The commandant of the Coast Guard says cyber “is going to be a domain as natural as breathing” that offers a host of challenges to the private and public sector, and the first step in meeting those challenges is understanding “the need to defend your cyber space.” Read More
Category Archives: Merchant Marine
Iran Releases Maersk Tigris
The Iranian government released merchant ship M/V Maersk Tigris after being detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28, both the Iranian government and the Maersk shipping company annouced on Thursday. Read More
The Sinking of Lusitania at 100: Reports of the Day
The following are two contemporary news reports on the sinking of the Lusitania published in Proceedings in 1915. The first is from the European War Notes section in the May-June 1915 issue. The second is from Professional Notes in the Sept.-Oct. 1915 issue. Read More
U.S. Navy Ships Will Accompany American Merchant Ships Through Strait of Hormuz to Prevent IRGCN Harassment
Following the Tuesday seizure of the M/V Maersk Tigris, U.S. Navy warships will now accompany American flagged merchant ships through the Strait of Hormuz to prevent harassment Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boats, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
Delegation Calls for More Philippine Merchant Marine Officers, Help from U.S.
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing to speak before a joint session of Congress on expanding trade in the Pacific, a delegation of legislators and businessmen from the Philippine maritime industry were meeting with transportation officials and would later meet with their American counterparts to find means to better educate their ratings and put more officers aboard the world’s merchant fleet. Read More
From the East India Company to Disney to the Cola Wars: A Brief Collection of Non-State Navies
Ships on the high seas can largely be split between two major caregories, merchant ships that connect countries through commerce and national navies formed to ensure that trade continues to flow.
However, in the margins between those two broad groups are fleets that have sought to influence international policy and politics independent of a national flag — non-state navies. Read More
Iran Seizes Marshall Islands Ship Maersk Tigris; U.S. Destroyer On Station
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.
Document: Department of Defense Freedom of Navigation Report
The following documents fact sheet and the 2014 report from the Department of Defense annual Freedom of Navigation program. Read More
Ship Used to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Returns to U.S.
The ship put into swift service to destroy the chemical weapons of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has returned to Norfolk, Va. after eight months at sea, an official at the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons
The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. Read More