Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Chinese and Russian Navies to Conduct First Ever Mediterranean Surface Exercises in May

Chinese and Russian Navies to Conduct First Ever Mediterranean Surface Exercises in May

(120427) -- QINGDAO, April 27, 2012 (Xinhua) -- Chinese marines attend the farewell ceremony for Russian navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zkr)

(120427) — QINGDAO, April 27, 2012 (Xinhua) — Chinese marines attend the farewell ceremony for Russian navy in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zkr)

Six Russian and three Chinese naval ships will meet in the Mediterranean next month to conduct a series of surface exercises to include live fire drills, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday. Read More

From the East India Company to Disney to the Cola Wars: A Brief Collection of Non-State Navies

From the East India Company to Disney to the Cola Wars: A Brief Collection of Non-State Navies

Ships on the high seas can largely be split between two major caregories, merchant ships that connect countries through commerce and national navies formed to ensure that trade continues to flow.

However, in the margins between those two broad groups are fleets that have sought to influence international policy and politics independent of a national flag — non-state navies. Read More

A Marine's Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

A Marine’s Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

The following is a recollections on the end of the Vietnam War originally published in the May, 2005 issue of Proceedings under the original title, Reflections on Vietnam.

It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget. Read More

Inside the New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines

Inside the New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines

A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 Exercise. US Navy Photo

A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 Exercise. US Navy Photo

On Monday the United States and Japan agreed to the most sweeping changes to their bilateral alliance in more than fifty years. The so-called “2+2” Security Consultative Committee (SCC), consisting of the U.S. secretary of state, and secretary of defense, and Japan’s foreign minister and defense minister agreed to a series of initiatives that will draw the two allies even closer in defense and security matters. Read More

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

Report: Supporting Syrian Nationalist Opposition Key in Fight Against Extremists

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council

Supporting the Nationalist Opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is critical to countering the Islamic extremist threat undermining the stability of the region, the author of a new report from the Atlantic Council said Tuesday. Read More

Iran Seizes Marshall Islands Ship Maersk Tigris; U.S. Destroyer On Station

Iran Seizes Marshall Islands Ship Maersk Tigris; U.S. Destroyer On Station

An updated photo of Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels. FARS News Photo

An updated photo of Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels. FARS News Photo

Iranian navy vessels shot at a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz and directed it further into Iranian territorial waters, the Pentagon confirmed. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) has sent aircraft to observe and directed USS Farragut (DDG-99) to monitor the situation.
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