols in the South Sea.

This proposal resembles existing practices in the area such as the joint anti-piracy patrols in the Malacca Strait, carried out by Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Apart from a joint patrol force, the US has also proposed the establishment of a South China Sea International Operations Centre in Indonesia. The proposal was forwarded by Commander Harry B Harris of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) in a Congressional hearing at end 2014.

The centre was proposed to be established in Jakarta, the capital of Asean’s informal leader, which has no direct claim in the South China Sea but has repeatedly expressed its willingness to mediate the disputes between Beijing and Asean 3 countries.

The proposed centre would represent a vital element of broader international efforts to ensure maritime security and freedom of navigation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The above proposals reflect Washington’s preference for a cooperative strategy to manage emerging threats to regional security.

Young Americans who inspire pride

This is my first weekend visiting my daughter and her family thousands of miles south of Carson City, where we re having dinner in a downtown restaurant with seven members of the American embassy s Marine Security Guard detachment. My son-in-law spent three years in two different Marine Security Guard detachments, so he likes to keep contact with them where he now works in private industry. These are great guys: clean-cut, respectful, filled with youthful energy but aware of the seriousness of their assignment and the responsibility they carry.

When on duty, they stand out from other embassy personnel in their distinctive dress uniform or their BDUs; in their civilian clothes they still wear their pride outwardly. Marines are not stationed at our embassies to get in gun battles with local bad guys, despite what Hollywood depicts. They have, on rare occasions, exchanged small arms fire with attackers to delay a possible invasion and give time for local authorities to respond.

Their real mission, though, is to protect the classified material that s housed in the embassy building: documents and communications equipment that s supposed to be secured at the end of each day and that would have to be destroyed if the building was taken over by an unruly mob. Tonight they are relaxing with friends, and there s no swagger, no ostentatious display of military toughness just friendly banter and conversation about life after this assignment. These guys are good, but not boastful; they know they are fit and tough and don t need to prove it.

Several had combat tours behind them, including at least one Purple Heart from Afghanistan. Tomorrow they will be standing guard at the embassy s front door, the first official American every visitor to our building sees. Or they ll be inspecting the embassy after hours, looking for classified documents that were inadvertently thrown in the waste basket rather than the burn bag, and writing up offenders from the lowliest clerk to the ambassador himself.

I ll admit to having received two such pink slips during my career. As we talked around the table, I learned where they came from, where they had served before the embassy guard program, and future plans. The Marine to my left hoped to start training as a smoke-jumper with the California Forestry Department.

Next to him was an older Marine who was going to make a career of his service. And across the table sat a young man who planned to start his own trucking business in Texas. My dinner companions were the age of protestors who had trashed Ferguson, Mo., for the past few months, but there were no sagging pants or coarse language at this table.

Nor did they dream of free handouts from the government; they planned instead to be productive members of society when they finished their commitment and left the corps.

It was impossible not to compare them to the ill-kempt people in baggy clothes we all saw on TV breaking into a convenience store in Missouri, and wonder why our President and Attorney General didn t challenge the youth in Ferguson to act like differently instead of the way they did.

These guys feel good about America s future, and they make me feel the same way

Ingalls awarded contract for eighth National sk© Security SAVER SALE Cutter

MARCH 30, 2015 Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) reports that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $499.8 million fixed-price incentive contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build an eighth National Security Cutter, Midgett (WMSL 757). “We are performing extremely well in this program, proving the point that serial production is the most efficient and effective way to build complex military ships,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ National Security Cutter program manager. “We continue to fold in learning for each ship we build, and the three under construction right now are tracking well because of this knowledge.” Ingalls has delivered four National Security Cutters to the Coast Guard and currently has three more under construction: James (WMSL 754), Munro (WMSL 755) and Kimball (WMSL 756). These ships will be delivered in 2015, 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Midgett is scheduled to deliver in 2019. National Security Cutters, the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, are designed to replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters, which entered service during the 1960s. NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load.

