Patrol Ship Chiaya Launched for Taiwanese Coast Guard

June 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – From 9 am to 10 am today (2), President Tsai Ing-wen, together with Chairman of the Ocean Commission Li Zhongwei, Director of the Maritime Patrol Administration Chen Guoen and Chairman of Taiwan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Chairman Zheng Wenlong co-chaired the “4000 The naming and launching ceremony of the first ship of the tonnage patrol…

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US Embassy Statement Regarding the Visiting Forces Agreement

June 2, 2020 – On June 1, the Government of the Philippines notified the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines of its decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision. Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines.

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VP-45 “Pelicans” Return from Deployment

June 2, 2020 – The Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 “Pelicans” returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, May 29, after an eight-month deployment. VP-45, led by commanding officer Cmdr. Paul Nickell, deployed with the “Diamondbacks” of Mobile Tactical Operation Center Five (MTOC-5). The squadron was deployed from October 2019 through May 2020 to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation…

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Completes Carrier Qualifications

June 2, 2020 – USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed carrier qualifications, June 2. During this period, Theodore Roosevelt qualified pilots from the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87, “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, “Black Knights” of VFA-154, “Liberty Bells” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 115, “The Gray…

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