Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Document: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad

Document: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad

From the Nov. 8, 2013 Congressional Research Service report: Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad:

The United States maintains about 285 diplomatic facilities worldwide. Attacks on such facilities, and on U.S. diplomatic personnel, are not infrequent. The deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, along with attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen, drew renewed attention to the challenges facing U.S. diplomats abroad, as well as to the difficulty in balancing concerns for their security against the outreach required of their mission. Congress plays a key role in shaping the response to these challenges, such as by providing resources for diplomatic security and examining security breaches overseas. Read More

Report: Kidnapped American Sailors Released After Ransom Paid

Report: Kidnapped American Sailors Released After Ransom Paid

C-Escort, owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Cut Off, La., is a sistership to the C-Retriever. American crew from the C-Retriever were kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on Oct. 23, 2013.

C-Escort, owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Cut Off, La., is a sistership to the C-Retriever. American crew from the C-Retriever were kidnapped by Nigerian pirates on Oct. 23, 2013.

The two American sailors that were kidnapped on Oct. 23 off the coast of Nigeria have been returned, according several news reports. Read More

Navy to Send Two Amphibious Ships to the Philippines

Navy to Send Two Amphibious Ships to the Philippines

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in 2012. US Navy Photo

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in 2012. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is preparing two amphibious warships to join the disaster relief effort in the Philippines, Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday.

USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Ashland (LSD-48) will shortly depart from Naval Station Sasebo, Japan and will arrive sometime next week. Read More

Asia's Submarine Race

Asia’s Submarine Race

Last week’s delivery of the improved Kilo-class submarine Ha Noi to the government of Vietnam was just the latest undersea-vessel acquisition of Asian navies. Asia is in the midst of a submarine buying spree, with most of the major powers planning substantial fleet increases over the next two decades. Two countries, Malaysia and Vietnam, have recently acquired their first submarines while a third, Thailand, is pushing to purchase its first submarines in the near future.

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Navy and Marines Heading to Philippines for Disaster Relief

Navy and Marines Heading to Philippines for Disaster Relief

USS George Washington (CVN-73) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) on Oct. 14, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with dry cargo ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) on Oct. 14, 2013. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) two cruisers and a destroyer are en route to the Philippines to aid in disaster relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Unknown to many, 95 miles north of San Diego in the city of Westminster stands a memorial to the Vietnam War erected by the Vietnamese-American community. The centerpiece is a statue of two soldiers standing close to each other, South Vietnamese and American.

As we honor Veterans Day, we should remember that it was not just an American war but a non-communist Vietnamese one as well. They suffered many more casualties than we did and also lost their country. Read More

First European Aegis Ashore Begins Construction

First European Aegis Ashore Begins Construction

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

The U.S. and NATO have begun construction on the first deployed Aegis Ashore installation in Deveselu, Romania as part of a wider ballistic missile defense (BMD) strategy on Monday, according to several press reports. Read More