17 Mar 2017

At least 31 Somalis killed in raid off Yemen coast

“Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were traveling in, a local coast guard in the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah area said.” Source: At least 31 Somalis killed in raid off Yemen coast | Reuters

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17 Mar 2017

Pakistan conducts anti-ship missile test

“Pakistan successfully test launched a land-based anti-ship missile on Thursday, but the did not reveal its identity, possibly indicating it is a new development of its Babur land-attack cruise missile.” Source: Pakistan conducts anti-ship missile test

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16 Mar 2017

Somali force and pirates aboard hijacked vessel exchange fire

“Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said.” Source: Somali force and pirates aboard hijacked vessel exchange fire | Top News | Reuters

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15 Mar 2017

China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island

“China has started fresh construction work in the disputed South China Sea, new satellite images show, a sign that Beijing is continuing to strengthen its military reach across the vital trade waterway.” Source: China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island – Channel NewsAsia

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15 Mar 2017

Seized Oil Tanker with 8 Crew Anchored Off Somalia Coast

“The hijackers who seized an oil tanker and its eight-man crew off Somalia are demanding ‘compensation’ for a rise in illegal fishing in Somali waters.” Source: Seized Oil Tanker with 8 Crew Anchored Off Somalia Coast

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14 Mar 2017

U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes

“As the USS Carl Vinson plowed through seas off South Korea on Tuesday, rival North Korea warned the United States of ‘merciless’ attacks if the carrier infringes on its sovereignty or dignity during U.S.-South Korean drills.” Source: U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes |

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13 Mar 2017

Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say

“Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.” Source: Exclusive: Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say

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10 Mar 2017

China stealth jet enters service, navy building ‘first class’ fleet

“China has put into service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, as senior naval officers said the country was building a ‘first class’ navy and developing a marine corps.” Source: China stealth jet enters service, navy building

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09 Mar 2017

Iran disputes U.S. allegations about encounter at sea

“Iran says a vessel from a joint U.S. and British naval fleet approached Revolutionary Guard boats in the Strait of Hormuz in an ‘unprofessional’ manner aimed at escalating tensions in the region.” Source: Iran disputes U.S. allegations about encounter at sea

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08 Mar 2017

US-Israel-Greece poised for annual maritime drill in Eastern Mediterranean

“The trilateral Noble Dina exercise between the American, Israeli and Hellenic navies will begin later this month, with nearly a dozen surface ships, submarines and related air assets scheduled to engage in joint reconnaissance, counterterror and antisubmarine warfare training.” Source: US-Israel-Greece poised for annual maritime drill in Eastern Mediterranean

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