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Naval Vessel Damaged in Palau

The Navy on March 22 dispatched a Lafayette-class frigate and two tugboats to escort s warship back to Kaohsiung, after it was damaged in Palau when carrying out a naval friendship tour. According to Taipei Times, no one was hurt in the accident. Another Cheng Kung-class frigate was also ordered to go to sea to replace the damaged warship and continue the mission. The damaged ship was currently around 93km from Palau, escorted by Palauan vessels. The damaged warship, accompanied by a supply ship, left for Palau on March 16. The warship had planned to stay in Palau for two days, and then sail to other diplomatic allies in Oceania. The warship may have hit a coral reef, as these are abundant in Palau. The navy has not decided whether to ask Palau to compensate the navy for the damage caused by the incident, as it occurred in a Palauan harbor while the ship was under the control of Palauan pilots. (Source: Taipei Times)

Navy Tanker, Not Warship, near Syria Says Moscow

Russia denies media reports of warship off Syria Coast As tensions around Syria escalate, media reports said a Russian warship with marines onboard had arrived off the Syrian coast, although Russia, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, denied the reports, but a senior member of the European parliament demanded an inquiry into the allegations. The Russian Defense Ministry said one of its tankers, Iman, had arrived off the Syrian coast for technical reasons and its civilian crew was

Australian Navy Launches International Fleet Review Mobile App

Those planning to attend the many activities associated with the International Fleet Review will have an easier time keeping track of what’s on offer with mobile phone application being launched next week by the Royal Australian Navy. The app, slated to officially launch on Monday, September 9, 2013,  has been developed to support the International Fleet Review (IFR) and will have information on the myriad of related events occurring in and around Sydney Harbour from October 3-11

U.S., Norway and Spain to Train Warships Together

According to the Ventura County Star, Naval Base Ventura County threw a party Saturday for visiting warships from Norway, Spain and a newly built U.S. destroyer. Over the next two weeks, the ships and their newly installed weapons systems will be put to the test during a series of at-sea exercises. This is the first time a Norwegian warship has docked at the Port of Hueneme, and the first combined Norwegian Navy, Spanish Navy and U.S. Navy Combat System Ship Qualification Trials.

Pirates Attack EU NAVFOR Warship

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

During the night of November 6, the EU NAVFOR warship SPS Infanta Cristina was attacked off the East coast of Somalia by a vessel identified as the MV IZUMI, a ship that had itself been pirated on 10 October. The EU NAVFOR warship had been escorting the MV Petra 1, which had been chartered by the African Union Military Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), at the time. This is the first ever attack on an EU warship conducting an AMISOM escort.

Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has ratcheted up its war of words over Ukraine, with the parliamentary defence secretary claiming Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea

Eleven Pirates Convicted in the Seychelles

Transfer of pirates to Seychelles authorities in May 2012

On October 2, 2013, eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel from May 7-11, 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on May 11, 2012, after the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious fishing dhow towing two skiffs, 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast.

Pirating of MV Izumi in the Somali Basin

Image courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the afternoon of 10 October, the owners of the Panama-flagged MV Izumi reported that they had received an automatically released distress signal indicating that the vessel was likely to be under pirate attack. The Danish warship HDMS Esbern Snare of the NATO counter piracy force was dispatched to intercept and investigate. In the early hours of 11 October the captain of the vessel made contact with the Danish warship, stating that pirates were in charge of the MV Izumi.

UK Warships at Recent Doha Expo

HMS Daring: Photo credit UK MOD

HMS Daring stars in Middle East naval showcase Daring, Britain's most advanced warship, is on her maiden deployment. She was joined by minehunter HMS Quorn in Qatar recently at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX). DIMDEX is the only exhibition focused on naval forces and coastguards in the Middle East and North African region. It attracts warships not only from those regions

INS Sahyadri in Philippines for Goodwill Visit

INS Sahyadri. Photo by Indian Navy

 The INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, of Indian Navy arrived in Manila on Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit to the country.  It is docked at the South Harbor.   The warship is likely to remain in Manila till November 4 for extensive interaction with the Philippines Navy before it continues into the North West Pacific region as part of India's Act East policy.   The visit of INS Sahyadri, an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik class

South China Sea Hearing in Court

Map by  The American Center for Democracy

 The Philippines has sought to debunk China's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, court officials said Monday (November 30) as an international tribunal wrapped up a five-day hearing, says an AFP report.   The Philippines has asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration in

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

HII Ship Repair Arm Honored for Green Efforts

Photo: Continental Maritime of San Diego

Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD), a ship repair subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), has been awarded the Blue Sky Award by San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District APCD for its initiatives targeting reduced air pollution.  

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

China: U.S. Patrol in S.China Sea 'harmed trust'

The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart in a call.

Japan, China to Quick Launch Maritime Communication Mechanism

Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships. Photo: Japan Navy

 Japanese and Chinese defense ministers agreed that an early launch of a maritime communication mechanism and defense exchanges are important for the countries to prevent accidental clashes in their first such talks since June 2011, reports Japan Times.  

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel

China Downplays South China Sea 'freedom of navigation'

The issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea should not be "hyped up" or used as an excuse for provocation, China's defence minister said on Wednesday, in response to recent U.S. action in the sea. Minister of National Defence Chang Wanquan made the remarks at a forum of

Asean Sets up Maritime Crisis Hotline

Photo: Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen Facebook Page

 The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has established a hotline to resolve maritime disputes and to ensure the line of communications between the countries remain open during a crisis, reports the Star.  

Japan Delivers 2 Used Ships to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

 Japan delivered on Tuesday two used ships to the Vietnamese Coast Guard to help the Southeast Asian country strengthen maritime security, reports the Japan Times.   The two 600-ton vessels, provided in a ceremony in the city of Da Nang

RAN, French Navy Hold Joint Exercises in S. China Sea

HMAS Stuart sailors stand at ease on the forecastle as they and HMAS Arunta prepare to come alongside in Zhanjiang, China.

  HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius, have rendezvoused at sea with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire as part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group deployment to North and South East Asia.   Following successful port visits to Zhanjiang, China

India's BrahMos Missile Test-Fired From New Naval Ship

Photo Credit: ANI Twitter

 The world's fastest cruise missile - Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos - successfully hit decommissioned target ship 'Alleppey' located at a distance covering nearly the full range of the missile with high precision, India's defence officials said.   

China Warns US on 'Provocative Attacks'

U.S. Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday. Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S

Angry China Warns U.S. Navy Ship

Map by Asep Setiawan

 A US Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said its warships tracked and warned the American vessel, reports Reuters.  

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