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.
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.
November 28, 2007 |
Top U.S. Navy officials sharply criticized China on Tuesday for refusing to allow U.S. warships to stop in Hong Kong last week, signaling a potential fracture in American-Chinese relations just a short time after a visit to Beijing by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. On Nov. 20, the Chinese refused to allow two minesweepers, the Patriot and Guardian, to enter Hong Kong to refuel and take refuge from a storm.
November 23, 2007 |
China's decision to block the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk from a long-planned Thanksgiving visit to Hong Kong, before relenting 24 hours later "on humanitarian grounds," had all the markings of a diplomatic slap in the face, analysts say. It just wasn't terribly clear whose face it was aimed at.
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November 11, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- An explosion in the hull of a dry-docked Navy vessel Saturday left six people injured, one of them critically, a fire official said. The Lake Champlain was undergoing routine maintenance in a shipyard at about noon when the explosion in its fuel tank occurred, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. One worker suffered life-threatening burns and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, Luque said.