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  • U.S. Destroyer Joins Hunt For Vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight [No crash confirmation]

    03/08/2014 10:48:16 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies
    TIME ^ | 03/08/2014 | Sam Frizell
    The United States dispatched a destroyer to join the massive international search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing Saturday morning with 239 on board, as it appeared increasingly likely the plane had crashed into the ocean. Air traffic controllers lost track of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 shortly after it left Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, carrying 239 passengers and crew, half of which were Chinese nationals. Vietnam’s military said a search team discovered a 12-mile long oil slick in the Gulf of Thailand that may be the downed Boeing 777, but there had been no...
  • Iran reportedly sends two warships to Atlantic

    01/21/2014 8:19:32 AM PST · by SpinnerWebb · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    Two Iranian warships set sail Tuesday for the Atlantic Ocean on their navy's first-ever mission there, state TV reported. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate the ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond. The report said that the destroyer Sabalan and the logistic helicopter carrier Khark will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. "The warships will have task of securing shipping routes as well as training new personnel," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.
  • U.S. warships deploy for Sochi Olympics

    01/20/2014 5:31:38 PM PST · by EBH · 58 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Jacqueline Klimas and Cheryl K. Chumley
    The United States will deploy at least two warships into the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi, Russia, to respond to a potential terror attack during the upcoming Olympics, top officials said on Monday. The positioning of the ships would also enable the rapid evacuation of Americans in the event of an attack, CNN reported. The State Department would take the lead if evacuations became necessary. The ships will have helicopters that could fly Americans out of the country if needed. There are also aircraft on standby in Germany that could be at Sochi in about two hours if...
  • Chinese Navy exercise it's aircraft carrier battle group

    01/01/2014 11:40:42 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 47 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Chinese Navy (PLAN) exercises it's Carrier Strike Groupwith it's LPD and escorts, including two SSNs During the last week of December, the Chinese Navy, the PLAN, conducted exercises with a large group of vessels in what some are calling the Chinese combined fleet. It included their carrier, the Liaoning, CV-16, which is a modernized and refitted Russaain carrier and sister of the Russian, Kuznetsov. it included one of the Chinese large Landing Platform Docks (LPD) which is similar in size and function to the US Navy San Antonio Class LPDS. it included one of the Chinese Type 052C, Lanzhou...
  • Helicopter Rescue for Stranded Antarctic Ship on Hold for Better Weather

    01/01/2014 7:15:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 31, 2013 | Gio Benitez, Anthony Castellano, Mallory Thompson and Ben Krolowitz
    An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. A helicopter on board a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, will be used to collect the passengers once there is a break in the weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a Monday night conference...
  • Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

    12/13/2013 2:57:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 421 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering...
  • SYRIA: “No boots on the ground”…but 300 Marines on board USS San Antonio “just in case”

    09/03/2013 9:22:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 9/3/13 | staff
    Just in case WHAT? Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Mutt & Jeff of American Defense policy. We are so screwed.
  • Risky Business

    04/03/2013 10:48:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea. The Obama administration, meanwhile, sought to play down the Chinese military buildup along the border with Beijing’s fraternal communist ally despite the growing danger of conflict following unprecedented threats by Pyongyang to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons. Officials said one key military unit involved in the mobilization is the 190th Mechanized Infantry Brigade based in...
  • Navy moves ship off coast of Korean Peninsula, White House looks to 'reassure' allies

    04/01/2013 2:10:57 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 01, 2013 | Fox News
    The U.S. military has moved a Navy ship capable of intercepting missiles to waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, as threats from North Korea's Kim Jong Un escalate and the White House signals it wants to head off any potential conflict by flexing America's military might. A U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News that the Navy had moved the U.S. destroyer to a location near South Korea. The ship, the USS Fitzgerald, is equipped with the Aegis defense system and is capable of shooting down missiles. The defense official said the decision is not part of the...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: Power Passing Power

