US, British Navies Conduct Maritime Security Drills

February 20, 2019 – U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236) conducted maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea, Feb. 18. The drills involved Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members. During a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, Montrose’s boarding team embarked and secured Guadalupe, which simulated a vessel engaged in high seas trafficking. The ships also practiced replenishment at sea using NATO procedures, which ensured that the two ships, despite never having…

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Another Arms and Ammunition Haul by INS Sunayna

December 14, 2018 – On 13 Dec 2018, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sunayna, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of the Southern Naval Command based at Kochi, while being mission deployed, carried out a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) operation on sighting a suspicious fishing vessel approximately 20 nm off the coast of Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The successful operation resulted in seizure of illegal arms such as five rifles that included AK-47 and 471 rounds of ammunition. After confiscation of the arms and ammunition to prevent their…

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Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian Naval Exercise Practices VBSS

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The sea phase of the Indra Navy 2018 bilateral Russian-Indian naval exercise with the participation the PF flagship Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, the major ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev and the large ship tanker Boris Butoma of the Pacific Fleet and 6 warships and vessels of the Indian Navy continues today in the Bay of Bengal near the Indian port of Visakhapatnam. In the first half of the day, practical training was conducted as part of the inspection operation, where the servicemen…

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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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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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PLAN Taihu Escorted MV Jinda and Trains in VBSS

The comprehensive supply ship Taihu (Hull 889) attached to the 28th Chinese naval escort taskforce successfully escorted the merchant ship “Jinda” to the designated sea area on March 6, local time. This is the first time that the Taihu ship has conducted escort missions independently. It also marks the first on-board escort mission for the special operations force of the Chinese naval escort taskforce. The merchant ship Jinda set sail from central China’s Tianjin Municipality for Egypt through the Gulf of Aden. It could not take advantage of the Chinese…

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New York’s Boarding Team a Force for Maritime Security

Visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) is a capability involving Sailors and Marines embarking vessels of interest that Navy and Marine Corps units encounter on the high seas in support of maritime interdiction operations. “We board vessels in order to enforce United Nations security resolutions and to combat terrorism, piracy, smuggling and human trafficking,” said Lt. j.g. Blake Pauley, the VBSS boarding officer aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). “The vast majority of boardings are compliant, consensual or take place in response to attempts or…

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HMS Monmouth’s never bored by board and search operations

As Royal Marines scurry down a rope from a Wildcat helicopter on to a ship’s forecastle, a speed boat packed with sailors races alongside the hull – and the men and women of HMS Monmouth hone their terrorist take-down skills. They devoted a day in the oppressive heat and humidity of the Arabian Sea practicing essential board and search techniques – techniques which have already brought the Royal Navy’s biggest drugs bust of the year. Few operations are more fast moving – and more dangerous – than board and search.…

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