Motor Tanker (M/T) Wila, a merchant vessel in international waters en-route to the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, in the Gulf of Oman, was boarded by armed Iranian personnel who fast roped aboard the ship from an Iranian Sea King helicopter as it hovered above on Aug. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo
This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020.
Like the U.S., international navies grappled with not only the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but regional security concerns from China’s naval expansion and operations in the Pacific to Iranian and Russian operations in the Middle East. Read More
HI Sutton Image used with permission
Last week, the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Samah entered the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal. After a few miles, the 900-foot-long ship stopped reporting its position and destination. Evidence suggests the ship sailed to Syria, escorted by two Russian Navy ships, including a destroyer. Read More
USS Porter (DDG-78) enters the Black Sea on July 19, 2020. Photo by Yörük Işık used with permission
Naval drills led by the U.S. and Ukraine kicked off today in the Black Sea, while Russia called for a series of nearby snap naval drills. Read More
Kilo-class submarine Rostov-on-Don heading for the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by Yörük Işık used with permission
The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet recently has been deploying its submarines to the Mediterranean, despite a decades-old international treaty which many thought would prevent those deployments. Read More
Russian students listen to a Russian naval officer in the Annapolis National Cemetery, Md. USNI News Photo
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In the back corner of a cemetery, just down the road from the U.S. Naval Academy, is the grave of Nikolay Demidoff. He was a Russian sailor who died during a little-remembered episode more than 150 years ago when Russia was one of the only friends Washington had. Read More
Russian surveillance ship Ivar Khurs makes ‘aggressive’ move against USS Farragut (DDG-99). US Navy Image
A Russian warship made an aggressive move toward a U.S. guided-missile destroyer operating in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News. Read More
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing from her home in Portsmouth on Feb. 2, 2019. U.K. MoD Photo
LONDON — The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are spearheading a revival of British sea power unparalleled since the end of the Second World War, the country’s top admiral said on Tuesday. Read More
New Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov in late 2014.
This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. Nothern Command.
A U.S. destroyer is off the coast of Havana, Cuba, shadowing a detachment of Russian naval ships that includes one of the country’s most advanced surface ships, USNI News has verified. Read More
Navy image of Russian Destroyer Admiral Vinogradov (left) overtaking guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) (right) in the Philippine Sea in a maneuver the Navy is calling ‘unsafe and unprofessional’
This post was updated with additional imagery and video from U.S. 7th Fleet. This post has also been updated to include a map of where the incident occurred.
A Russian destroyer came within 100 feet of a U.S. cruiser operating in the Western Pacific in an incident the U.S. Navy is calling, “unsafe and unprofessional.” Read More
Russian Kilo-class submarine Krasnodar leaving the Black Sea on March 14, 2019. Cem Devrim Yaylalı Photo used with permission
ISTANBUL – The Russian Improved Kilo-class submarine Krasnodar (B-265) made an unexpected southbound passage through the Bosphorus Strait on Thursday. The submarine assigned to the Black Sea Fleet entered the Mediterranean the next day. Read More