US Navy Needs To Put More Pressure On Russia And China: US Chief Of Naval Operations

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US Navy Needs To Put More Pressure On Russia And China: US Chief Of Naval Operations

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The US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said that the US Navy needs to put pressure on Russia instead of passively reacting to the European competitor and calling for more “muscular” enforcement of rules of the sea when it comes to China, USNI News reported.

Richardson spoke at the Atlantic Council on February 7th and said that the Navy needed new concepts when it comes to dealing with Russia and China in gray-zone or competition, which doesn’t involve conflicts. He said that a lot of attention is being given to high-end fights, but the CNO gave examples of ongoing competitions that require a shrewder US response.

The admiral said the U.S. needed to consider “not only responses in pushing back [against Russian aggression], but how do we push first in a couple of areas? I think it would be great if we could get folks, Russians, some of these competitors to respond to our first move. There’s an advantage every now and then to playing the white side of the board.”

Regarding previous deterrence efforts, CNO said “we’ve been consistently present in the Black Sea, the United States Navy, and in fact we did two deployments up there just in the month of January alone. We’re working very closely in exercising with the navies in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea region, so staying engaged in there, staying present. Actions consistent with words, I think, is an important part of that.”

He also noted that “one area where we’re doing some new things is with respect to missile defense. So we have Aegis Ashore in Romania, I think that that capability makes a tremendous statement.”

“The military had previously avoided tying the missile defense site in Eastern Europe to Russia, noting from its conception that it was meant to defend against Iranian missiles. This first Aegis Ashore system drew Russia’s ire, with the Russian Federation accusing the U.S. of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty through the installation of this missile launcher – an accusation the United States denied,” USNI reminded.

Richardson also said that the US Navy warship presence and the Aegis Ashore program was doing a good job deterring “Russian aggression,” however, “we’ve got to take our own side of this fight, we’ve got to give the other team something to respond to.”

He also maintained that the US should not pressure Russia by itself, but rather utilize regional partners and NATO.

“Whatever leadership role we can provide there, I think as an alliance we bring more to the table together than any kind of a bilateral approach,” he said.

Regarding any actions the US Navy may undertake to protect the Ukrainian military and commercial ships from “Russian harassment in the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov,” Richardson said that the actions “must be done with a clear intent. So there should be the right to pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov unharassed. And so once we define that as our aim, then the international pressure, the regional pressure and the robustness of the response there over time – there’s got to be a response. So the U.S. Navy by virtue of being consistently present [in the adjacent Black Sea], we exercise with the Ukrainians every single year, shows that level of commitment. And then the regional response, I think, certainly with U.S. participation, if not leadership, is going to be as important as anything as we increase the pressure and the consequences of that type of action. But trying to do this bilaterally is not going to be as successful as a regional and multilateral approach that squeezes in on a well-defined objective.”

Richardson recently visited China, and he had the following to say on the matter:

“One of the things we made clear during the visit to China was that, hey, in terms of rules of behavior on the high seas – first of all, we do have an operational construct that is designed to minimize the chance of miscalculation when two of our ships meet on the high seas. And since our presence there has been consistent in terms of force level and what we do, the Chinese navy is growing, there’s going to be more opportunities where we meet. And so these rules are going to be operative more and more. We should approach each other all the way down to the tactical level, our front-line commanders, in ways that actually make it easy for us to adhere to these rules of behavior,” he said.

“So let’s not be obstructing one another, driving our ships in front of one another, throwing obstacles in front of the ship. Let’s just be biased towards making it easy. And then these rules have to apply to all of the forces – so it can’t just be the People’s Liberation Army Navy to which they apply, but it’s also got to be the (China) Coast Guard and it’s also got to be the Maritime Militia, and everybody’s got to abide by these. Being more insistent about those would be a good first start.”

Past the current CUES rules, Richardson said, “we could start to see a rule set emerging that might have to do with this Automatic Identification System, this system that ships carry around that talks to where they’re going, what they’re carrying. It provides a lot of information. You could see a regime where, hey, you’re not squawking on AIS that’s consistent with where you are and what you’re doing; there might be some, depending on where you are, some reason to challenge,” he said.

“So just putting some of these enforcement mechanisms in so it makes it harder to play fast and loose with the rules. But you’ve got to make a move to enforce those things. I think a lot of that structure exists, it’s just we’ve got to be a little more muscular to enforce it.”


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no the destitute states of morons (aka usa) needsto mind its own fecking business and not have the urge to manage the rest of the world’s affairs. but of course, once at the top of the heap means it’s hard not to remain on that top and the fall so far continuous at pace and will be more spectacular in the future – watch and enjoy!!


