28 Jul 2015

China Practices Pacific D-Days With Tanks And Hovercraft

“Just as in fields from air defense to anti-submarine warfare, the Chinese Navy has made great gains in the field of amphibious invasion capacity, which it recently demonstrated in military exercises in the South China Sea.” Source: China Practices Pacific D-Days With Tanks And Hovercraft | Popular Science

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28 Jul 2015

China Commissions Second ‘Carrier Killer Destroyer’

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its second Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer, the Yangsha, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reports. According to IHS Jane’s, the vessel was inducted into the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet in mid-July and will in all likelihood operate out of Yalong Bay naval base

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27 Jul 2015

Russia sees Arctic as naval priority in new doctrine

“Russia will strengthen its naval forces in the Arctic and Atlantic as a response to Nato activities close to Russia’s borders, the Kremlin says. Russia’s plans are outlined in a new naval doctrine, launched on Sunday as the nation celebrated Navy Day. The navy will get a fleet of new

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27 Jul 2015

Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the country’s maritime doctrine that calls for maintaining a strong Russian presence in the Atlantic Ocean amid concerns about NATO expansion.” Source: Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence

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25 Jul 2015

Egypt holds trial run on second Suez Canal

“The first cargo ships have passed through Egypt’s second Suez Canal, amid tight security, ahead of the new waterway’s official opening next month. Construction on the new lane, which runs alongside part of the existing canal, started less than a year ago. The 72km (44 mile) route allows two-way traffic

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21 Jul 2015

India Is Building Second Homegrown Aircraft Carrier

“India’s Navy has outlined the some of the specifications for a second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) in a letter of request to global shipbuilders. According to several Indian newspapers, last week India’s Navy sent out a Letter of Request to four global shipbuilding companies asking for help in designing India’s

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23 Jun 2015

China Prepares Its 172,000 Civilian Ships for War

“Chinese civilian shipbuilders have to ensure that their vessels can be used by the PLAN during times of ‘crisis’.” Source: China Prepares Its 172,000 Civilian Ships for War | The Diplomat

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23 Jun 2015

Egypt takes delivery of two US missile ships

“Egypt has taken delivery of two more US fast missile boats to boost its ability in ensuring ‘regional security and countering terrorism’, the American embassy in Cairo said on Monday.” Source: Egypt takes delivery of two US missile ships: embassy – Yahoo News

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16 Jun 2015

Missing oil tanker probably hijacked by pirates: Malaysian maritime police

“Malaysia is mounting a 1500-strong team to search for the missing oil tanker Orkim Harmony, and has also enlisted the help of neighbouring countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia to locate its whereabouts. The ship was suspected to have been hijacked off the east coast of the southern state

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11 Jun 2015

India to Test First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier

“India is set to begin testing its first indigenously built aircraft carrier. On Wednesday, India undocked its first homegrown aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, after all structural construction of the ship was completed. An unnamed Indian official was quoted by The Hindu as explaining: ‘Almost 90 percent of works below the

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