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On The Radar

Navy Establishes U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Lewis Assumes Command

NORFOLK (Aug. 24, 2018) Vice Adm. Andrew "Woody" Lewis address guest as he assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). U.S. 2nd Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and North Atlantic. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Prill)

Release Date: 8/24/2018 10:59:00 AM - From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson presided over a ceremony establishing U.S. 2nd Fleet and naming Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis as the commander during a ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Aug. 24, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

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USS Constitution

USS Constitution  Boston, June 26, 2018 - Sailors get into position on the USS Constitution’s mizzen topsail yard during weekly sail training.  Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey Scoular

Boston, June 26, 2018 - Sailors get into position on the USS Constitution’s mizzen topsail yard during weekly sail training.  
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey Scoular

China’s Active Defense Strategy and its Regional Impact

map south china seas - Spratley Islands

Statement by Stacy A. Pedrozo CAPT, JAGC, USN U.S. Navy Military Fellow

Council on Foreign Relations
Before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
United States House of Representatives 2013

The views expressed in this testimony are the presenters personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Navy or the United States Department of Defense.

Introduction

There is no doubt that China is flexing its muscles throughout Asia, sometimes acting unreasonably – its guarded, and arguably inappropriate, reaction to North Korea’s sinking of the Cheonan; its demands for an apology after a Chinese fishing boat captain was arrested for ramming into two Japanese Coast Guard vessels in the East China Sea (ECS); and its declaration of the South China Sea (SCS) as a “core interest,” on par with Taiwan and Tibet. These actions, viewed in conjunction with its increasing maritime surveillance and military exercises in the SCS and ECS, have many Asian nations on edge. Rather than increasing stability throughout the region as it gains military capability, these incidents have created more strategic mistrust and led to suspicion of China’s self-proclaimed “peaceful rise.”

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