Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour
Friday, 19 November 2021 at 11:00 to 12:00 (Japan)
VADM Robert Thomas (USN, ret) will offer his thoughts about recent changes in the underseas balance of power in the Indo-Pacific. Many of these changes are clearly visible in media headlines. For example, in April 2021 it was reported that North Korea was ready to deploy its 3,000-ton submarine equipped with three submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Later that month, an Indonesian submarine tragically sank with 53 crew members onboard and Indonesia reconfirmed its commitment to purchase additional South Korean submarines. In July, HMS Artful transited the Singapore Strait making it the first Royal Navy submarine to enter the South China Sea in many years. In September, South Korea tested its own submarine-launched ballistic missile and the newly formed Australia-United Kingdom-US trilateral security partnership debuted with a commitment to coordinate support for the development of Australian attack submarines with nuclear propulsion. Other developments such as technological improvement in the United States and Chinese fleet are also relevant.