The meddling is in the heart of American culture.
Americans are proud of their founding fathers who were Puritans.
Puritans were the Christian version of Wahhabism, they pushed their extreme beliefs on others and eventually had to flee Europe, just like ISIS is now fleeing Syria.
Fanaticism is at the core of American society.

That’s why America finds the company of fanatics comforting, they are cut from the same cloth.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Essentially the guy is advocating provocations, then start bleating when they get a reaction.

Promitheas Apollonious

or you may say is suicidal and demand to have also others, follow them down the drain, so they have company in their jerking off. What I want them to do since they claim they want to force russia to let them do what they demand is try and go into the sea of azov with out their permission and violate russian red lines in the sea.

I am very curious what russians then will do with their western `partners`.

You can call me Al

I believe the patience levels are wearing very thin, especially in Russia and China.

Promitheas Apollonious

Let us hope so, because other wise, by the time they react already their pants will be down to their knees.

Ray Douglas

The Chinese are very patient people. They have been known to wait 300 years to get what they want. This is the 299th year plus!

Ray Douglas

I hope we can rely on Sergei Shoigu to respond adequately? He may enlist help from General Valery Gerasimov. What a prospect?

Promitheas Apollonious

I hope so too.


So, its not US aggression to be mincing around on the borders of Russia and China , according to the US Admiral.

The US madness is becoming a national epidemic of stupidity in my opinion.

” US Navy warship presence and the Aegis Ashore program was doing a good job deterring “Russian aggression,” however, “we’ve got to take our own side of this fight, we’ve got to give the other team something to respond to.” ”

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Promitheas Apollonious

am i to assume that all the metals on the queers chest are given to it for been a nice queer thing? I am at lost how to call them IT? Thing? as most definitely men are not.


US navy sailors have an arse in every port apparently :)

Promitheas Apollonious

it appears so yes

Jens Holm

You are a queer Yourself being such an expert.

Its seemes like You dontt know Your own gender, if some are like them. Thats weak. Some holding You carrot for Ypu too ?

Tudor Miron

Simply read comments section in yahoo news articles – that gives a hint on the level of mental development of US citizens. It is outright scary and sad at the same time. After reading those comments (majority of them) it is clear that this admiral and US establishment overall truly represent American people.

Peter Moy

The low level of intelligence and the mentality of comments made by Americans in any internet comment section is a downright embarrassment and worldwide disgrace. To put it bluntly: people are just downright dumb and bigoted when they are exposed as such, regardless of their level of education or lack thereof. It is no surprise when one reads the PISA results every three years. The Program for International Student Assessment measures the test results on math, science and reading for 15-year old public school students. For the great USA they were a disgrace , especially when you factor in how many billions of dollars is spent on public education. In 2015 the US was 25th in math, 24th in science and 24th in reading. The results for 2018 have not been published, but expect no improvement. I have a personal experience of how Americans are ridiculed by foreigners. In 2014 I was in Hong Kong, China on vacation and remember, as if it were yesterday, while waiting in line at a street food vendor. Several Caucasian people in front of me were talking to the food seller and the seller complimented them regarding their politeness and good level of English. He thought they were Americans but they angrily answered that they were Canadians and took offense. Sad but true. (In the picture above, these military are US Army officers wearing their “Dress Blue Uniform.” I remember these from my US Army days from ’84 – ’88. Greetings from 3rd World New York City, USA.

Tudor Miron

” especially when you factor in how many billions of dollars is spent on public education”(c) I would say that billions of dollars are spent on “dumbification” rather than education. This little video might give us a hint that it is deliberate
I have some good American friends – my teachers in race engineering (70+) and they say that there’s huge difference in quaity of education that they received in their years and what it is now.
Greetings from Russia.

Jens Holm

There is. The bottom has grown partly by emmigration but only partly. They have saved too much money there.


All to many Americans will have a huge shock as Russian missiles respond to US aggression and burn the ‘ Ooooh ,Esssss, A ‘. :)

Jens Holm

No, they are not.

Promitheas Apollonious

This morons the only pressure they manage up to now to out is, on their own sailors that retire from the navy any way they can and the rest are on medication for the psychological problems they have. Running ships ashore collide with other ships in open sea as they stoned off their heads 90% of the time, or drink themselves to stubborn.

A bunch of lgbt and boozers pretending to be sea fighting men, until someone challenge them.

Tommy Jensen

This Navy General is right.
Me and Bolton have proposed to testfire nuclear ICBM´s just outside Russia´s borders to show them we mean business.
Outside Kaliningrad, outside Crimea, outside Arctic, outside Kyrill Islands and from Poland and Romania……………….LOL. That will teach Russia who is the boss :-D.

You can call me Al

Try it, you jumped up little wank-stain. Now if you are going to sail your ships over there, please avoid rocks, tankers, fishing boats and electronic jamming systems, as you do not seem to be too good with them.