The U.S. Navy has sent USS Gabrielle Giffords
to the South China Sea. Cmdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Navy’s 7th Fleet stated that, on the 20th, the littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords
traveled within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of Mischief Reef in the Spratly chain. She added, “USS Gabrielle Giffords demonstrated
that Mischief Reef, a low-tide elevation in its natural state, is not entitled to a territorial
sea under international law.” The freedom of navigation operation (FONOPs)
comes at a time when the U.S and China are embroiled in the trade dispute. Viewers may note that the U.S has been sending
warships to the region to counter China’s claims of the waters. China, as usual, stated that it was a provocation
but didn’t do much to counter the American move apart from sending warnings. In this video Defense Updates analyses why
China didn’t intervene as USS Gabrielle Giffords sailed close to Mischief Reef in
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20 million players from all over the world! China claims most of the South China Sea. It said that it has “indisputable sovereignty”
over the area. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and
Taiwan have disputed these claims. The route is significant as about $5 trillion
in trade through shipping passes each year. Countries like the U.S, Japan, U.K, and India
have no claims in the area and want ‘Freedom of Navigation’ as per international maritime
laws. China has tried imposing a unilateral decision
as per which all ships & aircraft navigating in the area need to identify itself to the
Chinese Navy. China has built up military infrastructure
in the islands which include reinforced aircraft hangars at different parts of the disputed
territories. Not only this, YJ-12 Anti Ship Missile and
HQ-9 Surface to Air missiles have been deployed. The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a set of
two classes the Independence and Freedom. Construction of the Freedom-class is spearheaded
by Lockheed Martin at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, while that of
Independence-class ships is led by Austal USA in Alabama. These are relatively small surface vessels
and primarily designed for operations near shore. During the late 1990s, the U.S. Navy understood
that cruisers and destroyers would be vulnerable to attacks in shallow coastal waters. Large warships like cruisers and destroyers
are designed for open-ocean warfare and not for shallow water where these can be targeted
by high-speed boats, missile-firing fast-attack craft, small submarines, sea mines, and land
and air-launched anti-ship missiles. The idea behind the littoral combat ship,
as described by former Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, is to “create a small,
fast, maneuverable and relatively inexpensive member of the DD(X) family of ships.” If required these ships will absorb an attack
and protect the much more expensive cruiser or destroyers. The LCS is envisioned to be a networked, agile,
stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in coastal
waters. Interestingly, the LCS has a modular design. The vessels can be configured with different
modules for specific roles that include anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, anti-surface
warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, homeland defense, maritime intercept, special
operations, and logistics. In the long run, the LCSs are expected to
progressively replace slower and specialized ships such as minesweepers and amphibious
assault ships. USS Gabrielle Giffords was commissioned in
10 June 2017. The warship has a length of 127.4 m (418 ft
) and a displacement of 3,104 tonnes when fully loaded. The ship uses two gas turbines and two diesel
engines to power four steerable waterjets. The USS Gabrielle Giffords has a speed of
40 kn + (46 mph; 74 km/h) and has a range of 4,300 nmi (8,000 km; 4,900 mi) It can accommodate 40 core crew plus up to
35 mission crew. The warship can carry up to two Fire Scouts. The Fire Scout is designed to provide reconnaissance,
situational awareness, aerial fire support and precision targeting support for ground,
air and sea forces. The Independence-class carries a default armament
for self-defense, and command and control. Unlike traditional fighting ships with fixed
armaments such as guns and missiles, tailored mission modules can be configured for one
mission package at a time. Modules may consist of manned aircraft, unmanned
vehicles, off-board sensors, or mission-manning detachments. The interior volume and payload is greater
than some destroyers and is sufficient to serve as a high-speed transport and maneuver
platform. The mission bay is 15,200 square feet (1,410
m2) and takes up most of the deck below the hangar and flight deck. With 11,000 cubic meters of payload volume,
it was designed with enough payload and volume to carry out one mission with a separate mission
module in reserve, allowing the ship to do multiple missions without having to be refitted. The Independence-class ships also have an
integrated LOS Mast, Sea Giraffe 3D Radar and SeaStar Safire FLIR. Northrop Grumman has demonstrated sensor fusion
of on and off-board systems in the Integrated Combat Management System (ICMS) used on the
LCS. USS Gabrielle Giffords is armed by a variety
of the weapons One BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun
One Raytheon SeaRAM CIWS (Close-In Weapon System)
Four .50-cal guns (2 aft, 2 forward) Two 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II guns (part of
SUW module) 24 AGM-114L Hellfire missiles (planned part
of SUW module) or NSMs in deck-mounted canisters. Naval Strike Missile or NSM is the most powerful
weapon of LCSs which gives them a potent punch and the ability to taken on much larger opponents. It is the upgrade of Kongsberg’s Penguin
short-to-medium range anti-ship guided missile. The missile has a range of 100 miles or 185
km. NSM is a 5th generation missile capable of
high subsonic speeds. It has sea skim mode by which it travels very
close to the surface, making it hard to detect and intercept. It is equipped with 276 pounds or 125 kg multi-purpose
blast/fragmentation warhead. NSM features an imaging IR-seeker which is
complimented by inertial/GPS navigation. The missile also has a built-in database of
representative ship types to distinguish between intended targets and other objects. Importantly it can be used as an anti-ship
missile as a for taking out land targets. NSMs are placed on the decks of LCSs through
a proprietary canister launcher. USS Gabrielle Giffords is armed NSM and is
thought to carry 8 of these. US Navy has more than 10 supercarriers, 65+
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, 25+ Ticonderoga-class cruiser as well as several other surface combatants
like Wasp class amphibious assault ship. The powerful warships have made the American
Navy’s surface fleet to be the most formidable one. With the inclusion of Littoral Combat Ship,
the US Navy will be able to plug certain holes like operating in constrained places and have
a better sea presence This relatively smaller but very agile addition
will significantly improve the combat flexibility of the US Navy in the South China Sea region. The ship’s’ low draught gives them better
access to shallow waters, which would help them in reconnaissance missions in the scattered
reefs of the disputed Spratly chain. USS Gabrielle Giffords’s fast speed is also
an advantage when conducting Freedom of Navigation operations. The arsenal especially the NSM makes it a
potent adversary for any rival including the Chinese military and hence it refrained from
taking any aggressive action.