They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120. The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft.

It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions.

The Legend-class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

Marine hospitalized after accidental on-base shooting

Lance Cpl. Dan Cary, 19, a Marine Security Forces Guard, is recovering after suffering a gunshot wound aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., on March 24. His mother described it as a “negligent discharge.” (Photo: Courtesy) The shooting of a Marine Corps Security Forces Guard aboard a naval base in Georgia last week remains under investigation, according to Marine officials.

Lance Cpl. Dan Cary, 19, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, was shot in the abdomen on March 24 while preparing for a security drill aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. While Corps officials declined to detail the incident citing the ongoing investigation, the Marine’s mother, Josie Cary, said she was told it was caused by a “negligent discharge” of an M16 service rifle.

Dan Cary, who joined the Corps in 2013, was waiting for the security drill to start when a rifle went off and he was shot, Josie Cary said. She received news of the incident at about 8:45 p.m. that night.

Told her son had walked it off, she found the situation was more serious when she arrived at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, where he was taken for treatment.

His stint would include time in the intensive care unit.

Gost Showcases New Technology at 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it will highlight its newest recreational marine products at the 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show in Palm Beach, Florida, March 26 through 29. GOST will be located in street booth #829.

Offering cutting edge security solutions for yachts, GOST will proudly highlight its GOST Watch HD H2O video surveillance system. Housed in a compact, IP67 certified waterproof, impact-resistant, fiberglass container, the unit can be installed quickly and includes a high-speed 4G LTE data communicator, gateways for up to six cameras, a control unit and a GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder. The unit allows for 90 days of continuous recording and the ability to watch and control cameras online securely from anywhere in the world using a simple web interface.

GOST will also showcase its GOST Watch HD system’s integration with FLIR M-Series cameras. Developed in partnership with FLIR, vessels equipped with M-Series thermal cameras can now remotely access and stream video surveillance with an easy-to-use, web-based pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) and mode control interface via the GOST Watch HD website. The website features an on-screen puck that allows users to remotely control their camera just as if they were at the helm with the FLIR puck in hand.

A one touch “Surveillance Scan” button allows users to instantly perform a peripheral sweep of the area immediately surrounding the vessel.

The GOST Watch HD apps also allow customers to access and view their cameras from iPhone or Android mobile devices. “The Palm Beach International Boat Show always provides a great forum to interact with many security conscious boaters,” said Jay Keenan, president and CEO, GOST. “We are excited to demonstrate the value and outstanding capabilities provided by our GOST Watch HD H20, as well as all of the latest products in our award-winning line of monitoring, tracking and surveillance systems.” For more information on GOST and its full line of security products, contact [email protected] 1 or visit 2 , or stop by street booth #829.

India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties – MarineLink

India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea. Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday, his first overseas trip since being appointed in November. Parrikar also met his counterpart Gen Nakatani as part of the 29 March-1 April visit.

A strong India-Japan partnership is not only in the national interest of the two countries but is also important for peace and security in the region, defence ministry said in a statement, citing Abe. Parrikar said he would like to see a strong partnership with Japan in defence equipment and technology, according to the statement. The statement said Parrikar and Nakatani briefed each other on the security environment surrounding each country and their respective defence policies. “They reviewed strategic developments relating to international security situation with emphasis on the inter-connected Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

The 24- nation construct is a path-breaking grouping of countries, including some neighbours of China, to share all maritime shipping data to ensure that all vessels at sea are accounted for. This will include all vessels at sea, including warships , sources said. While the exchange of data would deal primarily with merchant shipping, both India and Japan remain worried about China’s expanding trans-border military capabilities as well as its assertive behaviour in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the contentious South and East China Seas where it is embroiled in territorial disputes with its neighbours.

India is looking to buy from Japan specialized amphibian plane and also Japanese-built diesel-electric Soryu class submarines. Both the countries agreed to speed up talks on exports of the US-2 rescue flying boat of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (SDF) to India. Nakatani said Japan plans to let the SDF join US-India joint naval drills again this year.

