What are the implications of French-led quad expansion maritime training?… “The potential value is high from the perspective of the United Nations Corporation”
Reporter Kim Dong – hyun
Recently, the first in-region combined maritime drill was conducted, led by the French Army, in which the US, Japan, Australia and India participated. It is evaluated that it is part of a plan to develop Quad as a regional collective security initiative. Reporter Kim Dong-hyun covered it.
Naval forces from five countries, including France, the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, conducted regular joint maritime drills,’La Peruuz’, in the Bay of Bengal in eastern India from the 3rd to the 5th.
With the addition of the Indian Navy, which did not participate last year, it is evaluated as the first multinational military exercise in the region after the’Quad’ summit consisting of the United States, Japan, India and Australia in March.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet Command said on the 5th that the training focuses on mutual cooperation, warfare, enhancing cohesion, and strengthening readiness in connection with dynamic light bulbs, maritime superiority, and power projection.
In the training, eight ships from five countries, including the Somerset, an amphibious transport ship belonging to the US 7th Fleet, were mobilized.
On the 6th, Vincent Brooks, chairman of the US Forces Korea Friendship Association (KDVA), who served as the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Army and the USFK commander, told the VOA on the 6th, “This training reflects the counting law that offshore countries such as France also value the strategic interests of the free and open Indo-Pacific. That’s it.”
In September of last year, when US Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposed a collective security initiative to confront the threats from China, he said that it targets not only Japan, Australia, and South Korea, but also allies in Europe, which have considerable influence in the region.
Former Commander Brooks “Execution of military development to guarantee’common value’”
Former Commander Brooks said the future US-centered regional collective security initiative is not an organization directly aimed at China. He said the focus is on ensuring regional common values, such as democracy.
[Recording: Former Commander Brooks] “I would counter the view that this is about China. It isn’t. But it also does not ignore China and China’s activities in that region as well. It’s more about like-minded nations ensuring that there is a free and open Indo Pacific and that they’ll even commit military presence to ensure openness of the Indo Pacific region… ”
However, he said that the intention was not to condone China’s misconduct, and that it implies that the countries concerned could carry out military deployments in the future to ensure the value of a focus on freedom and openness.
“Enhancement of interoperability of multinational forces, high utilization value in case of emergency on the Korean Peninsula”
Former Commander Brooks replied that it is “very valuable” to a question asking about the impact that training to strengthen interoperability among democratic countries could have on the UN Command in an emergency.
Former Commander Brooks said that as the regional collective security initiative, centered on the quad, is being reorganized into a “value”-centered organization, various agendas such as disasters and North Korea’s countermeasures against the proliferation of illegal weapons can be addressed.
He explained that the expansion of interoperability between the armies of the participating countries is very useful in effectively coping with these various agendas.
Therefore, if other regional training participants decide to provide assistance in the event of an emergency or war on the Korean peninsula, he said it is of considerable value to the United Nations Command, and that the capabilities of these reinforcements will be combined to support the ROK-US CFC.
[Record: Former Commander Brooks] “There is value to UN command if those countries that participate here in these exercises would choose to participate in a way that supports the Korean Peninsula at a time of crisis or war, And that’s the role the UN command would play, would be to bring those together in support of the ROK-US Combined Forces Command.”
Professor Holmes “Emphasis on strengthening solidarity… Formation of a democratic fleet”
James Holmes, a professor at the U.S. Naval Staff College, said the training between the French Navy and the Quad nations was not limited to the naval capabilities, based on personal opinion.
[Professor Holmes VOA written response] “In the case of France and the Quad, the partners are making a statement not only about naval capability, which is obviously important when war could happen, but about solidarity among democratic seafaring nations toward an increasingly bellicose China … This is what I call a’Democratic Armada’… ”
The purpose of showing solidarity among maritime-centered democratic countries against China, which is becoming increasingly belligerent, is that he regards this solidarity movement as the formation of a’democratic fleet’.
The Roosevelt Carrier Strike fleet re-deploys in the South China Sea… China’s carrier fleet also develops air pollution in Japan
Meanwhile, the US Pacific Fleet announced that the 7th Fleet’s Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Division had entered the South China Sea from the 4th.
This is the second South China Sea deployment this year since the Roosevelt Carrier Strike Team was dispatched to the 7th Fleet.
The Roosevelt Carrier Strike Division plans to conduct coordinated tactical training along with fixed-wing, rotary-wing air operations, marine-based strike training, and anti-submarine training during the development of the South China Sea, the Pacific Fleet Command said.
In response, China also deployed six ships, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, to the Pacific Ocean on the 6th, passing between the main island of Okinawa and the high seas of Miyakojima, Japan.
This is VOA News, Donghyun Kim.