Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Analysis: Iran's Latest Round of Maritime Brinksmanship

Analysis: Iran’s Latest Round of Maritime Brinksmanship

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.

Iran’s recent seizure and release of the Marshall Islands flagged M/V Maersk Tigris could be what Iran claims it is, a reaction to a decade-long dispute over shipping containers that were diverted to the UAE and never delivered to Iran. More likely however, it is a thinly veiled attempt at brinkmanship to remind the United States of the kind of trouble that Iran can stir up in the Strait of Hormuz. Read More

Middle East Allies Call for More Formal Alliances with U.S.

Middle East Allies Call for More Formal Alliances with U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullain late 2013. Reuters Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullain late 2013. Reuters Photo

Looking ahead to Monday’s United States-Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting at Camp David, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. said the talks would focus on more than the ongoing multi-lateral nuclear talks with Iran, United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al Otaibi, said on Thursday. Read More

Iran Releases Maersk Tigris

Iran Releases Maersk Tigris

An undated image of M/V Maersk Tigris

An undated image of M/V Maersk Tigris

The Iranian government released merchant ship M/V Maersk Tigris after being detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28, both the Iranian government and the Maersk shipping company annouced on Thursday. Read More

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries' ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries’ ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

This article has been updated to include information on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dealing with wargaming in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as a clarification of the Navy and Marine Corps roles in organizing this summer’s events.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The U.S. Pacific Fleet will host an amphibious operations exercise this month in conjunction with a U.S. Marine Forces Pacific-sponsored conference and tabletop exercise for more than 30 Pacific countries. Read More