Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

Keen Sword Exercise Shows Need for Interpreters in Military Medicine

U.S. Navy medical personnel with Expeditionary Medical Facility Alpha, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command, perform a simulated exploratory laparotomy during a demonstration of theater hospital capabilities during exercise Keen Sword 23 on Camp Foster, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

A translator is necessary when it comes to medical interoperability between the United States and its allies, the commanding officer of a Navy medical unit told USNI News. Read More

Iranian Patrol Boat Harasses Pair of U.S. Warships, Says CENTCOM

Iranian Patrol Boat Harasses Pair of U.S. Warships, Says CENTCOM

The expeditionary mobile base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) transits the Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 22, 2018. Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. US Navy photo

A pair of U.S. warships were harassed by an Iranian patrol boat during a late evening transit in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 5, 2022

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 5, 2022

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 5, 2022, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Heightened Western Pacific Tensions Will Push Japan to Spend More on Defense, Says Panel

Heightened Western Pacific Tensions Will Push Japan to Spend More on Defense, Says Panel

Soldiers from the 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct individual and small-unit maneuver exercises during Iron Fist at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, February 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Japan needs to commit to increasing its defense spending for the long-term due to its proximity to an aggressive Russia, an ambitious China and an unpredictable North Korea armed with nuclear missiles, a senior observer of Tokyo’s security policy said this week. Read More

U.S. Needs to Push Allies to Prepare for a Potential Conflict with China, Panel Says

U.S. Needs to Push Allies to Prepare for a Potential Conflict with China, Panel Says

Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Sailors wave ROK and U.S. flags during a port visit of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in Busan, Republic of Korea, Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Over the next few years, the United States will likely press allies like South Korea harder to be ready for a conflict with China that may arise over Taiwan’s future, a leading scholar on global affairs at Johns Hopkins University said Tuesday. Read More

Japanese, Korean Fighters Scrambled in Response to Joint Russia-China Bomber Patrol

Japanese, Korean Fighters Scrambled in Response to Joint Russia-China Bomber Patrol

A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear off Japan in May. Japanese MoD Photo

Four Russian Tu-95MS bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers conducted a joint patrol over the Sea of Japan Wednesday, prompting fighter scrambles by Korea and Japan in response.

The joint patrol was the most recent one since May this year, which occurred the same day U.S. President Joe Biden met his Australian, Indian and Japanese counterparts in Tokyo, though both the Russian and Chinese defense ministries stated the flights in May were part of their annual military cooperation plan and not intended to be provocative. Read More