Communist China Threatens Japan Over Senkaku Islands

May 27 — Some recent actions taken by Japan, in total disregard of the basic norms governing international relations, has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, deliberately hyped up the so-called “China’s military threat”, and groundlessly accused China’s legitimate maritime activities. China firmly opposes that and has lodged stern representation with the Japanese side, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson…

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Submarine Search and Rescue Exercise (SMASHEX)

May 24, 2021 – Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) conducted a search and rescue training exercise (SMASHEX) at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, May 18-19. The exercise, conducted annually, focused on two different scenarios, each testing the team’s response to the simulated sinking of a submarine. “The staff engagement across SUBLANT was great,” said Capt. Charles Fink,…

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First Pair of New USCG Cutters Arrive in Bahrain

U.S. Coast Guard Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) arrived at their new homeport onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 25. The FRCs are two of six planned to be attached to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, forward-deployed to Bahrain with Commander, Task Force 55. They will replace the existing Coast Guard Island-class…

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Colombia Leads Multinational Cocaine Intercept Operation in the Pacific

May 28, 2021 (Microsoft Translation) – During the development of two maritime operations under the international cooperation agreements in the fight against drug trafficking, the Colombian Navy, with intelligence information provided in a timely manner to the authorities of Ecuador and Costa Rica, managed to seize more than two tons of cocaine transported aboard a semi-summary and a speedboat ,…

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USCGC Active Returns to Port Angeles from Narcotic Patrol

May 28, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC 618) returned to their homeport Thursday in Port Angeles after a 58-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 55-year-old cutter and crew patrolled international waters off the coasts of Central America and Mexico in support of the Coast Guard and partner agencies’ maritime illicit drug interdiction missions. The Active…

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Tomahawk Strike Team Conducts Training Exercise on USS Rafael Peralta

May 27, 2021 – The U.S. Navy conducted a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) strike scenario in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a fleet-level training exercise, May 20 and 25. The TLAM is an all-weather, long range, subsonic cruise missile used for deep land attack warfare, and launches from U.S. surface ships and submarines. The…

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Essex ARG, 11th MEU conduct integrated training

May 27, 2021 – Sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed integrated training off the coast of Southern California and returned to San Diego, May 27. The Essex ARG and 11th MEU took part in a multi-week training evolution with nearly 5,000 Marines and Sailors, providing an opportunity to…

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U.S. Navy, Coast Guard conduct joint service training off Guam

May 27, 2021 – During a series of tactical training exercises, Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron (MPSRON) 3, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam refined some of their operational skills during joint service training near Guam, April 14-18. Integration amongst diverse U.S. Navy and joint capabilities strengthens readiness and deterrence against…

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