U.S. warship sailed through South China Sea near reef claimed by China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade... Read more
North Korea says the US stole it’s cargo ship, demands its return
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea on Tuesday accused the United States of “robbery” for seizing a cargo ship and demanded the vessel’s return in the latest sign of rising tensions that threaten to scuttle nuclear talks. The Wise Honest — detained in April 2018 while en route... Read more
Navy will monitor fitness tests more closely after four recruits die within the last year
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The Navy ordered sailors to watch fitness test participants more closely for signs of distress and allow do-overs for those having a “bad day,” following a string of deaths over the past year including two young female recruits who collapsed during the tests Four... Read more
US participates in NATO missile defense drill off Scotland’s coast
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes U.S. and allied warships were slated to begin live-fire drills off the coast of Scotland on Friday as part of an exercise designed to test NATO’s ability to coordinate missile defense during a fight at sea. NATO’s Formidable Shield 2019 exercise is underway with... Read more
U.S. completes sail through South China Sea with three other allies in joint training operation
Caitlin Doornbos Stars and Stripes The U.S. on Wednesday finished a weeklong sail through the South China Sea with India, Japan and the Philippines, a region fraught with tension amid disputed territorial claims, according to a Navy statement Thursday. The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence joined the Indian... Read more
U.S. seizes North Korea cargo ship, says it was violating sanctions
Choi He-Suk Asia News Network According to Seoul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a South Korean ship suspected of transferring petroleum products to a North Korean vessel in a ship-to-ship transfer is currently being held in Busan. “One South Korean ship has been banned from leaving port since October on... Read more
Taiwan breaks ground on shipyard that will self-build submarines
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the island’s first shipyard for self-built submarines, stressing that she is determined to strengthen the island’s defence autonomy. Tsai announced the launch of a programme in 2017 for the development of submarines made in Taiwan,... Read more
Pentagon top officials defend move sending carrier and bombers to counter Iranian threat
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon’s two top officials on Wednesday defended a decision to dispatch the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf over the weekend to counter Iranian threats to U.S. forces in the region. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and... Read more
U.S. sending USNS Comfort with hundreds of doctors to help wounded Venezuelans fleeing the country
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will dispatch a Navy hospital ship carrying hundreds of doctors and nurses to South America next month where it will be tasked with treating Venezuelans fleeing that nation’s economic and growing political crises. The USNS Comfort will leave its home port in... Read more
U.S. sends two destroys to Spratly Islands to challenge China’s claim over two reefs
Caitlin Doornbos Stars and Stripes The Navy sent two guided-missile destroyers on Monday to challenge China’s claims to two reefs it has militarized without internationally recognized authority to do so, according to the Navy. The USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Gaven... Read more
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