Category Archives: Foreign Forces

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia 'Showing Interest' As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander: Russia ‘Showing Interest’ As BALTOPS Exercise Begins

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) maneuvers into port in Gdynia, Poland, outboard of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) while the Turkish navy ship TCG Göksu (F 497) passes on the starboard side on June 4, 2015. US Navy photo.

As 17 countries and NATO pulled out of the Gdynia, Poland, port together Monday to begin the 43rd annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, Russia sent its aircraft and warships to monitor the multi-phase exercise. Read More

U.S. Led BALTOPS 2015 Begins With Heftier Presence Than Last Year's Exercise

U.S. Led BALTOPS 2015 Begins With Heftier Presence Than Last Year’s Exercise

Ships from various nations in the Baltic Region and the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney begin the underway phase of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014. US Navy photo.

Ships from various nations in the Baltic Region and the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney begin the underway phase of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014. US Navy photo.

The 43rd annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise begins today, with four additional countries participating and significantly more troops involved compared to last year’s event. Read More

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Denies Russian Fighters Chased Off Destroyer USS Ross in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Ross (DDG-71) transits the Mediterranean Sea on May 4, 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a June 1, 2015 U.S. 6th Fleet video of a Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer flyby near USS Ross.

The Pentagon is pushing back against anonymously sourced reports in state controlled Russian media that guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) was chased from Russian controlled waters in the Black Sea by Russian fighters over the weekend, U.S. officials told USNI News. Read More

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

The late April shuffling of the line of succession to the Saudi Arabian throne, plus a major shift in ministers of defense and foreign affairs, raised a number of questions about stability in the kingdom, continuing sectarian warfare in the Middle East, a new arms race in the region and future energy prices. Read More