16 Dec '11, 5am

WASHINGTON - The US Navy will station several new coastal combat ships...

WASHINGTON - The US Navy will station several new coastal combat ships...

WASHINGTON - The US Navy will station several new coastal combat ships in Singapore and perhaps in the Philippines in coming years, moves likely to fuel China's fears of being encircled and pressured in the South China Sea row. Last month, the United States and Australia announced plans to deepen the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific, with 2,500 US Marines operating out of a de facto base in Darwin in northern Australia. The US Navy will increasingly focus on the strategic"maritime crossroads" of the Asia-Pacific region, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert wrote in the December issue of Proceedings, published by the US Naval Institute. He said the navy planned to "station several of our newest littoral combat ships at Singapore's naval facility," in addition to plans announced by President Barack Obama to start rotational deployments of marines to Da...

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