    03/01/2013 9:50:14 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 21, 2011 | U.S. Navy MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.
    On the right the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Red Sea's Strait of Bab el-Mandeb on June 21, 2011. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (MC2) Brooks B. Patton Jr., United States Navy  
  • The World's Largest Naval Station Is Packed Tight For Christmas (9 Flattops All In A Row)

    12/24/2012 6:16:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-24-2012 | Robert Johnson
    The World's Largest Naval Station Is Packed Tight For Christmas Robert JohnsonDecember 24,2012 The Navy does its best to get troops home for the holidays when it can, but this display at Norfolk Naval base is still more the exception than the rule. Nine "Flattops," five aircraft carriers, and four amphibious assault ships, are crammed together here at Norfolk among smaller ships and nuclear submarines from December 20, Navy photos. The nine flattops alone, number more than all eight battleships at Pearl Harbor in 1941. The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77),...
  • Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore On USS Eisenhower

    12/06/2012 5:34:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 83 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 6, 2012
    The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
  • Littoral Combat Ship to be commissioned on [Galveston] isle

    09/10/2012 2:12:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | September 10, 2012 | Bronwyn Turner
    More photosGALVESTON — Several thousand onlookers will crowd Pier 21 in Galveston next week, eager for a glimpse at a new breed of Navy warship and the crew that will man her. The vessel is a football field in length and so fast designers compare her to a sports car on supersized steroids. She’ll arrive at Port 21 as the Fort Worth and gain the official title of the USS Fort Worth after commissioning ceremonies Sept. 22. Ernie Connor, U.S. Navy retired, director of the Galveston Naval Foundation, described how events will take place during the ceremony. “Congressman Kay...
  • US Aircraft Carrier Passes Through Suez Canal

    07/19/2012 3:25:55 PM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies
    MENA ^ | July 18, 2012
    The US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 passed through the Suez Canal on Wednesday, carrying 113,000 tons of cargo en route to the Persian Gulf. Sources told the state-run MENA news service that the aircraft carrier was escorted by four US warships and special Suez Canal Authority tug boats.
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • USS Carl Vinson Reaches Middle East

    01/11/2012 8:24:53 AM PST · by Strategy · 38 replies
    Patch ^ | January 11, 2012
    The carrier, along with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, reaches the region as tensions are rising with Iran. Deployed San Diego-based ships in the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and Makin Island groups are now in the Middle East, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Central Command has announced. The sailors, Marines and airmen aboard the ships arrive after Iranian officials recent threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for the world's oil supply, and warned a departing U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, not to return to the Persian Gulf.
  • USS Ronald Reagan Moved After Detecting Radioactive Plume (Took 1 Months Radiation in 1 Hour)

    03/14/2011 2:11:19 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 184 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2011 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    USS Ronald Reagan Moved After Detecting Radioactive Plume Off Japan Ship's Crew Was Exposed to Low Level of Radiation By LUIS MARTINEZ March 14, 2011 The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and other US Navy ships in the waters off the quake zone in eastern Japan were repositioned after the detection of a low-level radiation plume from the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant located 100 miles away.
  • 400 US Marines in Greece for Libya deployment

    03/03/2011 4:05:50 AM PST · by maquiladora · 22 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | 3rd March 2011 - 12:37CET
    Around 400 US Marines have been dispatched to a US base in Greece ahead of deployment on warships off Libya, an American military spokesman said today. "The operation is part of forces reposition in the region... with regard to Libya," said Paul Farley, spokemsan for the US Souda base on the island of Crete. He said the troops from North Carolina arrived at the base on Wednesday and would later join two US warships in Mediterranean. The USS Kearsage and the USS Ponce steamed into the Mediterranean en route to Libya yesterday, the Suez Canal Authority said. The Kearsage amphibious...
  • US considers sending carrier to Korea

    06/02/2010 1:14:44 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 67 replies · 1,397+ views
    U.S. defense officials say they may deploy the massive aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the Korean Peninsula in the Yellow Sea, where North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship. The deployment would be a show of force by the U.S., which has vowed to protect South Korea and is seeking to blunt aggression from North Korea. An international investigation last month blamed North Korea for torpedoing the Cheonan warship in March, killing 46 sailors. U.S. officials, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Wednesday that a final decision on deployment of...
  • Navy's first littoral combat ship departing for maiden deployment

