Indian Mine Sweeper Suffers Fire

Indian Mine Sweeper Suffers Fire

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Pondicherry-class minesweeper INS Kozhikode (M71). A ship in the same class, INS Konkan, suffered a fire on Wednesday. Indian Navy photo

Pondicherry-class minesweeper INS Kozhikode (M71). A ship in the same class, INS Konkan, suffered a fire on Wednesday. Indian Navy photo

The Indian mine sweeper caught fire while undergoing an overhaul in a shipyard in the city of Visakhapatnam, according to several press reports. Read More

Coast Guard Sends Icebreaker to Antarctica

Coast Guard Sends Icebreaker to Antarctica

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USCSC Polar Star (WABG-10) in the Antarctic in 2006. US Coast Guard Photo

USCSC Polar Star (WABG-10) in the Antarctic in 2006. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard is sending its refurbished icebreaker to Antarctica as part of a long-standing mission to support research in the region, the service announced on Wednesday. Read More

Document: Major U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Since 1990

Document: Major U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Since 1990

An undated photo of ROC guided missile destroyer Makung (1805), a former US Navy Kidd-class destroyer.

An undated photo of ROC guided missile destroyer Makung (1805), a former US Navy Kidd-class destroyer.

The following is from the Congressional Research Service report, Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990.

This CRS Report discusses U.S. security assistance for Taiwan, formally called the Republic of China (ROC), particularly policy issues for Congress. It also lists sales of major defense articles and services to Taiwan, as approved by the President and notified to Congress since 1990. This report uses a variety of unclassified consultations and citations in the United States and Taiwan. Read More

First Navy P-8As Arrive in Okinawa

First Navy P-8As Arrive in Okinawa

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P-8A Poseidon No. 429 takes off from NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 29, 2013. US Navy Photo

P-8A Poseidon No. 429 takes off from NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 29, 2013. US Navy Photo

Two U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft have arrived at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan to begin the first deployment for the service’s new information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the Navy announced on Monday. Read More

Document: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses to Iran

Document: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses to Iran

From the Nov. 4, 2013 Congressional Research Service report, Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses.

A priority of Obama Administration policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests. Well before Iran’s nuclear issue rose to the forefront of U.S. concerns about Iran in 2003, the United States had seen Iran’s support for regional militant groups, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as efforts to undermine U.S. interests and allies. Read More