Category Archives: Piracy

Navy Needs To Think Small When Planning Irregular Surface Warfare Strategies

Navy Needs To Think Small When Planning Irregular Surface Warfare Strategies

A boarding team from dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) approaches merchant vessel Golden Nori after pirates released the Japanese chemical tanker Dec. 12, 2007. The pirates seized the ship off the coast of Somalia in late October. The release of Golden Nori marked the first time in more than a year that no ships were held by Somali pirates. Navy Photo

Great power competition dramatically expands the challenges of confronting irregular naval warfare such as defending against maritime pirates or preserving the security of data sent through undersea cables, a panel of experts said at the Hudson Institute last week.

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China’s Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

China’s Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

Chinese sailors watch a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo

Africa was the topic for the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, but what China was up to from one end of the continent to the other was its members’ recurring concern during Tuesday’s hearing. Read More

Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime 'Grey Zone'

Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime ‘Grey Zone’

A US Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, approached a suspected pirate after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates in 2011. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Between war and peace is the grey zone – a legal status where the rules of engagement aren’t always clear for the Navy and Coast Guard forces increasingly operating there, according to top commanders from the services.

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Attack Boat USS Jacksonville Arrives at Final Homeport before 2018 Retirement

Attack Boat USS Jacksonville Arrives at Final Homeport before 2018 Retirement

USS Jacksonville (SSN-669) arriving in Bremerton, Wash., Monday. The boat is scheduled for retirement in early 2018. (U.S. Navy Photo)

A previous version of this post has the incorrect hull number for the nuclear attack submarine USS Jacksonville. The hull number is SSN-699, not SSN-669.

Nuclear attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) reached its final homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Monday.

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Video: U.S. Navy Assists Iranian Sailors After Pirate Attack

Video: U.S. Navy Assists Iranian Sailors After Pirate Attack

Photo of Iranian dhow following a pirate attack on Oct. 24, 2017. US Navy Photo

Sailors from the guided-missile USS Howard (DDG-83) came to the aide to the crew of an Iranian fishing dhow that came under attack by pirates south of the island of Socotra near the Gulf of Aden, as seen in video obtained by USNI News on Thursday. Read More

Unauthorized Fireworks, Unlawful Gambling on USS Bainbridge Leads to Relief of Leadership Triad

Unauthorized Fireworks, Unlawful Gambling on USS Bainbridge Leads to Relief of Leadership Triad

Former Bainbridge CO Cmdr. Sean Ronger, XO Cmdr. Brandon Murray and CMC Richard Holmes were releieved from their roles on the ship on April 8, 2016, sources tell USNI News

Former Bainbridge CO Cmdr. Sean Ronger, XO Cmdr. Brandon Murray and CMC Richard Holmes were relieved from their jobs on the ship April 8, 2016, according to the service

The senior leadership of the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) – the ship best known for its role in the 2009 M/V Maersk Alabama piracy incident off Somalia – was relieved on Friday for tolerating gambling and storage of unauthorized fireworks on its last deployment, USNI News has learned. Read More