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  • Search for Missing MH370 Uncovers Sea Floor Terrain That May Better Predict Tsunamis

    10/09/2014 6:36:14 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    Accuweather.com ^ | 9 October 2014 | Katy Galimberti
    The continuing search for a commercial plane missing for more than six months has led to new ocean discoveries that could save countless lives in the event of catastrophic tsunamis.While conducting the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet that disappeared in March with more than 200 souls on board, Australian scientists have uncovered underwater volcanoes and ridges within the depths of the Southern Indian Ocean.Before being prompted by the search efforts, radars and other technologies had yet to delve that deep into the area of the ocean off the western coast of Australia. However, the region is not...
  • Strange but true: Seals found sexually assaulting penguins

    11/25/2014 4:37:29 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    CBS ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Amanda Schupak
    The first time marine biologist William Haddad and his team saw a seal rape a penguin, they were shocked.By the fourth time, they were convinced this bizarre behavior was becoming a trend.For 50 years, researchers from the marine mammal program at the University of Pretoria in South Africa have been taking weekly censuses of the elephant seal population on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, more than a thousand miles south of Cape Town in the Indian Ocean. In 2006, they saw something they'd never seen before. A fur seal (not the species they were studying) mounted and appeared to mate with a...
  • CHINESE SUBMARINES TASTE INDIAN OCEAN

    10/01/2014 5:24:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2014 | VIJAY SAKHUJA
    A Chinese military website, ostensibly sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army, quoting Sri Lanka media has reported that a Chinese Type 039 diesel-electric Song-class submarine along with Changxing Dao, a submarine support ship from the North Sea Fleet was sighted berthed alongside at the Colombo International Container Terminal. Although the pictures of the submarine and the support vessel together in the port have not been published either by the Sri Lankan or the Chinese media, it is believed that the submarine arrived in early September just before the Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit to Sri Lanka. The report also states...
  • PLA sub's Sri Lanka visit suggests China projecting power into Indian Ocean

    09/24/2014 9:36:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-09-25
    The Changzheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine has become the first Chinese submarine to visit Colombo Harbor in Sri Lanka according to the website of state-run Sri Lanka News on Sept. 15. The Chinese submarine arrived at Colombo Harbor one day before Chinese president Xi Jinping began his visit to the country on Sept. 16. In addition to the Changzheng 2, there were two other People's Liberation Army Navy warships in the harbour. The Changzheng 2 is currently under the command of the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet. Equipped with C-801 anti-ship missiles, it is capable of attacking...
  • Mega-Tsunami Theory Disputed (Australia)

    02/03/2008 4:35:17 PM PST · by blam · 47 replies · 256+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2-3-2008
    Mega-tsunami theory disputed February 03, 2008 SUPPOSED evidence Australia has been subject to prehistoric tsunamis up to 20m in height over the past 10,000 years could just be the result of Aboriginal occupation, a major conference is set to hear tomorrow. Archaeologists from the Australian National University say the theory about the mega-tsunamis, which has influenced the development of emergency service plans in Western Australia, is not supported by evidence. In 2003 Australian geological researchers suggested prehistoric tsunamis over the past 10,000 years were much larger than those recorded since European settlement, including findings of surges up to 20m in...
  • CNN "SHOCKER": MH370 Intact, All Alive, Plane Was Followed By Military Jets (Video)

    04/08/2014 10:10:22 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 106 replies
    Conservative Infidel ^ | April 9th, 2014
    Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:19 am. by: Santo Lippo KUALA LUMPUR (INTELLIHUB) — In a strange twist of events Sara Bajc, the girlfriend of missing flight 370 passenger Phillip Wood, told CNN how the Malaysian military and even the U.S. are likely involved in a massive cover-up surrounding the aircrafts disappearance on the morning of Mar. 8. Astonishingly Bajc told CNN, “The jet [flight 370] had actually been accompanied by fighter planes, there is some witness to that.”. “I think we need to have a better view into where that plane went and who has got it...
  • Purported Communication from Flight 370

    04/01/2014 5:02:45 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 18 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | April1, 2014 | Shepard Ambellas
    INDIAN OCEAN (INTELLIHUB) — According to freelance journalist Jim Stone, one of the American passengers, Phillip Wood, a technical storage executive at IBM, who was aboard the now missing Malaysian Airlines flight, keystered his iPhone 5 in his anus after the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people was hijacked by military personnel while on route to China. Amazingly, Stone claims that metadata within the photo yields evidence confirming “100 percent” that Phillip Wood sent the photo, along with a brief voice activated text, from GPS coordinates which put Wood only a few miles away from the U.S. controlled Diego Garcia military...
  • Finding lost Malaysia plane may be impossible: US official

