Category Archives: Foreign Forces

47-Ship RIMPAC Exercise Kicks Off Tomorrow

47-Ship RIMPAC Exercise Kicks Off Tomorrow

USS Sterett (DDG-104), front, participates in a photo exercise with Chilean Frigate Almirante Lynch (FF-07), second, Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341), third, French Navy Floreal-class frigate FS Prairial (F-731), fourth, United States Coast Guard Cutter USCHC Bertholf (WMSL-750), fifth, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), sixth, and Royal Canadian Navy commercial container ship Asterix. US Navy Photo

About 25,000 naval personnel and 52 ships and submarines from 26 countries will participate in this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, which begins on Wednesday.
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USS Oak Hill BALTOPS Participation Highlights Pentagon Push for Unexpected Deployments

USS Oak Hill BALTOPS Participation Highlights Pentagon Push for Unexpected Deployments

AAV-P7/A1 amphibious assault vehicles, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), approach the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) on June 6 during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. US Navy photo.

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s recent participation in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 exercise helped prove that the ARG/MEU team can handle the dynamic force employment model Pentagon leaders have been pushing in recent months. Read More

Thornberry: Exercises With South Korea Important, But Could Be Suspended to Allow North Korean Talks to Succeed

Thornberry: Exercises With South Korea Important, But Could Be Suspended to Allow North Korean Talks to Succeed

The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) joins Republic of Korea Navy ships for a photo exercise with the aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) on Oct. 18, 2017. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — After President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that military exercises with South Korea would stop while negotiations take place with North Korea, the head of the House Armed Services Committee told reporters he believes exercising and training with allies is important but that he would support halting these events to allow negotiations to succeed. Read More

Trump, Kim Joint Summit Statement Could Restrict U.S. Navy Presence Near Korean Peninsula

Trump, Kim Joint Summit Statement Could Restrict U.S. Navy Presence Near Korean Peninsula

The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) arrives in Busan for a regularly scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific. US Navy Photo

The ambiguous joint statement issued by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their Singapore summit could leave U.S. Navy ships barred from calling on South Korean ports, operating in regional waters and potentially shifting the regional balance of power, several military and Asian policy experts told USNI News this week. Read More