Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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ASEAN, China joint maritime drill “important”: Philippine FM

August 7, 2018 (Xinhua) – The plan of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct a joint maritime exercise in the South China Sea “is very important” to the region, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday. “The exercise is important,” Cayetano told Xinhua at a press conference. “It’s very important that there are joint military exercises if only to prevent accidents and for military-to-military relations to grow so that we can talk to each other better,” Cayetano said. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign…

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Admiral Pantileyev holds drills with Cambodian Navy

On 12 November, the Pacific Fleet’s ship detachment made up of the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev and large sea tanker Boris Butoma completed an unofficial visit to the Cambodian port of Kampongaon. During the visit, the command of the Russian ship detachment visited the Governor of the Preah Sihanoukville Province, the Mayor of the city of Sihanoukville, and the Commander of the naval base of Ream. The servicemen of anti-terror units of the two countries shared their experience in countering terrorism and practiced skills in a joint anti-piracy drills. The sailors…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Egypt was not destination of North Korean arms: Spokesman

The Foreign Ministry on Monday 2/10/2017 denied that a shipment of weapons from North Korea was destined for Egypt, as reported in The Washington Post. “Egyptian authorities indeed intercepted a ship flying the Cambodian flag before it entered the southern entrance of the Suez Canal, following information that it was carrying anti-tank rockets from North Korea in violation of (UN Security Council) sanctions,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement sent to AFP. “Egyptian authorities indeed confiscated the shipment and destroyed it in the presence of a…

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