    02/12/2010 8:29:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Mayport Leader ^ | 1/12/2010 | The Mayport Leader
    The littoral combat ship USS Freedom will depart from Mayport Feb. 16 for its maiden deployment to the Southern Command and Pacific Command areas of responsibility. Freedom will deploy to the waters surrounding Latin America to conduct counter-illicit trafficking operations and theater security cooperation activities while en route to its new homeport of San Diego, Calif. The ship will embark Detachment 2 from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 in Norfolk, Va.; the first tailored LCS Surface Warfare Mission Package from San Diego; and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 704 from Miami to meet these mission requirements. "This deployment comes...
  • U.S. surrounds Iran with missile defenses

    01/31/2010 12:08:59 AM PST · by myknowledge · 70 replies · 4,152+ views
    UPI ^ | January 30, 2010
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The United States has speeded movement of anti-missile defenses to the Persian Gulf to put pressure on Iran, government officials say. Four countries in the region have accepted U.S. missile defense systems, and Aegis cruisers have been deployed, The New York Times reported Saturday. The move began under President George W. Bush but has recently been accelerated by President Obama. Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, discussed the deployment in a rare public forum at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington on Jan. 22. He did not name the countries...
  • Navy, Coast Guard deploying forces to Haiti

    01/13/2010 11:28:13 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 25 replies · 1,458+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 13 Jan 10 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thousands of Hampton Roads sailors received orders this morning to prepare to deploy to Haiti as part of a massive U.S. effort to deliver humanitarian assistance in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. At least four Norfolk-based ships are getting ready to leave for the impoverished country, said Ted Brown, a spokesman with Norfolk’s Fleet Forces Command. The amphibious assault ship Bataan, the guided missile cruiser Normandy and the dock landing ships Fort McHenry and Carter Hall will likely leave port by Friday, the Navy said. Expeditionary forces based at the Little Creek campus of the Joint Expeditionary Base...
  • Iran sends warships into Gulf of Aden

    07/31/2009 9:09:40 AM PDT · by FlorianG · 37 replies · 3,114+ views
    upi.com ^ | 7/30/2009 | UPI
    TEHRAN, July 30 (UPI) -- Iran has deployed a flotilla of warships and support vessels into the Gulf of Aden, the second in recent weeks, and says it also plans to establish a new naval base in the Gulf of Oman, at the southern end of the chokepoint Strait of Hormuz. This expanding naval activity by the Iranians may be intended to counter a recent increase in Israeli naval deployments. It also takes place against a backdrop of widening political turmoil in Tehran following the disputed re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12 that has caused international unease...
  • Israeli Warships Make Rare Suez Canal Crossing

    07/14/2009 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies · 3,233+ views
    AFP ^ | July 14, 2009
    Two Israeli navy ships made a rare crossing of Egypt's Suez Canal Tuesday, headed from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea in the latest of "unusual" navy drills spotted in Suez over the past month, a port source told AFP. One of the ships, the Hanit, already crossed the canal both ways in June, in what the source said was the first case of a large Israeli warship using the strategic waterway, although this was not possible to confirm officially.
  • USS Ronald Reagan Launches First Sorties in Relief of Eisenhower

    07/06/2009 4:50:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 1,775+ views
    ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN AT SEA, July 6, 2009 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group relieved the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group today in command of Task Force 50 and launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, July 6, 2009. Ronald Reagan relieved USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in command of Task Force 50 and launched its first sorties into Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Oliver Cole  (Click...
  • North Korean ship 'turned around'

    07/01/2009 9:24:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 1,086+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 1, 2009
    A North Korean ship being tracked by the United States Navy on suspicion of transporting weapons to Burma has turned around, US officials have said. They said they did not know where the ship was now heading, but South Korean media said it was going home. The UN passed a tough sanctions resolution, Number 1874, allowing for inspections of air, ship and land shipments in and out of North Korea. The resolution followed North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in May. The Kang Nam 1 ship set sail from North Korea on 17 June and appeared to be bound for...
  • North Korean ship now going the other way