    03/30/2014 11:08:33 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    New York Post | March 31, 2014 | Bruce Golding
    A US Navy official warned Sunday that finding the missing Malaysian jet may be impossible, as efforts to locate the plane intensified ahead of the expected failure of its black-box homing beacons. “It all depends on how effective we are at reducing that search area,” Capt. Mark Matthews told reporters at Australia’s Stirling Naval Base near Perth. “Right now, the search area is basically the size of the Indian Ocean, which would take an untenable amount of time to search.”
  • Watch Video: 122 objects discovered in Flight 370 search area

    03/26/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The declaration that Flight 370 has been lost with no survivors got more supporting evidence overnight. Pictures taken Sunday from a French satellite show 122 objects in the water 2555 kilometers (1588 miles) southwest of Perth in the south Indian Ocean, where investigators now believe the airplane eventually crashed. Malaysia’s government announced the findings in a press conference a short while ago:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Satellite images taken on Sunday show 122 “potential objects” in the search for debris from missing flight MH370, Malaysian investigators said Wednesday.Analysis of the images, which were supplied by France-based aeronautical firm Airbus...
  • Chinese satellite finds object that might be Flight 370

    03/22/2014 3:32:35 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 56 replies
    KPRC Houston ^ | 3/22/14 | CNN staff
    (CNN) - China has new satellite images showing a large object floating in the southern search area, the Malaysian transport minister said Saturday. The object is 22 meters long and 30 meters wide, (72 feet by 98 feet) , Hishammuddin Hussein announced. He told reporters he's just gotten the information, and China will release more details in "coming hours." The search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded Saturday as various countries dispatched additional aircraft and ships to scan the choppy waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
  • China has new images showing object in southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia says

    03/22/2014 5:23:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2014 | By Mitra Mobasherat
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- China has new satellite images showing a large object floating in the southern Indian Ocean, and will be sending ships to verify, the Malaysian transport minister said Saturday. The object is 22.5 meters long and 13 meters wide, (74 feet by 43 feet ), Hishammuddin Hussein announced. He told reporters he'd just gotten the information, and China will release more details in the "coming hours."
  • Missing MH370: Plane Believed to Have Flown Into Southern Indian Ocean

    03/19/2014 12:37:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday March 19, 2014
    Investigators examining the March 8 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people aboard believe it most likely that the plane flew into the southern Indian Ocean, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday.
  • Radar Shows Plane Deliberately Flew Toward Indian Ocean: Reports

    03/14/2014 9:03:51 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 236 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 14, 2014 | Alastair Jamieson
    Military radar evidence suggests the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was deliberately flown west toward the Indian Ocean’s Andaman Islands, sources told Reuters on Friday as mounting evidence pointed to a criminal inquiry into Flight MH370. Two sources told Reuters that an unidentified aircraft – believed by investigators to be the missing Boeing 777 - was following a route between navigational way-points, indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.
  • Missing MH370: US Navy to Deploy P-8A Poseidon Aircraft for Search Mission

    03/13/2014 11:04:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday March 14, 2014 | Victoria Brown
    The US Navy will deploy a P-8A Poseidon to aid in the search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The US Navy said it would move a P-8A Poseidon to the search area on Saturday, according to a statement by the American Embassy in Malaysia on Friday. However, it did not specify the area. "The P-3C Orion will remain on station to assist with the search in a daily rotation with the P-8. This move adds the P-8s enhanced technology and greater range to the search efforts while maximising planned maintenance and guarding against air crew fatigue for...
  • Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say

    03/13/2014 5:02:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 144 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Mar 2014 | MARTHA RADDATZ, DAVID KERLEY and JOSH MARGOLIN
    Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure. The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder -- which transmits location and altitude -- shut down at 1:21 a.m. This indicates it may well have been a deliberate act, ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said. U.S. investigators told ABC News that the two modes of communication were "systematically shut down."...
  • US Officials Have 'Indication' Malaysia Airline Crashed into Indian Ocean

