U.S. Coast Guard preparing for ‘aggressive’ Chinese encounters while patrolling the western Pacific
Joseph Ditzler Stars and Stripes The U.S. Coast Guard’s commandant is pushing for a better way to deal with islands nations in the western Pacific — one designed to counter “antagonistic, aggressive behaviors” from the Chinese. “I think what we would champion is transparent engagement,” Adm. Karl Schultz said... Read more
Paramount Pictures & DoD made major trades to develop Top Gun: Maverick movie
As the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun approaches, it’s important to remember that the new film, Top Gun: Maverick, would not be possible without the help of good ol’ Uncle Sam. The film began shooting in 2018, and will not be released until Summer of 2020. Despite the long... Read more
Kim Jong Un looks over “new” submarine that’s capable of firing a nuclear missile
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a “newly built submarine” that was to operate in the Sea of Japan, state-run media said Tuesday, in one of the first displays of power related to his country’s nuclear capabilities since November 2017. Without giving a... Read more
After tanker is hijacked by Iran, U.K. moves Islamic Republic to top of threat list
Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia The UK could come under attack from Iranian-backed terror cells if the ongoing Gulf crisis worsens and relations between London and Tehran continue to deteriorate, intelligence sources have said. Senior intelligence officers in the UK now rank the Islamic Republic only behind Russia and... Read more
Navy ship takes out Iranian drone after it came within 1,000 yards
Caitlin M. Kenney and Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and... Read more
U.S. participates in ‘Sea Breeze’ naval exercise in Russia’s backyard
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes The United States and its allies are conducting a large naval exercise in the Black Sea and a separate anti-submarine drill in the North Atlantic Ocean, two regions where Russia has reportedly been holding war games of their own. A total of 32 ships,... Read more
Iran wants to start tolling ships sailing through Strait of Hormuz to counter U.S. sanctions
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Pentagon said it is committed to the “free flow of commerce” through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway critical to global oil shipments, where Iranian lawmakers have proposed imposing transit tolls on ships that Tehran deems unfriendly. “The Strait of Hormuz is... Read more
Royal Navy forced to target Iranian boats attempting to seize British oil tanker in Gulf
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Five armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on Wednesday unsuccessfully attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf, according to US media reports. The tanker was entering the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow strategic shipping route for oil that passes between Iran and the Arabian... Read more
After 14 years at sea, USS Stethem returning home
Christian Lopez Stars and Stripes After 14 years in the Indo-Pacific region with the 7th Fleet, the USS Stethem is returning to San Diego to operate under 3rd Fleet once more. Once the guided-missile destroyer reaches its new homeport, it will undertake a “midlife modernization,” according to a Navy... Read more
Do submariners father more daughters than sons? Study debunks common myth
Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes A new study has contradicted a widespread belief in the submarine community that submariners father more girls than do other servicemembers. The analysis published in the military’s most recent Medical Surveillance Monthly Report “found no evidence to suggest the offspring sex ratio of male... Read more
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