    06/30/2009 11:59:38 AM PDT · by wonders · 17 replies · 867+ views
    AP ^ | 30 June 2009 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says a North Korean ship has turned around and is headed back the way it came, after being tracked for days by American vessels on suspicion it was carrying illicit weapons. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence, says it is unclear whether the Kang Nam is going back to its home port in North Korea or diverting elsewhere.
  • N Korean ship tracked by US 'heading for Myanmar'

    06/21/2009 2:23:18 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 6 replies · 1,372+ views
    Seoul: A North Korean ship being tracked by the US is believed to be sailing toward Myanmar, South Korea's television network YTN has quoted an unidentified South Korean intelligence source as saying. In what would be the first test case for new UN Security Council agreed sanctions, US officials said on Thursday the American Navy had begun tracking a North Korean-flagged ship which may be carrying illicit weapons. The officials said the ship left a port in North Korea on Wednesday and was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of China on Thursday. Seoul's Defence Ministry and Unification Ministry...
  • Pictured: The Massive Floating Destroyer The Americans Are Sending To Keep North Korean Missiles...

    06/19/2009 6:08:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 100 replies · 4,216+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 19, 2009
    Pictured: The massive floating destroyer the Americans are sending to keep North Korean missiles at bay By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 19th June 2009 USS John McCain: The destroyer has been deployed to intercept a North Korean vessel suspected of carrying illicit weapons The U.S. military is planning to intercept a North Korean ship suspected of carrying illicit nuclear materials and missiles. Navy destroyer the USS John McCain has been deployed to intercept the Kang Nam as it leaves the coast of China, according to a senior US defence official. The ship, which left a port in North Korea on Wednesday,...
  • Navy monitoring North Korean ship: U.S. officials

    06/18/2009 1:52:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo News ^ | 6/18/09 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is monitoring a North Korean ship at sea under new U.N. sanctions that bar Pyongyang from exporting weapons including missile parts and nuclear materials, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

    06/18/2009 1:28:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 910+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 18, 2009
    <p>A ship named Kang Nam left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying missile parts or nuclear materials in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution.</p> <p>Thursday, June 18, 2009 The U.S. military is tracking the North Korean ship shown here, called the Kang Nam.</p>
  • U.S.Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

    06/18/2009 11:12:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,953+ views
    U.S.Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes A ship named Kang Nam left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying missile parts or nuclear materials in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution. FOXNews.com Thursday, June 18, 2009 The U.S. military is tracking a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned. The ship, Kang Nam, left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials. The U.S. military has been...
  • Iran Sends 6 Warships to International Waters in 'Saber Rattling' Move

    05/26/2009 4:13:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 1,966+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2009
    Iran has sent six warships into international waters in a move security experts are calling a "muscle flexing" show of defiance following missile tests last week."Iran has dispatched six ... warships to international waters and the Gulf of Aden region in a historically unprecedented move by the Iranian Navy," Iranian Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told a gathering of armed forces officials, Reuters reported. Sayyari said the ships were moved to preserve Iran's territorial integrity in its southern waters, but foreign policy experts are calling it an aggressive move targeted at a Western audience as much as for regional powers like...
  • Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy (Tyrants react to weakness)

    05/25/2009 6:17:38 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 39 replies · 3,423+ views
    Al-Reuters ^ | May 25, 2009
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday. Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach. Iran said on May 14 it had sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect oil tankers from the world's fifth-largest crude exporter against attacks by pirates...
  • Navy warships dispatched as Spain invades seas around Gibraltar

    05/23/2009 7:29:31 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 56 replies · 1,793+ views
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 23rd May 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Navy warships dispatched as Spain invades seas around Gibraltar Royal Navy warships have forced heavily armed Spanish ships to retreat from British waters around Gibraltar. Relations between the 30,000 residents of the British outpost and mainland Spain have become strained following what the Foreign Office described as 'a violation of British sovereignty'. The warships were dispatched after Spanish ships sent boarding parties to inspect fishing boats in British waters, despite having no authority to do so. DISPUTE: Inhabitants are concerned the Spanish authorities want to control the British outpost of GibraltarThe Rock's inhabitants fear Spain could damage their economy by...
  • Officials: Navy has Amphibious Assault Ship Ready ( U.S.S. Boxer on the way )