    03/13/2014 11:38:06 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 109 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Mar 2014 | MARTHA RADDATZ
    U.S. officials have an "indication" the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have crashed in the Indian Ocean and is moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching. It will take another 24 hours to move the ship into position, a senior Pentagon official told ABC News. "We have an indication the plane went down in the Indian Ocean," the senior official said. The official said there were indications that the plane flew four or five hours after disappearing from radar and that they believe it went into the water. Pentagon officials said that the USS Kidd was being...
  • US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose

    03/13/2014 1:52:00 PM PDT · by blam · 107 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Michael Kelley
    US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose Michael KelleyMarch. 13, 2014, 11:06 AM U.S. investigators suspect that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours after it reached its last confirmed location, according to Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal. The Journal originally reported that they obtained data from the aircraft's engines, but then issued a correction saying that U.S. investigators based their position on "an analysis of signals sent through the plane’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems." Satellites...
  • Was Israel’s Latest ‘Air’ Attack on Syria from a Submarine?

    07/21/2013 7:04:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2013 | By Tom Gross
    An attack two weeks ago that destroyed an advanced Russian missile shipment delivered to Syria’s Assad regime should also serve as a warning to Iran – and to those complacent Western diplomats who have (dangerously in my view) reconciled themselves to the idea of allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. For it seems that the July 5 attack on an arms depot near the Syrian naval base of Latakia, which has been attributed to Israel, came not from the air (as CNN and the New York Times reported last weekend) but from under the water....
  • Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.

    02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 73 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA
    UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.
  • A Hidden Victim of Somali Pirates: Science

    05/05/2013 6:57:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | April 25, 2013 | Paul Salopek in Djibouti city
    Oceanic sediment cores offer researchers a valuable archive of Earth's climate history. Ancient pollen, plankton, dust, and other clues collected from seafloors provide the bulk of what scientists know about global changes to the planet's ecosystems over time. In 2011, Feakins devised a novel way of harnessing this technology to test one of the oldest questions of human evolution: Did our ancestors actually climb down from trees because of expanding savannas in Africa? By poring over cores from the seas off East Africa, she would be able to peel back layers of ancient, windblown carbon isotopes associated with grasslands, settling...
  • US inducted as dialogue partner in Indian Ocean Rim grouping

    11/02/2012 5:47:30 AM PDT · by coldphoenix
    The Hindu ^ | 02 Nov 2012 | The Hindu
    The U.S. was on Friday inducted as a dialogue partner in the 20-nation Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) grouping, following hectic back-door diplomacy led by India. The decision to induct the U.S. as the sixth dialogue partner was taken at the Ministerial Meeting of the grouping in Gurgaon. The other five dialogue partners are — China, Japan, the U.K., France and Egypt. The induction process came following a request from the U.S., which had applied for the status of a dialogue partner a few months back. The U.S. had also taken up the matter with India, the current...
  • Pakistan leader visits Russia after bin Laden death

    05/11/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | May 11, 2011
    AFP - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian leaders on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host Zardari for talks on Thursday at the Kremlin where officials from the two countries were also expected to sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aviation and energy, a spokesman for the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow told AFP. "Economics will be the focus of the visit," said the spokesman, Raja Abdul Qayyum. The three-day visit to Russia will be Zardari's first...
  • As China Eyes Indian Ocean, Japan and India Pair Up on Defense

    07/28/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | The New York Times
    For two days last month, ships from the Indian and Japanese naval forces held joint military exercises in waters off Tokyo. By military standards, the exercises were small in scale. But they were heavy with symbolism and brought to light another facet of the growing relationship between the two countries — defense. Such joint exercises might be standard practice in international military-to-military exchanges, but with growing regional tensions — like in the South China Sea, located between India and Japan — they take on a more complex meaning. “If you look at it through a containment of China prism, it...
  • Mauritius offers India two islands in an effort to preserve tax treaty ["For strategic presence"]

    07/05/2012 5:51:12 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 6, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: How far will a country go to secure a favourable deal for itself? Pretty far, it seems. Mauritius has offered a couple of sun-drenched islands to India as part of a trade and investment deal. While the offer has been talked about for a while, Mauritius has revived it - at a time when it's very keen on persevering with the 1983 double-taxation avoidance treaty with India. Mauritius foreign affairs and trade minister Arvin Boolell said that it was up to India to use the islands to its advantage. He said the "blue economy" had great potential. India...
  • Earthquake, Sumatra, 8.7 mag

    04/11/2012 2:22:47 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 87 replies
    More shake, rattle and roll on the other side of the planet. 8.7 this morning; Tsunami warning for Indonesia, not for Japan. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000905e#summary
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 55 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Cruise Ship Adrift Off Seychelles

