The Middle East remains a volatile area for merchant shipping into the new year, according to the analysis of attacks on ships in the region. Read More
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
The following is the Nov. 23, 2020 Congressional Research Service report, Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for U.S. Policy. Read More
The following is the Feb. 21, 2020 command investigation into the fatal shooting into the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 6, 2019. The report was released on Nov. 20, 2020. Read More
Emblazoned with the pennant number “1” in on its superstructure, Shahid Roudaki joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) as its latest and most visible warship during a ceremony held in Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. Read More
The Red Sea forms a physical and geopolitical choke point on much of the world’s trade. At its northern end the Suez Canal constricts the flow of ships, and at the southern end the Bab el-Mandeb Strait does. Millions of barrels of oil and other critically important goods transit the Red Sea every year, much of it destined for North America and Europe. Read More
The following is the Sept. 29, 2020 Congressional Research Service In Focus report, Iraq and U.S. Policy Read More
The shooter who killed three sailors and wounded eight others in a December incident at a Florida Navy base had ties to Al Qaeda, and U.S. officials now believe the shooting was an act of terrorism, Department of Justice officials announced on Monday. Read More
Saudi Arabian flight students are resuming flight training in the U.S. after a Saudi student killed three U.S. naval aviation students in Florida in December, the Navy announced on Wednesday. Read More
In the wake of the deadly December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a foreign military student, the Department of Justice announced 21 Saudi Arabian military students were disenrolled from U.S.-based training programs and returned to Saudi Arabia Monday.