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Swedish Navy Hunts for Mystery Underwater Object, Russia Denies Involvement

Swedish Navy Hunts for Mystery Underwater Object, Russia Denies Involvement

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Swedish Ministry Defense Handout Photo given to reporters on Saturday of the, “foreign underwater activity.”

Swedish Ministry Defense Handout Photo given to reporters on Saturday of the, “foreign underwater activity.”

Elements of the Swedish Navy spent the weekend searching for evidence of “foreign underwater activity,” following a Friday announcement from the Swedish Ministry of Defense, ahead of two days of naval maneuvers around the Stockholm archipelago.

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Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

Two U.S. Ships in Black Sea, French Surveillance Ship Due Friday

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USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in 2011. US Military Sea Lift Command Photo

The U.S. command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) entered the Black Sea on Saturday — a day after guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) — bringing the total of American naval ships in the region to two, according on a release from U.S. 6th Fleet. Read More

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

USS Cole to Enter Black Sea On Friday

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USS Cole (DDG 67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Cole (DDG-67) makes preparations for getting underway after a scheduled port visit to Haifa, Israel on Sept. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. is sending the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67)into the Black Sea on Friday as part of an ongoing presence mission in the region since Russia seized the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Read More

Opinion: NATO's Maritime Future

Opinion: NATO’s Maritime Future

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USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

The transatlantic alliance successfully navigated some rough seas in 2014. A year that began without any allied consensus on NATO’s proper direction in the world looks set to conclude with unanimity in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foray into Ukraine. Last month’s NATO summit in Wales especially seemed to prove that Europe still can give a good account of itself when necessary. Yet the hard work of follow-through on all the political commitments made there remains to be done, and the fundamental question raised by Russia’s belligerence—whether NATO will endure as a viable military entity—warrants close scrutiny in 2015. In no case more so than NATO’s maritime domain, where the Ukraine crisis prompted only slight adjustments at the same time it highlighted the need for a major course change. Read More