Category Archives: Foreign Forces

RIMPAC Tightens International Coalition in Pacific

RIMPAC Tightens International Coalition in Pacific

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII – As the head of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 amphibious task force progresses through the exercise, the New Zealander works from an office aboard an American ship filled with Australians, Indonesians and other personnel from the across the Pacific.

And for Commodore James Gilmour, that’s just how Pacific operations should be. Read More

Fallout From Turkey Coup Attempt May Complicate U.S. Operations Against ISIS

Fallout From Turkey Coup Attempt May Complicate U.S. Operations Against ISIS

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has used visits to Incirlik Air Base, such as his December 2015 visit above, to discuss accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. US Army photo.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has used visits to Incirlik Air Base, such as his December 2015 visit above, to discuss accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. US Army photo.

The fallout of an attempted military coup in Turkey will be long felt across Turkish society, but it also raises the immediate question about the United States’ future use of Incirlik Air Base to carry out extensive air operations against the Islamic State, a Middle East expert said today in Washington D.C. Read More

CNO: Relationship With China Should Focus On Cooperation, Not Actions And Reactions

CNO: Relationship With China Should Focus On Cooperation, Not Actions And Reactions

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visits the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Submarine Academy, North Sea Fleet Headquarters and a PLAN frigate and submarine in Qingdao, China on July 20, 2016. US Navy photo.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visits the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Submarine Academy, North Sea Fleet Headquarters and a PLAN frigate and submarine in Qingdao, China on July 20, 2016. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson met with his Chinese counterpart last week in the hopes of moving their naval relationship from a set of actions and reactions to a more beneficial series of meetings, port calls and exercises that increase understanding and interoperability. Read More

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese sailors aboard the People's Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi'an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi’an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

The Chinese naval delegation to the Rim of the Pacific exercises barred at least some Japanese sailors from touring their ships and only reluctantly invited members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force to a reception aboard a People’s Liberation Army Navy warship, USNI News has learned. Read More

Report: Russian Sub Activity on the Rise in North Atlantic

Report: Russian Sub Activity on the Rise in North Atlantic

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

While Russian submarine activity in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the North Atlantic are at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War, its navy has only started to be resourced and its undersea fleet, while “a pocket of competence,” remains small. Read More

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

After more than 30 years without a port call, the U.S. is set to send a guided missile destroyer to New Zealand in a one-off visit later this year, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More