Saudis Join International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation

Saudi Arabia has decided to join the International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation and ensure the safety of sea lanes, an official source at the Ministry of Defense said. This international alliance aims to protect merchant ships by providing safe navigation to ensure free shipping and international trade and to protect the interests of participating countries, thereby enhancing the security and safety of merchant ships passing through the corridors. The IOSCO’s area of ​​operation covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Sea of ​​Oman and…

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USS Jason Dunham Seizes Illicit Arms in Gulf of Aden

August 30, 2018 – USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet, seized an illicit shipment of arms from a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, on Aug. 28. The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding, conducted in accordance with international law. Illicit cargo discovered by the Dunham’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team included over 1,000 weapons. “Our ship routinely conducts maritime security operations with our highly-trained VBSS team incorporating both on and off ship intelligence…

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