May 18, 2008 |
Myanmar's military government kept a French navy ship carrying relief supplies waiting outside its maritime border. The ship, loaded with food, medications and fresh water, was given the now familiar red light, a response that France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, called "nonsense." The government flew 60 diplomats and United Nations officials to the Irrawaddy River delta to see camps, aid and survivors of Tropical Cyclone Nargis. The diplomats were not swayed. "It was a show," Shari Villarosa, the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar, said after returning to Yangon.
March 1, 2008 |
A U.S. decision to dispatch a warship toward the Lebanese coast was denounced Friday by the Iranian- and Syrian-backed militant group Hezbollah. Bush administration officials said that positioning the destroyer Cole from the island of Malta farther east toward Lebanon was an attempt to bolster security in the Levant, which was the site of a 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. "The purpose of the U.S.
January 10, 2008 |
Iran on Wednesday accused the United States of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon that shows Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships near the Persian Gulf. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said that the "allegation is absurd, factually incorrect and reflects the lack of seriousness with which they take this serious incident." The video from Sunday's incident shows small Iranian boats swarming around the U.S. ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
December 6, 2007 |
Russia said Wednesday that it would start its first major naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea since Soviet times, the latest move by an increasingly assertive Moscow to demonstrate its military might. "The aim of the sorties is to ensure a naval presence in tactically important regions of the world ocean," Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told President Vladimir V. Putin, who wished the sailors well. The rest of the meeting was closed.
November 28, 2007 |
A warship from China dropped anchor off Tokyo in the communist nation's first military visit to Japan since World War II. The port call by the guided missile destroyer Shenzhen was part of an exchange that will bring a Japanese warship on a visit to China at a later date. "We have made big strides in our military relations, and your visit symbolizes this progress," Adm. Eiji Yoshikawa, chief of staff for Japan's navy, told the Chinese delegation.
October 30, 2007 |
Japan refueled its last warship in support of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan before Tokyo's naval mission in the Indian Ocean closes down Thursday, a defense official said. The official refused to give details. Kyodo News agency said the last ship refueled was a Pakistani navy destroyer. Japan, America's top ally in Asia, has refueled coalition warships in support of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan since 2001, and U.S. officials have clamored for an extension of the mission.