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
Iran deployment of aircraft carrier has been in the works for months as tension with the U.S. continues to rise
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East was meant to “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime,” but some analysts said the U.S. could be trying to frame long-planned... Read more
US deploying carrier strike group, bomber task force to Middle East in response to Iranian threats
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The United States will deploy a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran, National Security Adviser John Bolton said late Sunday. Bolton said the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike... Read more
CNO nominee backs Navy plan to scrap USS Truman as White House vows to keep the ship
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The admiral nominated as the Navy’s next top officer told senators Tuesday that he backed a controversial plan to scrap one of the service’s aircraft carriers halfway through its lifespan to fund newer technology, including unmanned warships. Adm. Bill Moran, President Donald Trump’s selection... Read more
Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway
The Providence Journal, R.I. A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have come from a Russian military facility. Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says... Read more
Operation Gator sees U.S. National Guard run through first amphibious assault exercise in decades
Amphibious assaults are usually a component of major conflicts, and when major world players start training on “world war”-style tactics, it is hardly ever a good sign. However, such is the case in both the East and West, where the US and Russia seem to be ramping up for... Read more
Navy sends a pair of guided-missile destroyers through Taiwan Strait
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Two Navy destroyers cruised through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday and Monday, the latest in a series of transits that challenge China’s claims of sovereignty over the strategic waterway. The USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on... Read more
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