    02/27/2012 9:52:41 AM PST · by FoxPro · 108 replies · 5+ views
    Voice of America ^ | Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am
    An Italian cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board is reported to be adrift off the coast of Seychelles. The Italian coast guard said Monday the Costa Allegra is drifting in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the Seychelles islands. Officials say a fire on board caused the ship's engines to fail. There have been no reports of injuries.
  • Eye on China, Navy boosts Eastern Command

    04/07/2011 9:43:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Apr 8, 2011
    Eye on China, Navy boosts Eastern Command NEW DELHI: With an eye on China as well as in keeping with India's "Look East" policy, the Navy is slowly but surely bolstering force levels on the eastern coast with new warships, aircraft and spy drones as well as forward-operating bases (FOBs). So much so that the Navy has now upgraded the post of the chief of staff (CoS) at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), which is next only to the flag officer commanding-in-chief, to a three-star general rank. Vice-Admiral S Lanba will take over as the new CoS at ENC on...
  • China challenges US predominance in Asia-Pacific

    03/07/2011 4:03:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    China challenges US predominance in Asia-Pacific (AP) – 3 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — When China launched threatening war games off Taiwan 15 years ago on the eve of an election on the self-governing island, the U.S. deployed two aircraft carriers, and China quickly backed down. Things don't seem so one-sided any more. China's military has been on a spending spree at a time that the debt-ridden U.S. government is looking to cut defense costs. On Friday, China announced a 12.7 percent hike for this year, the latest in a string of double-digit increases. That trend has triggered worries in...
  • Why the Indian Ocean Matters

    03/02/2011 7:23:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 02, 2011 | Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
    Why the Indian Ocean Matters March 02, 2011 By Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe In the fourth in our series on understanding Asia-Pacific sea power, we look at what the rise of India and China means for the region. As the third-largest body of water in the world, and containing vital sea lanes that help feed some of Asia’s largest economies, the importance of the Indian Ocean has long been clear. However, the relative decline of US power in the region has left a void that is increasingly being filled by China and India, both eager to secure their position as major powerbrokers...
  • Chinese Nukes Move South

    10/27/2010 9:55:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/27/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Chinese Type 093 class SSN (nuclear attack sub) was recently seen moored at their new naval base on Hainan island. This base, just north of Vietnam, must make the Indians nervous, because more and more Chinese warships are showing up in the Indian Ocean. It was only a year ago that China confirmed, as many suspected, that the first Type 093 boar entered service in December, 2006. Officially, that was a secret, and Chinese nuclear subs don't go to sea at much, so it's difficult to tell if new ones are actually in service, and not just tied up at...
  • Blondes-Only Resort Planned for the Maldives

    10/05/2010 3:24:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Oct 5, 2010
    Enough with the dumb blonde jokes. A Lithuanian company is planning a holiday resort in the Maldives staffed entirely by blondes, BBC News reports. The company, Olialia — pronounced "Ooh-la-la" — plans to entice tourists by employing only blondes and offering direct flights to the island on planes crewed by, you guessed it, more blondes. Olialia is already run and staffed by blonde women and has a variety of business interests, from selling food products to operating a limo service to running parties at popular Lithuanian nightclubs. Olialia's managing director, Giedre Pukiene, told BBC News that she wants to break...
  • The Game is Changing and the US is Now on the Defensive

    09/21/2010 3:30:21 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 17 replies
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 09/20/2010 | Gregory Copley
    Two warships of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) docked at a port in Myanmar on August 29, 2010, in the first publicized PLAN ship visit — but not the first actual PLAN visit — to Myanmar. It was a move designed to help pre-position the PRC in its relations with Myanmar in the lead up to that country’s upcoming national elections. The move also ended two decades of discreet PRC approaches to its naval presence in the Indian Ocean. It also follows the open PLAN task force presence in anti-piracy operations off the Horn of...
  • American SSGNs Prowl The Pacific

    07/14/2010 4:17:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 7/14/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the last month, three of the four American SSGNs (former ballistic missile subs each now carrying 154 cruise missiles and SEAL commando teams) appeared in the Pacific and Indian oceans (the Philippines, South Korea and Diego Garcia). Some through this was a message for China, but, in fact, the SSGNs go where the potential trouble is. When questioned, U.S. Navy officials responded that, for the first time, all four SSGNs were operating at sea, in locations distant from their bases. Two years ago, the U.S. Navy completed the conversion of the last of four Ohio class ballistic missile submarines...
  • 7.7 Earthquake Nicobar Islands, India region

