Interaction Between USS Farragut and Russian Navy Ship

January 10, 2020 – On Thursday, Jan. 9, while conducting routine operations in the North Arabian Sea, USS Farragut (DDG 99) was aggressively approached by a Russian Navy ship. Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road. The Russian…

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MARAD Issues Alert for Arabian Gulf Region

Multiple maritime threats have been reported in the vicinity of the geographic areas described above. On January 2, 2020, the U.S. military took decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad. The Iranian response to this action, if any, is unknown, but there remains the possibility of Iranian action against U.S. maritime interests in the region. The U.S. government is…

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Royal Australian Navy Seizes Illegal Drug Shipments in the Middle East

February 2, 2019 – Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea. The narcotics seizures, worth approximately $105 million* and $103.5 million* respectively, took place on 28 and 29 January 2019 as part of Operation Manitou. Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat,…

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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…

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