    04/10/2009 5:10:07 PM PDT · by kellynla · 117 replies · 4,545+ views
    google.com ^ | 4/10/3009 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is moving a huge amphibious ship closer to the scene of the pirate hostage standoff off Somalia. Defense officials say the USS Boxer will be nearby soon. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss sensitive ship movements. The Boxer is the flag ship for a multination anti-piracy task force. The Boxer resembles a small aircraft carrier. It has a crew of more than 1,000, a mobile hospital, missile launchers and about two dozen helicopters and attack planes. Two other Navy ships are expected to remain much closer to...
  • Pirate ships converge on US hostage at sea

    04/10/2009 5:41:46 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 74 replies · 2,257+ views
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Escalating a dramatic Indian Ocean standoff, more U.S. warships — as well as pirate reinforcements with an international gallery of hostages — rushed Friday toward the spot where four Somali bandits are holding a U.S. sea captain aboard a drifting lifeboat.
  • US Warship Reaches Somali Coast

    04/08/2009 9:49:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies · 1,598+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 08, 2009
    US warship reaches Somali coast Pirates are believed to be holding Capt Richard Phillips hostage An American warship, the USS Bainbridge, has reached the area off the coast of Somalia where a cargo ship was seized by pirates a day earlier. US crew members have recaptured their ship but the captain is still being held hostage by the attackers. The pirates' boat is floating near the Maersk Alabama, its owners told the Associated Press. Officials are waiting for sunrise to see what happens. The ship was taken about 500km (311 miles) off Somalia's coast. Other US vessels are speeding towards...
  • U.S. Navy Arrives on Scene of Hijacked American Ship

    04/08/2009 6:28:05 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 283 replies · 11,468+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/2009
    The U.S. is closing in on pirates that hijacked a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Somalia. According to a spokesman for the owner of the Maersk Alabama, which had been hijacked by pirates before American crew members were able to regain control of the vessel Wednesday, a U.S. Navy warship arrived at the scene Wednesday night. The ship's captain still is being held hostage on a smaller boat. Family members said Capt. Richard Phillips surrendered himself to the pirates to secure the safety of the crew. "What I understand is that he offered himself as the hostage," said Gina...
  • U.S. Deploys Missile Destroyers to N. Korea

    03/30/2009 12:18:15 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 961+ views
    foxnews.com/ ^ | Monday, March 30, 2009
    The U.S. deployed two missile-interceptor ships from South Korea on Monday, days ahead of a North Korean rocket launch seen by many as a test of its longest-range missile.
  • U.S. destroyers on move as N. Korea prepares rocket launch

    03/26/2009 9:02:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 81 replies · 7,554+ views
    cnn ^ | 52 minutes ago
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Navy ships capable of shooting down ballistic missiles are being moved to the Sea of Japan, a Navy spokesman said. The USS Chaffee is one of two destroyers headed to South Korea for an upcoming ceremony. The USS Chaffee is one of two destroyers headed to South Korea for an upcoming ceremony. The move came as North Korea was preparing for an expected rocket launch next month. Later Thursday, Japan announced it was ready to fire on the rocket if any part of it enters Japanese airspace.
  • US to head anti-pirate patrols off Somalia

    01/08/2009 4:05:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 462+ views
    A U.S. Navy commander will lead a new international force to battle pirates off the coast of Somalia. More than 20 nations are expected to take part in the mission once it is fully underway later this month. The announcement Thursday by U.S. Navy officials in Bahrain did not list the countries participating, but said the new force will be headed by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Terence McKnight. Merchant fleets have been calling for a stronger military response to pirates after a sharp escalation in attacks last year. At least 111 ships were attacked and more than 40 of them...
  • 9/11/01 - USS ENTERPRISE was heading home; it turned around and headed to the Persian Gulf

