December 20, 2008 |
A Russian anti-submarine destroyer and two logistical warships docked in Cuba in a nonmilitary visit Friday, the first of its kind since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The arrival was an extension of a tour that has included stops in Venezuela and Panama and shows Moscow's desire to flex some muscle in the United States' backyard after Washington supported the former Soviet republic of Georgia in its recent battle with Russia.
July 15, 2008 |
Russia announced it is sending warships to patrol Arctic waters for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Patrols by the Northern Fleet's Severomorsk submarine destroyer and Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser will begin Thursday, Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said. Russia began sending aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea in December and resumed long-range bomber patrols in August.
May 28, 2008 |
The Coast Guard said it would temporarily stop its review and suspend its pursuit of a $96.1-million refund for faulty ships built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. pending a Justice Department investigation. The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security's office of the inspector general are investigating the Coast Guard's Deepwater contracts, including the eight, 123-foot patrol boats found to have structural problems.
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.