Captain John Driscoll next to the US Coast Guard vessel Bertholf during a port stop in Hong Kong this month. SCMP / K. Y. Cheng

‘Oversubscribed’ US Navy leans more on coastguard to help counter China

  • As the Defence Department shifts its focus to competing with Russia and China, the coastguard ‘brings some authorities below the threshold of war’
  • ‘Realities in the South China Sea’ and the loss of two Navy destroyers in 2017 are helping to drive the shift
Topic |   South China Sea

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Captain John Driscoll next to the US Coast Guard vessel Bertholf during a port stop in Hong Kong this month. SCMP / K. Y. Cheng
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