US Subs’ Mystery Missions Off Korean Coast Prompt Panic

The USS Michigan Ohio-class ballistic missile sub has arrived in Busan, South Korea ahead of large scale US-South Korean exercises next week. Observers are concerned by the fact that another US sub, the USS Tucson, is already present in the area, and that it has been carrying out secret training missions whose purpose remains unclear. …

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An F/A-18 Super Hornet lands on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan at the South China Sea September 30, 2017. © Bobby Yip / Reuters

USS ‘Ronald Reagan’, Watched by China, Conducts Drills as North Korea Tensions Flare

With the crisis surrounding Pyongyang escalating, Washington’s only carrier based outside America, USS ‘Ronald Reagan’, conducted what have been described as “routine” military drills in the South China Sea under the vigilant eye of China. F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters took off from the deck of the USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ aircraft carrier on Saturday as …

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The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017. © Ahmad Masood / Reuters

US Navy Announces ‘Operational Pause’ After McCain Incident

The US Navy has called for an “operational pause” in all fleets following the collision of the guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain with a merchant ship off Singapore. The Navy also ordered a review of “root causes” of a series of incidents at sea. “This is the second collision in three months, and …

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Political Aspects of the Joint Russian-Chinese Naval Exercise in the Black Sea

The join naval exercise that was held by the Russian and Chinese navies at the end of July has undoubtedly become one of the most important events in the modern international politics. Even though the scale of this exercise was significantly smaller that the one conducted by American-Japanese-Indian navies, known as the Malabar, that was …

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50th Anniversary of Israel’s Infamous USS Liberty Attack

On June 8, during Israel’s preemptive Six-Day War, an act of aggression, not self-defense against regional Arab states, the IDF did the unthinkable. It provocatively attacked its main ally, striking the USS Liberty intelligence gathering ship, in international waters about 25.5 nautical miles northwest of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in international waters. The incident took 34 …

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The Mysterious Disappearance of a Nuclear Sub: Why They Called the USS Scorpion “Scrapiron”

Based on newly declassified information and existing evidence, a former CIA intelligence officer theorizes on how we lost the submarine Scorpion and why many of her crew came to call her the USS Scrapiron. At around midnight on 16 May 1968, the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) slipped quietly through the Strait of Gibraltar and paused just …

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South Korean navy's war supply ship Cheonji (R) refuels KDX-II destroyer Choi Young © South Korean Navy / Reuters

US Carrier to Arrive for Joint Drills with South Korea as Pyongyang Warns of ‘Merciless’ Strikes

A US Navy aircraft carrier group is expected to arrive in South Korea on Wednesday to take part in joint annual drills, the US military announced. It comes after the North warned of “merciless” attacks if its sovereignty is violated during the exercises. The strike group will arrive at the port city of Busan on …

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