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Chinese naval ops expected to expand in 2015

Key Points Extended operational and training deployments, international naval exercises, humanitarian assistance, and naval diplomacy were normal business for PLAN in 2014 In 2015, normal PLAN activities may include submarine nuclear deterrent patrols A...

Adm. Winter Takes Helm At Office of Naval Research

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who had been serving as the program executive officer for unmanned aerial vehicles at Naval Air Systems Command, has taken over as the chief of the Office of Naval Research...

USS Fort Worth Joins AirAsia Recovery Effort

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) has joined the search and recovery effort for the AirAsia flight that went down in the Java Sea Dec. 28. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said the...

The Case For LCS: Searching For The AirAsia Plane

The Littoral Combat Ship Fort Worth joined the search for the remains of Air Asia Flight QZ8501. This grim mission marked more than a real-world test of a new and controversial class of ship....

HMAS Newcastle Celebrates 21st Birthday

On 11 December the ship’s company of Australian Navy’s HMAS Newcastle celebrated a major milestone – the ship’’s 21st birthday. Newcastle is the youngest of the Adelaide class… [[ This is a content summary...

2014 Battle “E” Winners Announced

Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT), has announced the winners of the 2014 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) competition. Congratulations and Bravo… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my...

ESPS Rayo, US 82nd Air Squadron Meet in Djibouti

During their recent port visit to Djibouti, the Operations Officer and three pilots from the EU Naval Force Spanish warship, ESPS Rayo, met with personnel from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron… [[ This is...

ITS Andrea Doria Escorts WFP Ship MV Liberty

A key role for the EU Naval Force is to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the Somali people from possible pirate attack. On Monday 22 December the EU Naval...

Australian Navy Divers Take Part in Op RENDER SAFE

Australian Navy divers have lent their expertise to Operation RENDER SAFE this year forming an integral part of the tri-service Amphibious Task Group that were responding to the dangerous legacy of… [[ This is...

Underwater Search Resumes for AirAsia Flight

The underwater search efforts for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 resume today after encountering difficulties over the weekend due to rough weather conditions. As reported by The Guardian, five… [[ This is a content...

Australian Navy, Timor-Leste Bolster Ties

Australian Navy’s Coastal Minehunter, HMAS Huon, has strengthened the friendship between the Royal Australian Navy and the Timor-Leste Defence Force in a recent port visit to the nation’s… [[ This is a content summary...

HMAS Anzac Welcomes New Crew Members

After a hectic year, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac is undergoing significant change as new crew members are welcomed, and many longstanding members are farewelled as they… [[ This...

Indonesian Army inducts indigenously built assault craft

The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Darat, or TNI-AD) has inducted a locally produced fast assault craft into a sub-unit of its North Maluku regional command, Indonesian news agency Antara reported on 2...

Image of the Day: GW Enjoys Fireworks in Yokosuka

Fireworks erupt above the Yokosuka skyline during a New Year’s Eve celebration as seen from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George… [[ This is a content...

Overview of HMAS Sydney’s 2014 Ops

The year commenced as the one in which HMAS Sydney was set to decommission, but rather than slowly decline with age, Sydney completed one of the busiest years in its 32 year history. HMAS...

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