Category Archives: Foreign Forces

The Day Frigate Samuel B. Roberts Was Mined

The Day Frigate Samuel B. Roberts Was Mined

 

A view of damage to the hull of the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) sustained when the ship struck a mine while on patrol in the Persian Gulf on April 14, 1988. US Navy Photo

A view of damage to the hull of the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) sustained when the ship struck a mine while on patrol in the Persian Gulf on April 14, 1988. US Navy Photo

The following is an account of the mine strike on the Oliver Hazard Perry frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) which originally ran in Proceedings in the April 2013 issue.

In February 1988, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) reported for duty in waters made deadlier by war. The conflict between Iran and Iraq had spread from land to sea, and the United States had pledged to defend Kuwaiti tankers plying the Persian Gulf. Read More

The Naval History and HNSA Guide to U.S. Museum Ships

The Naval History and HNSA Guide to U.S. Museum Ships

Navies are tough on their ships.

From commissioning to when they leave the service, naval vessels are driven hard, fulfilling myriad missions and carrying their sailors and marines the world over.

More often than not at the end of their service these ships are sold to allies, scrapped or sometimes sunk to create coral reefs or for target practice.

However, there are some that are preserved as places for the public to get a sense for what life was like for warships and their crews on the high seas. Read More

Winnefeld: U.S., Partners' Missile Defense Capabilities Improving as Threats Increase

Winnefeld: U.S., Partners’ Missile Defense Capabilities Improving as Threats Increase

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's Aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s Aegis weapons system on June 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described the nation’s efforts in domestic and regional missile defense as “being on an upward trajectory,” smiling in acknowledging his own quip, in a speech Tuesday. Read More

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

The National Defense Authorization Act passed on Friday by the House of Representatives includes measures to improve the capability of U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense sites and to make it easier to sell the land-based system to allies. Read More

Marines Release Identities of Six Dead in Nepal Helicopter Crash

Marines Release Identities of Six Dead in Nepal Helicopter Crash

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Military officials on Sunday released the names of the six Marines who died when a UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed in Nepal during a humanitarian mission on Tuesday. Read More

PACOM: Eight Sets of Remains Found at Marine Huey Crash Site in Nepal

PACOM: Eight Sets of Remains Found at Marine Huey Crash Site in Nepal

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

Two UH-1Y helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, 2015. US Marine Corp Image

U.S. and Nepalese teams found eight sets of remains as they resumed recovery efforts Saturday of the UH-1Y Huey helicopter that crashed in Nepal on Tuesday, presumably killing the six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers aboard. Read More

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Panel: Russia Long Term Economic, Political Outlook is Bleak

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Russia is in a period of slow deterioration — economically and politically — with a regime that has neither a mechanism for the transfer of power nor an agenda to achieve long-term sustainable growth, a panel of Moscow watchers agreed during a forum Thursday on the country’s future. Read More

III MEF Commander: 6 Marines, 2 Nepalese Soldiers Likely Dead in Nepal Huey Crash

III MEF Commander: 6 Marines, 2 Nepalese Soldiers Likely Dead in Nepal Huey Crash

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport after a search and rescue operation in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 13, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport after a search and rescue operation in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 13, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers are likely dead following the crash of an UH-1Y Huey missing since Tuesday in Western Nepal, U.S. officials told reporters during a Friday press conference in Nepal. Read More