    06/12/2010 1:08:54 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 58 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami warning for all areas of the Indian Ocean after a 7.7 earthquake struck Nicobar Islands India Region. A Tsunami Watch is in effect for India / Indonesia / Sri Lanka / Myanmar / Thailand / Malaysia. Officials say earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a destructive local tsunami and sometimes a destructive regional tsunami along coasts located usually no more than a thousand kilometers from the earthquake epicenter. It says areas further from the epicenter could experience small sea level changes and strong or unusual coastal currents. It...
  • French fishing boat rescues stranded Calif. teen (French captain fell into ocean during rescue)

    06/12/2010 7:04:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 407 replies · 4,147+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/12/10 | THOMAS WATKINS
    A French fishing vessel rescued a California teenager Saturday from her crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean, bringing relief to her family but ending her around-the-world sailing effort.
  • Iran warship tests home-built torpedo: report

    05/09/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Yahoo News.com ^ | 5/9/2010 | Yahoo News.com
    Iranian warship the Jamaran on Sunday test-fired a home-built torpedo for the first time as part of ongoing naval war games in the Gulf, state television's website reported. "This torpedo is anti-submarine and when it is fired from the warship, it automatically hunts for the submarine and destroys it," navy commander Arya Hassani was quoted as saying. The report said the torpedo was fired from the Iran-built Jamaran, which was deployed earlier this year. It has a displacement of around 1,400 tonnes and is equipped for electronic warfare. On Wednesday the Islamic republic's navy began eight days of manoeuvres in...
  • U.S. Navy Ship Grabs More Pirates, Lets Them Go

    04/04/2010 1:40:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 966+ views
    ABC News ^ | 4/2/2010 | ABC News
    A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate "mother ship" in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go. It was the second time within 24 hours that U.S. forces captured Somali pirates. Earlier Thursday, five pirates were taken into custody after they attacked a U.S. warship. While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small skiffs after the mother ship was sunk. The action prompted a Pentagon spokesman to deny that the Navy had a "catch and release" policy regarding pirates. A Naval official told ABC...
  • US Navy frigate captures 5 pirates near Seychelles

    04/01/2010 8:30:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 497+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 4/1/2010 | AP Via Yahoo News
    The small gang of Somali pirates fired on an approaching ship, hoping their midnight attack would bring them millions in ransom. The ragtag bandits, though, had taken on far more than they could handle: a U.S. warship. The USS Nicholas, a guided missile frigate, was tracking the pirates when they opened fire early Thursday in Indian Ocean waters, the U.S. military said. The Nicholas, which saw combat in the first Gulf War, returned fire and disabled the skiff. Navy personnel later boarded and detained three suspects. The Americans found two more bandits on a nearby mothership and later sank the...
  • Final destination Iran?

    03/21/2010 9:00:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 308+ views
    Scotland Sunday Hearld ^ | 3/14/2010 | Rob Edwards
    The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures. Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons. Although Diego Garcia is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, it is used...
  • Pilots wear diapers on bombing missions

    03/21/2010 8:54:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 636+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 3/21/2010 | Hindustan Times
    Fighter pilots wore diapers and flew non-stop for more than nine hours to carry out the Indian Air Force's farthest and longest bombing exercise recently - symbolising the IAF's extended reach. They flew Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters to destroy mock targets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A senior IAF officer told HT, "The fighters dropped air-to-ground ordnance for the first time on an uninhabited island in the Andamans. We want to exploit the location of these islands to train fighter pilots for extreme missions." Six fighter planes were launched from air force bases in Bareilly and Pune for the experimental...
  • China's Sri Lanka port raises concern

    02/18/2010 7:30:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 190+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/17/2010 | UPI via Space War
    China's construction of a port in Sri Lanka and a Chinese admiral's suggestion Beijing build a naval base in the Gulf of Aden has raised fears in the Middle East that a confrontation between China and India is looming along vital energy export routes. Both the Asian titans, whose economies continue to expand despite the global financial meltdown, are heavily dependent on Middle Eastern oil and will become more so as supplies dwindle. The Indians are building their naval forces across these vital shipping lanes through which some 85 percent of China's oil supplies pass along with raw materials from...
  • China spurs navy fortification in Andaman

