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USS Essex Moors in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) anchored in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, for a scheduled port visit June 5. More than 3,000 Sailors and Marines embarked on Essex will represent the U.S…....

Midshipmen Expand Knowledge aboard USS George Washington

Nineteen midshipmen joined the crew of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to gain valuable instructional fleet experience not attainable in classroom environments, May 30…. [[ This is a content summary only....

USS Shiloh Farewells Subic Bay, Philippines

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departed Subic Bay, Philippines, June 2, after a four-day liberty port visit. This was Shiloh’s second visit to the Philippines in… [[ This is a content...

Royal Navy Vessels Sail for BALTOPS 2015

Three Royal Navy ships are enroute to Poland to participate in the largest maritime exercise of the year – BALTOPS 15. In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to NATO operations, Her Majesty’s Ships… [[...

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Tours MV Douro

Whilst on a routine counter-piracy patrol off the Somali coast, the Operation Atalanta Force Commander, Rear Admiral Gómez de Cordoba, who is embarked on the EU flagship, ESPS Galicia, visited the… [[ This is...

ITS Grecale Paid Visit to Omani A’Duqm Port

In May 2015 ITS Grecale became the first Italian warship to visit A’Duqm port in Oman. During their time alongside, ITS Grecale’s commanding officer, Commander Marco Frumusa, hosted the chairman of… [[ This is...

BAE Systems Awarded Additional USS Kidd Deal

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair is being awarded a $36,5 million modification to previously awarded contract for USS Kidd (DDG 100) fiscal 2015 dry-docking selected restricted availability. A… [[ This is a content...

USS Essex Undergoes Firearms Qualifications

Sailors aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) completed a massive 10-day firearms qualification course June 2. More than 150 Sailors attended the small-arms fire courses… [[ This is a content...

LÉ EITHNE Rescues 12 Migrants off Lampedusa

Yesterday, the Irish Navy’s vessel LÉ EITHNE successfully located and rescued a small craft with 12 persons on board that was in distress 30 miles north of Lampedusa, the largest of the Italian… [[...

USS Harry S. Truman Carries Out Ordnance On-Load

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted an on-load of an estimated 3.9 million pounds of ordnance, June 1-3, preparing the ship for upcoming work-up cycles and follow-on… [[ This is...

Carl Vinson CSG Ends Mission. Returns to San Diego

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to San Diego June 4, following a nearly 10-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. The Carl Vinson CSG includes the…...

Bangladesh announces USD2.3 billion defence budget

Bangladesh announced a fiscal year 2015-16 defence budget of BTD183.8 billion (USD2.3 billion) on 4 June. The figure represents a 3.5% rise over the revised military expenditure in 2014-15. The increase represents the slowest...

Iran’s defence posture ‘tested’ by regional conflicts

Iran’s defensive defence doctrine has been “tested” by the ongoing wars in Iraq and Syria, according to the recently declassified executive summary of the US intelligence community’s latest report to Congress on Iran’s military...

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