Prince Andrew defers promotion to Admiral amid Epstein accusations
  London (dpa) – Britain’s Prince Andrew has asked to defer a military honour that he was due to receive on his 60th birthday, Buckingham Palace said on Friday, amid a media focus on his relationship with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew has asked... Read more
Admiral: US Navy ships can’t expect to be safe off East Coast, Russian submarines are patrolling
The Atlantic Ocean is once again a contested naval space, according to a US Navy three-star who noted an uptick in Russian submarine activity off the American coast. Despite two decades of relatively quiet passage for Navy vessels across the Atlantic, the increase in Russian submarine activity has led... Read more
U.S. Navy sails warship near disputed islands in South China Sea for first time in 2020
(Jan. 28, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ships USS Montgomery (LCS 8), bottom, and USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) operate in the South China Sea, Jan. 28, 2020. Montgomery and Gabrielle Giffords are on rotational deployments to USINDOPACOM, conducting operations, exercises and port visits throughout the region and working... Read more
Pentagon finds flaws in reporting of readiness of ships that are crucial in a crisis
The Military Sealift Command inaccurately reported the readiness of reserve transport ships, which are crucial for moving large volumes of combat gear in a crisis, a report by the Defense Department Inspector General has found. The flawed reporting of surge sealift ship readiness means commanders could base crisis decision-making... Read more
India will build six new submarines to counter rapid expansion of China’s fleet
The defence ministry on Tuesday cleared two Indian and five foreign shipbuilders to take part in a Rs 50,000-crore project to build high-tech submarines in the country, one of the biggest Make in India programmes in the military sector, two senior officials said on condition of anonymity. Six advanced... Read more
Navy conducts first test flight of a “fleet-friendly” variant of the MV-22B Osprey
The US Navy is trying out a “fleet-friendly” variant of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, in hopes that it can take over the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) role held by the venerable C-2 Greyhound. In order to meet Navy specs, the CMV-22B was fitted to house extra fuel, giving... Read more
Croation fishing crew finds secret US Navy underwater system
A Croation fishing crew caught an interesting catch in the form of a US Navy underwater system out of the Adriatic Sea. The item was 460 feet under the water when it was netted by the crew, who hauled the 220-pound item onto the deck to check it out.... Read more
US Navy maintenance issue is costing $6 billion
It’s a $6 billion scourge that afflicts Navy destroyers, cruise ships and historic vessels like the Queen Mary without fear or favor. It’s such a problem that professional organizations and conferences are dedicated to its existence — and its suppression. It’s also on your shower head. The orange stain... Read more
Chinese ships leave disputed waters after Indonesia deploys 4 warships and F-16 fighter jets
Chinese fishing and coastguard ships have vacated waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands after President Joko Widodo vowed to enforce his country’s maritime rights during a visit to the area, the military said on Thursday. Indonesia deployed four F-16 fighter jets and four warships after dozens of Chinese vessels refused... Read more
S. Korea refuses to send troops to Strait of Hormuz despite 70% of its crude oil imports shipping through there
“I would hope that Korea will send forces out there,” Amb. Harry Harris said in an interview with broadcaster KBS, adding that South Korea gets so much of its energy from the Middle East. More than 70 percent of South Korea’s crude oil imports are shipped through the Strait... Read more
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