In September, Japan and India pledged to upgrade their security relationship to uphold maritime security and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

India also invited Japan last July to participate for the first time in annual naval exercises with the US in the Pacific Ocean.

Fugitive LAPD rookie once had a ‘straight arrow’ reputation

The haunting last image of Henry Solis in the United States was taken by a security camera at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border. It shows the rookie Los Angeles police officer, dressed in blue jeans and a brown leather jacket, looking up at the camera as his father escorts him into Mexico. Authorities allege the photo captures an escape plan swiftly hatched after Solis, 27, fatally shot a man after an argument near downtown Pomona’s nightlife district on March 13.

Solis called his father, who told authorities he drove his son 800 miles to El Paso, according to an affidavit. Solis, authorities said, vowed never to be seen again. Now, as police hunt for the fugitive, friends and family are left trying to understand how a young man who served as a Marine in Iraq and spoke excitedly about patrolling the streets of Los Angeles could be a murder suspect on the run.

They remember a charming, clean-cut man who politely addressed women at bars as “miss” and had little sympathy for cops who broke their oath. Even authorities are struck by the contradictions. “We consider him armed and dangerous,” said FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola, noting that several weapons Solis had access to are missing. “I don’t know if there’s a threat to the general public at large. His past behavior doesn’t indicate that other than that one night.” Fueled by a desire to serve Maria De Lourdes Solis was 19 when she gave birth to Henry shortly after midnight on July 29, 1987, at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to his birth certificate.

He grew up in Boyle Heights and the Antelope Valley, according to federal officials and his Facebook page. He also spent significant time in San Elizario a small city along the Rio Grande just outside El Paso where his dad purchased two modest homes, according to property records. In the summer of 2005 as his peers celebrated high school graduations Solis enlisted with the Marines.

He was deployed on Operation Iraqi Freedom for a seven-month tour of duty, part of President George W. Bush’s troop surge, according to his military record. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009, and Garriola said Solis served in several foreign countries as a member of the Marine Security Guard, an elite unit charged with protecting classified information at American embassies and providing security to diplomatic staff.

It was a prestigious post befitting a “straight arrow” like Solis, according to a Marine who served with him in several countries and spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He wasn’t like a normal college kid going out, getting drunk and taking selfies,” he said. “He was driven.” Solis left the Marines in 2011, and during the next year, he told friends on his Facebook page that he had moved to El Paso and was taking classes at a community college there, with plans to transfer to a university.

Obangame Express 2015 Concludes in the Gulf of Guinea

Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, and the United States and several regional and international organizations concluded the multinational maritime exercise, Obangame Express 2015, March 27. Obangame Express, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), was designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinea nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.

Exercise Obangame Express, now in its fifth year, is one of four U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa-facilitated regional exercises. The exercise is part of a comprehensive strategy by U.S.

Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S.

6th Fleet and AFRICOM to provide collaborative opportunities amongst African forces and international partners that addresses maritime security concerns. The exercise sought to leverage the Code of Conduct for West and Central Africa, which provides a regional framework for cooperation and information sharing. The exercise lasted nine days and included a two-phase underway portion that encompassed a regional framework, and then transitioned to an emphasis on national patrols.

The Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) exercised information sharing practices during the event. Specific skill sets exercised included boarding techniques, search and rescue operations, medical casualty response, radio communication, and information management techniques. The maritime security challenges threaten global trade and the economies of the countries in the region, requiring collaborative effort to combat, stated Ghana Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur. “We have some examples of the impact of the collaborative efforts between local stakeholders and the sub-regional partners that confirm the value of partnership.

It is for this reason I am calling on the participating navies especially those from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Economic Community of Central African State (ECCAS) to use this exercise as a foundation to enhance their cooperation to ensure a safe maritime security environment.

Vice Adm.

James Foggo, Commander, U.S