Category Archives: Foreign Forces

U.S. and U.K. Move Ships Closer to Syria

U.S. and U.K. Move Ships Closer to Syria

USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

The Navy is extending a deployment of an Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer in the Eastern Mediterranean amidst a United Nation’s inspection into allegations that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in the conflict, according to several press reports. Read More

Document: Syria's Chemical Weapons

Document: Syria’s Chemical Weapons

From the Aug. 20, 2013 Congressional Research Service report, Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress. This is an update of a July 1, 2013 report.

The use or loss of control of chemical weapons stocks in Syria could have unpredictable consequences for the Syrian population and neighboring countries as well as U.S. allies and forces in the region. Congress may wish to assess the Administration’s plans to respond to possible scenarios involving the use, change of hands, or loss of control of Syrian chemical weapons. Read More

Report: Shots Fired in Libya Oil Blockade

Report: Shots Fired in Libya Oil Blockade

A still from an a video released Thursday of an enforcement of a blockade of LIbyan oil terminals on Aug. 19.

A still from an a video released Thursday of an enforcement of a blockade of LIbyan oil terminals on Aug. 19.

Libyan naval and coast guard forces have begun patrolling three eastern oil terminals to prevent illegal sales of Libyan oil the, country’s Ministry of Defense announced this week.

The move comes amidst an ongoing labor dispute with striking oil workers and government allegations that gangs of armed security guards are attempting to sell oil illegally, according to several press reports. Read More

Report: Egyptian Military Aid Quietly Suspended

Report: Egyptian Military Aid Quietly Suspended

An Egyptian M1A1 Abrams tank in 2011. A suspension in military aid to Egypt could halt expansion of the inventory from 1,000 to 1,500.

An Egyptian M1A1 Abrams tank in 2011. A suspension in military aid to Egypt could halt expansion of the inventory from 1,000 to 1,500.

Almost half a billion dollars in 2013 military aid to Egypt has been quietly suspended pending the outcome of the current unrest in the country, staff with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee responsible for foreign aid, told The Daily Beast news service on Monday. Read More

China Will Not ‘Barter Away’ Core Maritime Interests

China Will Not ‘Barter Away’ Core Maritime Interests

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan hold a joint press conference at the Pentagon, Aug. 19, 2013. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan hold a joint press conference at the Pentagon, Aug. 19, 2013. DoD Photo

China’s military head maintained the right of the country to defend its maritime claims during a Monday press conference at the Pentagon.

Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan told reporters through a translator China would not “barter away our core interests. And no one should underestimate our will and determination in defending our territory, sovereignty and maritime rights.” Read More

Aussie Minehunter Finds Lost U.S. Bombs

Aussie Minehunter Finds Lost U.S. Bombs

The Huon class minehunter HMAS Gascoyne, anchored in Sydney Harbour following a ceremonial fleet entry

The Huon class minehunter HMAS Gascoyne, anchored in Sydney Harbour following a ceremonial fleet entry

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has found four pieces of ordnance dropped by two U.S. AV-8B Harrier, according to a Friday statement from the Australian Defense Ministry. Read More

Japanese ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ Stirs Regional Tensions

Japanese ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ Stirs Regional Tensions

izumo

On Aug. 9, the Japanese Ministry of Defense held a naming ceremony for the Izumo, the latest ship to join the Maritime Self-Defense Forces. Officially a “helicopter carrier-type escort/destroyer,” Izumo was built at the Japan Marine United shipyards at Yokohama. Although publicly touted as an anti-submarine warfare platform, the ship is capable of filling a critical role in the defense of disputed Japanese territory. The launch has been reported with alarm in East Asia as resurgent territorial claims—exacerbated by nationalism and longstanding historical differences—have generated regional tension not seen for decades. Read More