11 Jan 2013

U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

“A nuclear-powered U.S. attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine’s periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity.” Source: U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

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28 Dec 2012

Iran starts navy drills in Strait of Hormuz

“Iran started on Friday six days of naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz, the official IRNA news agency reported, maneuvers aimed at showcasing its military capabilities in what is a vital oil and gas shipping route.” Source: Iran starts navy drills in Strait of Hormuz: IRNA | Reuters

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24 Dec 2012

Pirates attack vessel off Nigeria, kidnap four sailors

“Pirates attacked a supply vessel off Nigeria and kidnapped four sailors in the latest such incident off the country’s oil-producing southern coast, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.” Source:Pirates attack vessel off Nigeria, kidnap four sailors | NDTV.com

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23 Dec 2012

Somali troops ‘free’ 22 hostages held by pirates

“Twenty-two hostages seized by pirates nearly three years ago have been freed, the authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland say. They said their maritime force began the operation to free the hostages – and their ship – nearly two weeks ago.” Source:BBC News – Somali troops ‘free’ 22 hostages

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21 Dec 2012

Boat capsizes off Somalia, killing 55, UN says

“At least 55 people are believed to have drowned after a boat capsized off the coast of Somalia, the UN refugee agency says.” Source: BBC News – Boat capsizes off Somalia, killing 55, UN says

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21 Dec 2012

Chinese ships enter Japanese waters near disputed islands

“Three Chinese ships entered into waters near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries on Friday morning and were staying despite a warning from a Japanese Coast Guard ship, the coast guard said.” Source: Chinese ships enter Japanese waters near disputed islands – CNN.com

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20 Dec 2012

Pirates attack ship and kidnap crew off the Niger Delta

“Gunmen have attacked an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria, stealing personal belongings and kidnapping five Indian crew members, the ship’s operator says. The SP Brussels is said to have been boarded by ‘heavily armed pirates’ on Monday, about 65km (40 miles) off the the coast of the oil-producing

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18 Dec 2012

Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation

“Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.” Source: Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation

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12 Dec 2012

U.S. military to boost Philippines presence; China tells army to be prepared

“U.S. and Philippine officials are expected to agree on an increase in the number of U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops rotating through the Philippines, Filipino officials said, as tensions simmer with China over its maritime claims.” Source: U.S. military to boost Philippines presence; China tells army to be prepared

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11 Dec 2012

Iranian warships dock again in Sudan

“Two Iranian navy warships arrived Saturday morning in Port Sudan, in the second such visit to Sudan within two months, eyewitnesses and officials said. ‘These visits by Iranian navy warships to Sudan come in the framework of routine exercises by navy forces of friendly nations,’ Col. Khaled Saad al-Sawarmy, the

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