Why Is a Russian Naval Fleet Gathering Near Syria?

In late August 2018 Russia launched a naval deployment in the western Mediterranean off the Syrian coast. It was Moscow’s biggest such deployment since the end of the Cold War. The naval moves came shortly after the Kremlin claimed the United States and its Western allies were plotting a new round of attacks on the …

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America’s New Ford-Class Is a Study in How NOT to Build a Carrier

Pres. Donald Trump used the Navy’s next-generation aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, as a backdrop to unveil his vision for the next defense budget in March 2017. The moment was meant to symbolize his commitment to rebuilding the military, but it also positioned the president in front of a monument to the Navy’s and …

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US 2nd Fleet Reactivated, Preparing for Arctic Warfare with “Bad Actors”

Following a sharp increase in Russian naval activity in the arctic and North Atlantic, the Trump administration has reactivated Navy's 2nd Fleet to deal with "bad actors on the world's stage," according to Vice Adm. Andrew "Woody" Lewis, who took command of the reestablished forces. In a Friday ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, Lewis warned …

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Pakistan’s Regional Maritime Security Patrols Are an Extension of CPEC

The Pakistani Navy commenced Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) in the northwestern corner of the Indian Ocean last month that have since seen the country’s ships pay visits to Saudi Arabia and Oman, thereby broadening the scope of Pakistani influence in the emerging Multipolar World Order. The patrols are fully in line with international law …

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Chinese Naval Expansion Hits High Gear: China’s Navy Acquires 15 Warships in 7 Months

While there was much fanfare and attention given to the July 3rd launch of two Type 055 guided missile destroyers at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DISC) shipyard in Dalian, very little mention has been made of the many other warships that the PLAN has launched or commissioned since the beginning of the year. Although …

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How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry

Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard. To some it …

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It’s Actually a Good Idea for Landlocked Ethiopia to Build a Navy

New President Abiy Ahmed was speaking with military leaders when he told them that “we should build our naval force capacity in the future”, which instantly attracted international attention because the country’s been landlocked since Eritrea’s 1993 secession. That now-independent country has always feared that Ethiopia still harbors designs to either forcibly reincorporate it or …

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The US Navy Reestablishes Its Second Fleet to Counter Russia

The US Navy is reestablishing its Second Fleet in order to control the North Atlantic. It will be operational by July 1 and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. This is another step to prepare for possible combat actions against Russia, which is viewed as a potential enemy. The Fleet was disbanded in 2011, as nothing challenged the US Navy …

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Xi Reviews China’s Biggest Naval Parade ‘in 600 Years’

More than 10,000 People’s Liberation Army airmen, marines and sailors boarded 48 naval vessels and 76 aircraft for a major show of force with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the South China Sea on Thursday. During his rallying cry for loyalty and devotion, the Communist Party leader was greeted by a resounding chorus of platitudes from soldiers in front of the …

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