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China looks set to deploy a railgun on a destroyer by 2025 — and humiliate the US Navy in doing so

China looks set to beat the US to the punch on a game-changing naval railgun that the US has spent more than $500 million and a decade on by deploying one on a navy ship — and it looks as if Beijing's doing it to embarrass Washington.
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

‘Need to play by the rules’: UK and France will challenge Beijing in the South China Sea

UK Secretary of State for Defence said nations "need to play by the rules." The announcement came a day after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said China's militarization of the South China Sea is for the purpose of "intimidation and coercion," and that there will be "consequences in the future."
A photo taken from a Norwegian surveillance aircraft shows Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in international waters off the coast of Northern Norway on October 17, 2016.

Step aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s aircraft carrier that’s considered one of the worst in the world

The Kuznetsov is undergoing repairs and will be out of commission until 2021.
The USS Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles at inshore attack craft targets on May 11, the US Navy announced earlier this week.

Watch the USS Milwaukee test the Longbow Hellfire missile for the first time

The USS Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles at inshore attack craft targets on May 11, the US Navy announced earlier this week.

Mattis hints at new Navy aircraft carrier strategy to throw off Russia and China in a potential future war

Mattis wants to "ensure that preparation for great power competition [with Russia and China] drives us, not simply a rotation schedule that allows me to tell you three years from now that allows me to tell you which aircraft carrier will be where in the world,"
This photo taken in April 2018 shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (front), sailing with other ships during a drill at sea.

An Australian defense official reportedly confirmed China’s desire for increased military presence in the South Pacific

Senior levels of Australia's defense force think China wants to increase its military presence in the South Pacific via the island nation of Vanuatu, 9News says.
The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) and the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFG 155)

The Chinese navy challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea as it conducted its largest-ever naval parade

Three Australian navy ships faced a polite but "robust" encounter with the People's Liberation Army,
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Zach Byrd directs a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the Purple Foxes of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364 (Reinforced) during nighttime flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

Striking images of the US military training at night reveal the surreal colors of war

Military equipment, as well as the troops themselves, takes on distinct colors when seen outside the light of day.
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships steam in formation during their military maneuver exercise known as Keen Sword 15 in the sea south of Japan, in this November 19, 2014.

These are the 10 biggest navies in the world

The owner of the world's largest naval force might surprise you.
Russian navy ships fire off missiles at a parade.

Russia appears to be readying for a naval battle with the US near Syria — but it could be a bluff

Once the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group arrives, "the US will be able to clean up the eastern Mediterranean in a conventional fight any day."