Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) reported on Friday that a balloon from China crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, though they later on Friday clarified it was probably a weather balloon. Meanwhile, a U.S. Navy littoral combat ship carried out drills with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea from Wednesday to Thursday. Read More
This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) shot down a drone in the Red Sea on Wednesday, just days after USS Carney (DDG-64) downed three drones launched from Yemen, a defense official confirmed to USNI News. Read More
The remains of five service members from the Nov. 29 U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crash off Japan’s Yakushima Island have been recovered according to an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) release on Wednesday. The body of one of the eight crewman aboard was recovered earlier on the day of the crash, and two crew members remain unaccounted for. Read More
The following is the Dec. 4, 2022, Congressional Research Service report, Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy in Brief. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As China expands its operations across the Pacific, the U.S. is urging countries in the region to expand their maritime awareness through new technology like unmanned systems, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs said Tuesday. Read More
A Navy salvage crew is preparing their gear in Italian port to recover a U.S. Army special operations helicopter that crashed last month in the Eastern Mediterranean, U.S. 6th fleet announced this week. Read More
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The platoons of infantry Marines stepped out of the first group of MV-22B Ospreys that landed in a brushy field last week and made their way to a nearby compound. They arrived at the request of the U.S. State Department to protect the U.S. embassy amid rising local tensions in a fictional city hit by a natural disaster. Read More
The U.S. is talking with other partner countries to possibly set up a maritime task force to protect ships in the Red Sea, the White House National Security Advisor said on Monday. Read More
Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) sailed past Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea, prompting an angry response from the Chinese military. Meanwhile, the Philippines issued a release on Sunday stating that more than 135 China Maritime Militia (CMM) were massing around a Philippine claimed reef in the Spratlys. Read More
This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. Central Command.
Destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) shot down three drones in the Red Sea on Sunday while responding to distress calls from several commercial vessels that were attacked by missiles originating in Yemen, according to U.S. Central Command. Read More