Defense Technology International – Malaysia Takes Delivery of Its First Ever Submarine Malaysia took delivery today of its first ever submarine: a Scorpene built by French military shipyard DCNS in partnership with Spanish shipyard Navantia.
Monthly Archives:: January 2009
BBC – On board Navy’s new hi-tech ship A look at HMS Daring, the first of six Type 45 Anti Air Warfare Destroyers in production for the Royal Navy.
Associated Press – Arctic’s thaw brings security risks for NATO NATO will need a military presence in the Arctic as global warming melts frozen sea routes and major powers rush to lay claim to lucrative energy reserves, the military bloc’s chief said Thursday.
The Times – Russian military a ‘paper tiger’ despite symbolic comeback, says IISS Russia may be flexing its military muscle once again, sending warships into international waters and dispatching long-range bombers on reconnaissance trips, but the former superpower remains a paper tiger, according to a respected London think-tank.
Associated Press – Japan orders ships to fight Somalia pirates Japan’s defense minister Wednesday ordered the dispatch of ships to fight pirates off the shores of Somalia, joining countries ranging from the United States to Iran to China in the battle against the outlaws.
2008 World Naval Operational News Highlights The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included: The increasing amount of piracy off of Somalia, and the increasingly ad-hoc response from the world’s navies. It seems the law needs to catch up with reality, and that there needs to be better coordination between the [...]
Defense Technology International – French Navy Deploys Anti-Smuggling Surveillance Frigate Off Gaza Coast A French frigate carrying a helicopter was on its way Friday to international waters off the coast of Gaza to participate in a mission against arms trafficking in the Palestinian territory.
Washington Times – China tries American ‘soft power’ with hospital ship China’s military has a new weapon in the country’s soft-power arsenal that copies a technique long used by the United States – a 10,000-ton hospital ship to be deployed for humanitarian purposes in Asia and beyond. The vessel, dubbed Ship 866, is meant to [...]
Virginian Pilot – Navy gets approval for sonar in Atlantic The government agency responsible for protecting marine mammals on Friday broadly authorized the Navy to use sonar off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico for the next five years.
Foreign Affairs – Where Are the Civilians? How to Rebuild the U.S. Foreign Service If it hopes to achieve its foreign policy agenda, the Obama administration will need to undo the damage to the Foreign Service wrought by the Bush administration.
Virginian Pilot – Faced with rising piracy problem, Navy is taking fight to Africa In just two weeks, a new U.S. Navy anti-piracy effort has picked up a pair of allies – the weather and a nation willing to accept captured pirates. Choppy seas have discouraged piracy attempts since the Navy established the force, known [...]
The Times – John Hutton ‘deceived MPs over Navy cuts’ John Hutton has been accused of deceiving Parliament over his explanation for a two-year delay in the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier programme. The allegation came after Lockheed Martin, the American defence company, contradicted his account. He had said that the delay was linked to a [...]
Center For A New American Security – From Preponderance to Partnership: American Maritime Power in the 21st Century A proposed naval strategy for the U.S. in the 21st century.
AFP – Sri Lankan Navy destoys four Tamil boats fleeing island Sri Lanka said yesterday it had destroyed four Tamil Tiger boats trying to escape government soldiers closing in on the rebels’ last base in the northeast of the island.
AFP – Cabinet backs plan to send SKorea warship against Somali pirates Seoul’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to send a warship and 310 troops to combat piracy off Somalia where several South Korean ships have been seized, officials said. The dispatch of a destroyer, which must be approved by parliament next month, would [...]
Air Force – PACAF’s “Vision” Thing A new wargame tells airmen what it will take to hold the line in the Far East.
Foreign Affairs – A Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age Secretary of Defense Robert Gates writes that the Pentagon has to do more than modernize its conventional forces; it must also focus on today’s unconventional conflicts — and tomorrow’s.
DefenseTech – Keeping Marines Off The Beach Norman Polmar writes that one of the leading candidates for cancellation by the new administration is the long-gestating Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), the advanced “amtrac” that has been under development for almost two decades.
Virginian Pilot – Navy backs plan to move an aircraft carrier to Mayport, Fla. The Navy on Wednesday formally endorsed plans to make Florida’s Mayport Naval Station the home of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, potentially ending Norfolk’s status as the lone nuclear-capable carrier port on the East Coast.
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