24 Sep 2016

More than 130 bodies recovered from migrant boat capsize off Egypt

“At least 133 bodies had been recovered by Friday from a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that capsized off Egypt two days earlier, Egyptian officials said.” Source: More than 130 bodies recovered from migrant boat capsize off Egypt | Reuters

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16 Sep 2016

Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.

“Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.” Source: Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.: minister

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14 Sep 2016

‘Tactical Miscalculation’ Likely if Iran Boat Harassment Persists

“With a recent rash of close encounters and fast approaches by Iranian vessels in international waters prompting U.S. ship commanders to fire flares and warning shots, the Navy’s top officer is warning that the consequences of this harassment could be significant and advocating for an agreed-upon rule set to govern

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12 Sep 2016

China, Russia naval drill in South China Sea to begin Monday

“China and Russia will hold eight days of naval drills in the South China Sea off southern China’s Guangdong province starting from Monday, China’s navy said. The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled in July that

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07 Sep 2016

Russia sails flotilla to re-arm its new Arctic bases and bolster regional security

“A large Northern Fleet flotilla is sailing to re-arm and re-supply Russia’s new string of island bases in the Arctic Sea. ‘The flotilla will sail along the Northern Sea Route [NSR] as far as the New Siberian Islands, conducting a series of exercises en route and with shore-based units in

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07 Sep 2016

Official: 7 Iranian boats came after U.S. ship in the Persian Gulf

“A U.S. coastal patrol ship faced seven Iranian Republican Guard Corps Navy fast in-shore attack craft before swerving to avoid crashing into one on Sunday, according to a 5th Fleet spokesman. The incident is the latest in a series of interactions the Navy has called ‘dangerous and unprofessional’ in a

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31 Aug 2016

EU authorizes new maritime operations in Mediterranean

“An EU naval mission in the Mediterranean has been authorized to start enforcing a UN arms embargo designed to choke off weapon supplies to extremists in Libya.” Source: EU authorizes new maritime operations in Mediterranean | Fox News

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31 Aug 2016

US commander slams Iran for provocative moves in Gulf

“The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East sharply criticized Iran on Tuesday for recent high-speed maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf that in one case prompted a U.S. Navy ship to fire warning shots.” Source: US commander slams Iran for provocative moves in Gulf

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30 Aug 2016

China to Supply Pakistan With 8 New Stealth Attack Submarines by 2028

“China will provide the Pakistan Navy with eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines by 2028, the head of the country’s next-generation submarine program told the Pakistan National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defense during the committee’s visit to the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on August 26, according to local media reports.” Source: China

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29 Aug 2016

China’s First Homemade Carrier Could Take to the Seas Later This Year

“China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, designated 001A-class, is likely to enter sea trials next year and potentially enter service with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) by early 2017, according to multiple reports. The PLAN’s WeChat account, in addition to reports citing Chinese military sources in Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review,

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