    02/10/2010 1:34:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 01/07/2010 | Rahul Singh
    China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean region appears to have injected new momentum in India’s efforts to fortify its farthest military outpost, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Plans are afoot to upgrade airstrips to support fighter operations, induct 5,000 more troops and deploy additional warships, senior officials said. Myanmar’s Coco Islands, where the Chinese navy has reportedly set up a surveillance post, are barely 40 km from the Andamans’ northernmost tip Landfall. New Delhi may not openly flag concerns about China’s strategic moves to squeeze India with its presence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but there is a...
  • New Delhi looks to play facilitator in Indian Ocean region

    02/08/2010 12:10:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 283+ views
    The New Economic Times ^ | 01/08/2010 | The New Economic Times
    With Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters generating sonic booms over the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago on Sunday, even as the 3,500-km Agni-III missile created fireworks off the Orissa coast, India sent a strong strategic message across Bay of Bengal that it is ready to play the role of a security facilitator in the larger Indian Ocean Region (IOR). India might not want to be seen as a regional supercop in the IOR, nor as the prime mover of a naval military bloc in the Asia-Pacific region . But yes, it has legitimate security concerns in the IOR, which falls in its strategic...
  • 'India to be net provider of security in Indian Ocean, beyond'

    02/04/2010 7:56:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 305+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | 02/02/2010 | rediff.com
    Taking note of India's 'growing influence' in global affairs, the United States has said the country will be a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond with the growth of its military capabilities. "The distribution of global political, economic and military power is shifting and becoming more diffuse. The rise of China, the world's most populous country, and India, the world's largest democracy, will continue to reshape the international system," said the Quadrennial Defence Review report released by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. The once-in-a-four year report, which shapes the policy of the Pentagon for the next...
  • Obama's Yemeni odyssey targets China

    01/16/2010 5:35:11 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies · 379+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | M K Bhadrakumar
    The US has signaled that the odyssey doesn't end with Yemen. It is also moving into Somalia and Kenya. With that, the US establishes its military presence in an entire unbroken stretch of real estate all along the Indian Ocean's western rim. Chinese officials have of late spoken of their need to establish a naval base in the region. The US has now foreclosed China's options. The only country with a coastline that is available for China to set up a naval base in the region will be Iran. All other countries have a Western military presence.
  • The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen

    01/09/2010 11:54:07 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 719+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen Joe Weisenthal Jan. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM The war on terror is back, though the story has moved from Afghanistan (which is ostensibly now in nation-building mode) to Yemen, which up until recently, many Americans probably had never heard of. Asia Times has an excellent overview of the situation written by former Indian ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. What's most interesting is his analysis of Yemen through the lens of the broader tension between the US and China. Most important, however, for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control...
  • Somali pirates hijack two ships

    12/29/2009 2:59:37 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 25 replies · 1,147+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 29, 2009
    Somali pirates have captured two ships with 45 crew off the East African coast, officials say. A UK-flagged chemical tanker, the St James Park, was reportedly captured in the Gulf of Aden on Monday while on its way to Thailand from Spain. Its 26 crew hail from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Georgia, India, Turkey and the Philippines. The Navios Apollon, a Panamanian-flagged Greek cargo ship with 19 crew, was hijacked north of the Seychelles. The 50,000-tonne carrier - which had been sailing from the US state of Florida to India - was boarded on Monday by 10 men in...
  • (Indian)Navy eyes Maldives-Counter to China’s ‘string of pearls’ plan

    08/20/2009 4:20:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1,142+ views
    The Telegraph India ^ | August 20 , 2009 | Sujan Dutta
    Navy eyes Maldives - Counter to China’s ‘string of pearls’ plan SUJAN DUTTA New Delhi, Aug. 19: A tiny pearl of an island with a former World War II airbase in the Maldives is now the Indian Navy’s strategic object of desire. Defence minister A.K. Antony’s visit to the Maldives with a high-level team for three days starting tomorrow will not name Gan, or Addu Atoll, where the coral island is located, just south of the equator. But the navy wants a permanent presence in Gan for its surveillance aircraft, along with a presence of its ships and other aircraft...
  • Magnitude 7.6 quake hits off India's Andaman Islands

    08/10/2009 1:32:25 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 30 replies · 3,300+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/10/2009 | n/a
    A massive magnitude 7.6 quake struck in the Indian Ocean off India's Andaman Islands, triggering a tsunami watch for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Monday. The USGS said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.7, was 20.6 miles deep and was centered 160 miles north of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.