18 Jun 2018

One US Coast Guard ship, 80 days, 6 seizures, seven tons of cocaine

Highlighting the massive scale of the international drug trade, a single coast guard cutter intercepted 6 smuggling operations and seized 7 tons of cocaine over a period of 80 days in the Pacific Ocean. The drugs seized are valued at an estimated 206 million USD. While the seizures are presented

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12 Jun 2018

Hackers Can Hijack, Sink Ships: Researchers

Software and hardware used by ships are vulnerable to tracking, and even hijacking ships, according to a study by cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners. Vulnerabilities are caused by satellite communications systems with insufficient protections that allow hackers to gain admin access. From this point, hackers can manipulate navigation and even

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01 Jun 2018

Citing WWII Experience, Pentagon Suggests U.S. Has the Technical and Expert Capacity ‘Take Down’ China’s Man-Made Islands

Responding to questions on China and the South China Sea tensions, a Pentagon official cited U.S. experience in island campaigns in the Pacific, saying that the military has the technical and expert know-how to “take down” these small islands.  The Pentagon’s Joint Staff director tempered these statements, adding that this

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28 May 2018

U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

“Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two U.S. officials told Reuters, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.” Source: Exclusive: U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed

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24 May 2018

Saudi-led coalition foils Houthi attacks on Red Sea ships, Saudi and UAE media say

“A Saudi-led military coalition foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement against commercial vessels, including an oil tanker, in the Red Sea, Saudi and Emirati state media said on Wednesday.” Source: Saudi-led coalition foils Houthi attacks on Red Sea ships, Saudi and UAE media say |

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21 May 2018

Smooth maiden sail of first made-in-China aircraft carrier

“It appears that China’s first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier had plain sailing, after it cruised back home and anchored at its original construction berth at the Dalian Shipyard last Friday, with nothing off-script occurring throughout its six-day maiden sea trial.” Source: Smooth maiden sail of first made-in-China aircraft carrier |

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16 May 2018

Coast Guard seeks feedback on potential impact of 6 new icebreakers

“The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting feedback on their six new polar icebreakers, which are expected to train in Arctic waters as soon as 2023.” Source: Coast Guard seeks feedback on potential impact of 6 new icebreakers | Alaska Public Media

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16 May 2018

America’s Dying Merchant Marine Fleet Hurts US Military Power Abroad

“The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America’s position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.” Source: America’s Dying Merchant Marine Fleet Hurts US

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15 May 2018

Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

“Japan approved Tuesday a new ocean policy that highlights maritime security, amid perceived growing threats from North Korea and China, in a reversal from the previous version which focused largely on sea resource development.” Source: Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy | The Japan Times

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09 May 2018

Russia uses Syrian war to boost Mediterranean presence, US Navy admiral says

“Russia has taken advantage of its military role in Syria to bolster its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean region, making the region ‘very crowded,’ NATO’s southern Europe commander said Monday.” Source: Russia uses Syrian war to boost Mediterranean presence, US Navy admiral says

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