JMSDF Acknowledges Allies’ Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

November 6, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Defense and the SDF are monitoring waters suspected of violating UN Security Council resolutions in order to prevent “settlements”, and since January this year, since 10 cases that are strongly suspected of implementing ” I have made public. About one month from the end of April this year and about one month from mid September against the United States against illegal marine activities including North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by a UN Security Council resolution Half, based on the US Army…

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UK Type 26 selected for Canadian Surface Combatant

October 26, 2018 – Canada’s Combat Ship Team has been identified as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant design. Our team is proud of our proposed solution, and we look forward to working with the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding through the negotiation phase and toward a contract award. We are confident that our solution offers the right ship for Canada, combining Canada’s trusted Combat Management System with the world’s most advanced warship design and bringing together a pan-Canadian team with a proven track record and current…

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US Marines land in Iceland in initial phase of exercise Trident Juncture

October 17, 2018 – Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police. The US Navy has also deployed two cutting-edge P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Keflavík from…

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US, JSDF & RCN Kick off Exercise Keen Sword

October 13, 2018 – Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 29, 2018. The biennial exercise is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF. Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships (HMCS Calgary and MV Asterix) will participate in the maritime portion of the exercise for the first time. This year’s iteration will feature the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid…

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Ships Announced for 2018 New York Fleet Week

The Ships and Locations for New York Fleet Week 2018 [smartslider3 slider=70] Manhattan, Pier 90: • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Norfolk, Virginia. Arlington will embark several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland (Vessels depart Saturday, May26) • Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127), from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: (In the…

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HSC-28 Supports Obangame Express 2018

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting flight operations from the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of exercise Obangame Express 2018, the largest regional maritime exercise in West Africa. The eight-day exercise, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, focuses on countering the trafficking of illegal arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal migration, piracy, and illegal fishing. Additionally, maritime interdiction operations and search and rescue training are incorporated as part of the exercise. HSC-28, known as the “Dragon Whales,” actively deploy with the Second,…

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Coast Guard offloads $721 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $721 million from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, in San Diego, Thursday, which was seized in 23 separate interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean by U.S. and Canadian forces operating in international waters off the coast of Central and South America. Senior U.S. and Canadian officials discussed new tactics used by transnational organized crime groups and to highlight international cooperation in combating the threat posed by these dangerous groups. U.S. Coast Guard personnel currently assigned to Cutter Stratton…

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Cocaine and Rescues Ocean Wildlife

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to homeport in Key West Sunday following a 68-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. The cutter Thetis crew worked alongside the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, an aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and a Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defense vessel in support of Operation Martillo seizing 6,755 kilograms of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana during eight separate interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of 24 suspected smugglers. While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon…

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DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 Concludes

Sailors from the U.S. Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy and German Navy completed a week-long Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM) training evolution as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), Oct. 23. The combined ExMCM force had members from the Royal Netherlands Navy Defense Dive Group Very Shallow Water (VSW) Dive Platoon, German Navy Mine Clearance Diving Company and U.S. Navy ExMCM Company 202, a combined unit comprised of Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 MCM platoon, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 unmanned systems platoon and the…

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San Francisco Fleet Week Kicks Off

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived at pier 30/32 in San Francisco today, kicking off the 37th annual San Francisco Fleet Week, which runs Oct. 1 through 10. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) will also be in San Francisco for this year’s celebration. More than 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members will participate in San…

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Royal Canadian Navy orders over 40 Hammerhead targets

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has placed a C$4.7m order with QinetiQ Target Systems for over 40 Hammerhead Unmanned Surface Vehicle Targets and various payloads. The order was placed under an existing five-year, C$35m framework contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence, awarded in May 2016, for provision of surface and aerial target systems. The deal brings total worldwide Hammerhead orders to over 425 – the highest of any surface target in production. The Hammerhead, fitted with a wide variety of threat emulating payloads, enables ship operators to train…

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U.S. and Canadian ships to participate in Los Angeles Fleet Week

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8), U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active (WMEC 618), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341), will be in Los Angeles for the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week, Aug. 29-Sept. 4. In addition, forces from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 1, Navy Region Southwest, and U.S. Coast Guard District 11…

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Fleet Week Will Be Rocking, Rolling and Laughing with Bob Hope USO’s Six Nights of Free Entertainment

Navy warships from the United States and Canada, and their crews, will sail into the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 29, to kick off Los Angeles Fleet Week! From August 30 to September 4th, Bob Hope USO and Delta Air Lines have teamed up with the Fleet Week Foundation to rock the port aboard the historic Battleship IOWA with Concerts Under the Guns, a series of free music and comedy concerts on the Delta Air Lines Stage produced by Fred Zermeno Productions. The concert area, on the ship’s…

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