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U.S. To Deploy Latest Battlecraft To New Asia-Pacific Bases

Today Online/Agencies
December 21, 2012

US to deploy newest battle craft to its Asia-Pacific bases
Move part of new military strategy to reinforce America’s influence in the volatile region

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[T]he Pentagon will send P-8 submarine-hunting aircraft, cruise missiles, Virginia-class submarines, coastal combat ships and F-35 fighter jets to the Asia-Pacific region in coming years.

The Philippines, Australia and other parts of the region have seen an increase in the number of US warships, planes and personnel since President Barack Obama announced a “pivot” in foreign, economic and security policy towards Asia late last year.

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WASHINGTON: The United States is planning to deploy its newest high-tech military hardware, including submarines and warships, to its military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, as it turns its attention to a fast-growing Asia and a newly assertive China.

A US military official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the deployment is part of Washington’s new military strategy to reinforce its influence in the volatile region.

“What you’re seeing is part of a bigger effort; the Pacific theatre will get the newest weapons systems first,” he was quoted as saying by Iranian television network Press TV.

The official said the Pentagon will send P-8 submarine-hunting aircraft, cruise missiles, Virginia-class submarines, coastal combat ships and F-35 fighter jets to the Asia-Pacific region in coming years.

The Philippines, Australia and other parts of the region have seen an increase in the number of US warships, planes and personnel since President Barack Obama announced a “pivot” in foreign, economic and security policy towards Asia late last year.

The first of a new class of US coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment. Both countries have said the deployment stops short of a basing agreement.

On Tuesday, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said that the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, which is currently in development, could be deployed at the Iwakuni air station in Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture by 2017.

The Pentagon had announced in September that it will be providing Japan with a new radar installation to bolster its missile defences.

The US also announced on Wednesday that it will open up military ties with Myanmar. US-Myanmar military-to-military ties were cut off after 1988…

A senior US defence official said the move to renew military ties with Myanmar was to bolster the political reforms undertaken so far.

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  1. rosemerry
    December 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I have just read the post from Aldous Huxley, demonstrating the warmongering by tyrants, making the possibility of democracy in the belligerent land feeble. What benefit for peace, harmony, even survival does this new push by Peace Laureate POTUS Obomber give to any of us except the arms makers?

  2. Bud
    December 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It’s Burma, not Myanmar. Myanmar is the name given to the country by a brutal military junta.

    • richardrozoff
      December 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      No, it’s Myanmar and not Burma. Now. The West referred to it as Burma until Hillary Clinton’s visit there two years ago and, two months ago, the country being invited to join the U.S. Cobra Gold war games in Thailand for the first time.
      If a country is in the U.S. military cohort column it can call itself – and do – anything it chooses to.
      And there are worse governments in the world than that of Burma/Myanmar: Dozens of them from the Persian Gulf to Georgia, “Kosovo” to Colombia, Morocco to Israel, etc., etc.

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