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China's navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer, on Sunday morning in the port city of Qingdao, state media reported.
Observers say the commissioning of China's first 10,000-ton-class Type 055 destroyer, which is expected to accompany aircraft carriers in battle groups, is a step forward as Beijing seeks to operate farther from its shores and punch farther into the western Pacific.
Launched in June 2017, its commissioning marks the navy's leap from the third generation to the fourth generation of destroyers, the navy said in a statement.
The Chinese military is exploring a potential laser weapon system to mount on various aircraft to give them an extra edge in a dogfight, according to a pair of recent procurement notices.
Something awesome must be happening at Naval Air Station Key West, because four Chinese nationals have been arrested over the past year for illegally taking pictures of the base, including two this past weekend.
The newest weapon in the Navy's arsenal is ready for action.
The Navy last week announced that the service's new AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) achieved early operational capability with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in August, a major milestone for the air-launched cruise missile.
The LRASM previously achieved EOC with the B-1B Lancer bomber back in December 2018.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, Iran and Russia will hold joint naval drills starting on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, China's defense ministry said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the region between Iran and the United States.
US Air Force airmen watching a C-130J Super Hercules taxi at Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, on August 3. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
As part of a worldwide shift toward potential confrontation with Russia and China, the Pentagon is weighing a drawdown in Africa — including "abandoning" a $110 million base in Niger that only began operating in November, The New York Times reported Tuesday.