Abu Dhabi To Host HQ For European Safety Of Navigation Mission

by Sylvia Westall (Reuters) - A French naval base in Abu Dhabi will serve as the headquarters for a European-led mission to protect Gulf waters that will be operational soon, France’s defense minister said on Sunday. France is the main proponent of a plan to build a European-led maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz after tanker attacks earlier this … [Read more...]

Elijah Cummings, A Powerful Maritime Advocate, Has Died

House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in supporting the maritime industry and United States Coast Guard, died on Thursday at age 68. The cause of death was “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said in a statement. Cummings had been absent recently from Congress … [Read more...]

FAIL: $13 billion US Supercarrier Misses Another Deadline

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) --Only two of 11 elevators needed to lift munitions to the deck of the U.S. Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier have been fully installed, according to a Navy veteran who serves on a key House committee. “I don’t see an end in sight right now” to getting all the elevators working on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the costliest warship ever, … [Read more...]

U.S. To Push Security Strategy Into SE Asian Waters

By Martin Petty (Reuters) - Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed U.S. push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Japan Will Not Send Warships To Strait of Hormuz

by Tim Kelly (Reuters) - Japan will not send warships to join a U.S.-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, said the Mainichi newspaper, citing unidentified government sources. But Japan may send warships independently to protect Japanese ships in the world’s most important oil … [Read more...]