NATO Forces Participate in PHIBEX 21navy

April 23, 2021 – Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) participated in the Italy-led exercise PHIBEX off the Sardinia coast 12-23 April, 2021. This exercise represents an outstanding opportunity to train in littoral waters and amphibious operations. Maritime and air assets from Italy and SNMG2 exercised together in the Central Mediterranean Sea providing an outstanding and not so common opportunity…

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NATO Operation Sea Guardian in Eastern Mediterranean

April 23, 2021 – The third focused patrol of NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian for 2021 commenced on 21 April in the Eastern Mediterranean. It focuses mainly on gathering information about maritime activities in the international waters encompassing a wide range of threats as well as shipping pattern-of-life, alongside enhancing partnerships in the area and assuring readiness to counter terrorism threats…

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Coast Guard decommissions services final high endurance cutter

The Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro (WHEC 724) was decommissioned during a ceremony Saturday at Coast Guard Base Kodiak and presided over by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. The Douglas Munro was the Coast Guard’s last remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutter. The fleet of high endurance cutters is being replaced by 418-foot Legend-class national security cutters, which serve…

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USCGC Bear Returns Home after seizing $140 million of drugs

April 25, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) returned home to Portsmouth Sunday following an 86-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Bear’s crew interdicted three vessels, seized approximately 8,158 pounds of cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamines, as well as marijuana, worth a combined total of over $140 million, and detained 12 suspected drug smugglers. The…

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Communist China Slams European Naval Deployments to the South China Sea

April 26, 2021 – Concerning the EU’s statement on the South China Sea, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union (EU) said on April 24 that the destabilizing factors and security risks in the South China Sea mainly come from outside the region, and the South China Sea should not become a tool for certain countries to…

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