  1. A star destroyer’s going to hover over your heads in order to perform the freedom of navigation.

    Actually, we might just kill you?

  2. Of course china will not intervene, that’s what bullies are. They are only brave when confronting small nations, the likes of ASEAN, but too scared to confront nations of their size and might.

  3. China has second hand Russia tech. They buy latest Russian weaponry just to immediately begin reverse engineering. China's one aircraft carrier is slowly sinking… Bwahahahahahahah ? ?. An untested military that is corrupt and doesn't interact with each other is another fatal flaw. Forced enlisting compared to enthusiastic volunteers. China is a joke that will be humbled. ???

  4. Please stop putting question marks in the titles of your videos – it is grammatically incorrect! The title in the video reads "Why China didn't intervene as USS Gabrielle Giffords sales close to Mischief Reef in the South China Sea?" IT DOES NOT NEED A QUESTION MARK!!!

  5. Because China is a bully, but they ain’t gonna do shit to our navy. They can’t do shit to our navy. Fun fact a Chinese propaganda poster for their navy years ago that was saying death and defeat to America had a aircraft carrier on it guess who gave it them us??????????????????????????????

  6. You can bet that when this is done, their is a quick response set of Naval assets read to respond to any ChiCom threat against the ship(s). Likely these assets include US attack Subs in very close proximity along with Air assets and other Naval surface assets. Note US has had the ability to hide it's surface ship from all electronic surveillance systems that were first demonstrated to the Soviet Navy in the 1st years of the President Regan Admin.

  7. You are trying to whip up bombastic feeling here…move on. Freedom of navigation – we get it – we're not getting away with anything – just recognizing the right of way.

  8. Who gave the US the right to enforce freedom of shipping all over the World? Why are the Yanks even there. Poking their nose into other peoples business. The founding fathers are rolling in their graves at the Navy's self anointed World policeman stance. YANKY GO HOME!

  9. The Giffords could easily sink China's environmentally polluting artificial islands. It is comical and twisted that China steals sand from around the Sovereign, democratic nation of Taiwan's waters– sand that includes clams and assorted tube worms.

  10. I think they should nickname it "The Seagull", because it looks like it has a beak. It may be functional design, but it's got to be one of the ugliest ships ever.

  11. USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, one ship I would refuse to ever serve on if I was Navy. I imagine all the woke, trans, PC soldiers frequent the Giffords.

  12. Waiting for the story about the Russian avant-garde system (Mach 20+). In its existence, recently convinced the visiting Commission of the United States.

  13. WHAT AN AMERICAN DISGRACE TO NAME A US NAVEL VESSEL AFTER GIFFORD, SHE OPPOSED THE 2ND AMENDMENT, ADVOCATED GUN CONTROL AND WAS SHOT. Congressman Steve Scalise was shot ( a Republican ) was shot during a soft ball game ship has been named after him b/c he's a REPUBLICAN. The USS gifford should be renamed or scuttled , she earned NOTHING OR HAS ANY DIGNITY….KARMA.SCREW YOU DEMOCRATS.

  14. LOL! This ship (with guns and missiles) was named after gun-grabber, lunatic Leftist Gabrielle Giffords! You cannot make this up.

  15. Jesus bro littoral not literal. When he said " the littoral class ship is designed for use in. … long pause (me in my head the literal waters?) Shallow water"

  16. These are almost always clickbait.12 minutes of video, and 30 seconds answering the provocative question as stated in the title, although they don't always really answer it.

  17. Hmmmmmm. If we don't recognize China's legal right to those islands why is our navy giving them 12 nautical miles of space? 12 nautical miles of space is generally only recognized when there is legal ownership of land. Why are our ships not sailing right up the harbors of these islands? If China does not legally own the islands then they have no legal right to demand 12 nautical miles of space. Except for the remote possibility that the Chinese military would actually try to do something to stop the US Navy ships, what is stopping us?

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