US Navy boosts fleet in East Asia as China tensions riseThe US Navy Third Fleet is to reportedly send more ships to East Asia, at a time of heightened tensions with China. The ships out of San Diego will patrol the waters alongside the Navy's Seventh Fleet, based in Japan it was reported yesterday (14 June).
The extra floating firepower comes amid "uncertainty and angst in the region," said the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral Scott Swift.
Swift wants the Navy to utilise the "total combined power" of the 140,000 sailors, 200 ships and 1,200 aircraft that make up the Pacific Fleet, Reuters reported.
China is continuing to aggressively push its claims throughout the majority of the South China Sea. ThePhilippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei — nations with close military ties with the US — have overlapping claims.