Statement Regarding Venezuelan Fighter Jet’s Unsafe Approach Over International Waters

July 21, 2019 – On July 19, a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft, flying a mission in approved international airspace, was approached in an unprofessional manner by a SU-30 Flanker Venezuelan fighter aircraft. After reviewing video documentation, we have determined the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission. The U.S. routinely conducts regionally-supported, multi-nationally recognized and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure…

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USNS Comfort Mission Stops Announced

May 24, 2019 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela. Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits. “This deployment responds directly to the man-made crisis Maduro’s…

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National Navy rescues 5 Venezuelans in Caribbean waters

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the last hours, Units of the National Navy rescued five Venezuelans, who were left adrift and came to the waters of La Guajira, after the motorboat, named “Assul”, in which they were transported, ran out of fuel, after having sailed from Puerto de Falcon, bound for Puerto de Punto Fijo, both in Venezuela. The Coastguard Station of Cartagena, received a call from the captain of the boat, reporting that he and four other Venezuelans were drifting for seven days, due to lack of…

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Commander of Long-Range Air Force on the Tu-160 Flights in the Caribbean Sea

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – Commander of Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash reported by video conference to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Colonel General Sergei Surovikin on the implementation of the flights of two Tu-160 strategic bombers in the air space over the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea using the Maiquetía airfield of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He noted that two Tu-160 aircraft of the Long-Range Aviation command had conducted a transatlantic non-stop flight from the Olenya airfield to the airfield of Maiquetía of…

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USNS Comfort to Support Humanitarian Mission in Latin America

August 22, 2018 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region. During the deployment, military medical personnel will work alongside our partners to provide needed medical assistance, according to the needs defined by each stop. The USNS Comfort support in Colombia was requested by the Colombian government to relieve the pressure of increased population flows from Venezuela on their national health system. “This mission is a symbol of what…

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PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark sets sail for “Harmonious Mission 2018”

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) set sail from its homeport in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning to embark on the voyage of “Harmonious Mission 2018”. It is the Peace Ark’s 7th “Harmonious Mission”, which will bring the ship to more than ten countries, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Columbia, Venezuela, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic and Ecuador, to provide humanitarian medical services. Upon invitation of the Chilean Navy, the Chinese naval hospital ship will also have a stop…

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