    09/11/2008 7:45:42 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies · 196+ views
    nationmaster.com ^ | 9-11-08 | Staff (dfu comments on article)
    My former son in law was aboard the ENTERPRISE. It is so tough on families to be separated for so long a period. My daughter was devasted that it would be even longer this time. 11 September 2001: Enterprise was beginning her voyage home from the Persian Gulf. Watching a U.S. morning news show live (although locally in the early evening) the crew saw the U.S. report that the Al Qaeda terrorist network has launched attacks on New York's World Trade Center and Washington D.C.'s Pentagon. The Enterprise was ordered to turn around and headed back to the waters off...
  • US navy ship steams into port where Russian troops stationed

    09/05/2008 9:42:54 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 13 replies · 469+ views
    Times Online ^ | 09/05/08 | James Hider
    A US navy flagship has steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region. A previous trip by American warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand off could erupt in the Black Sea port of Poti.
  • US warship confronts Russian military in ‘tinderbox’ port

    09/05/2008 11:24:49 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 362+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 6, 2008 | James Hider and Tony Halpin
    A US Navy flagship carrying humanitarian aid yesterday steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region. A previous trip by US warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand-off could intensify in the Black Sea port of Poti. The arrival of the USS Mount Whitney, flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, came as Moscow accused Dick Cheney, the hawkish US Vice-President, of stoking tensions during a visit to Tbilisi this week. After meeting President Saakashvili, Mr Cheney vowed...
  • American flagship docks at Georgia port occupied by Russia

    09/05/2008 11:18:20 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 220+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 5, 2008 | Damien McElroy
    A US warship anchored at the disputed Georgian port of Poti as Russia declared it would not challenge Nato vessels bringing relief to the beleaguered democracy through the Black Sea. The USS Whitney, flagship of America's Mediterranean Sixth Fleet, arrived in the port which was bombed and occupied by Russian forces during the incursion into Georgia last month. A small Russian detachment remains dug in on the outskirts of the town. America had previously aborted an attempt to dock the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul at the port, fearing an accidental clash with the Russians. Russia said it would not authorise...
  • USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63 departs San Diego for final voyage (photos)

    08/30/2008 11:19:33 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 34 replies · 1,253+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 28 August 2008
    080828-N-2420K-001 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 28, 2008) The conventional-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departs San Diego Harbor as she makes the voyage to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash. At 47 years old, Kitty Hawk is the Navy's second oldest active-duty warship and was replaced this summer by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. Kitty Hawk is expected to arrive at Bremerton's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Sept. 2 for decommissioning in early 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Kulp /Released) 080828-N-2757S-005...
  • Russia: Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation (USN ships upsets Putin)

    08/27/2008 6:42:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 313+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/28/08 | Michael Evans
    Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation Russia has criticised the US for using naval ships to deliver aid to Georgia Michael Evans, Defence Editor A new Cold War between Russia and the West grew steadily closer yesterday after the Kremlin gave a warning about “direct confrontation” between American and Russian warships in the Black Sea. Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister, declared that Russia was taking “measures of precaution” against American and Nato naval ships. “Let’s hope we do not see any direct confrontation in that,” he said. Any attempt by...
  • US warships scrap visit to Georgian port-source

    08/26/2008 1:54:10 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 26 replies · 347+ views
    TBILISI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. warships have scrapped a plan to deliver relief supplies to Georgia's flashpoint port of Poti on Wednesday, a source close to the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said. "The ships will not dock in Poti tomorrow," the source told Reuters, referring to a planned mission by the USS McFaul and another vessel. Their presence would have been sure to enrage Russia, which has troops patrolling the port following a brief war with Georgia. "There was a possibility that the McFaul might go to Poti but no-one has given us a final decision. We're not sure...
  • US warship docks in Georgia port

    08/24/2008 12:30:15 AM PDT · by Ramzi Al Kaboom · 118 replies · 913+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday August 24 2008
    Us warship arrives in Georgia