Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.
The following is a recollections on the end of the Vietnam War originally published in the May, 2005 issue of Proceedings under the original title, Reflections on Vietnam.
It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget. Read More
An undated image of M/V Maersk Tigris
PENTAGON — It’s still unclear why Iranian forces seized the Marshall Island flagged cargo ship M/V Maersk Tigris, a Department of Defense spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. Read More
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 Exercise. US Navy Photo
On Monday the United States and Japan agreed to the most sweeping changes to their bilateral alliance in more than fifty years. The so-called “2+2” Security Consultative Committee (SCC), consisting of the U.S. secretary of state, and secretary of defense, and Japan’s foreign minister and defense minister agreed to a series of initiatives that will draw the two allies even closer in defense and security matters. Read More
Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo
“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More
“Justice Brigade” run through an olive grove to avoid Syrian Army snipers as they travel between villages on foot in the northwestern Jabal al-Zawiya area. Freedom House Photo via The Atlantic Council
Supporting the Nationalist Opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria is critical to countering the Islamic extremist threat undermining the stability of the region, the author of a new report from the Atlantic Council said Tuesday. Read More
An updated photo of Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels. FARS News Photo
Iranian navy vessels shot at a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz and directed it further into Iranian territorial waters, the Pentagon confirmed. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) has sent aircraft to observe and directed USS Farragut (DDG-99) to monitor the situation.
Finnish patrol boats. Reuters Photo
The Finnish Navy dropped low yield depth charges near the capital of Helsinki following sightings of an object that could be a submarine that may have violated Finland’s territorial waters, according to local press reports. Read More
The following is the April 27, 2015 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. Read More
Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo
France is set to pay Russia $1.2 billion to settle the lingering dispute over two amphibious warships in a deal that went sour over the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, according to French and Russian media reports. Read More
The following is the April 14, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses. Read More