China Denies Hong Kong Port Visit for U.S. Navy Ships Amid Tensions

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - China has denied a request for two U.S. Navy ships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the transport dock ship Green Bay had requested to visit later this month, while the guided-missile … [Read more...]

Norwegian Frigate Intentionally Grounded Collision with Oil Tanker

Update: AIS animation shows the collision between Sola TS and KNM Helge Ingstad. By Terje Solsvik and Ole Petter Skonnord OSLO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - An oil tanker and a Norwegian navy frigate collided off Norway's west coast on Thursday, injuring eight people and triggering the temporary shutdown of a North Sea crude export terminal, Norway's top gas processing plant and … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Sailor Dies in Small Boat Accident in Red Sea

A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) died Sunday from injuries sustained while conducting small boat operations July 8, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said in a statement. The sailor was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., local time, the statement … [Read more...]

How To Avoid A Naval Cold War In The High North

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg) In the classic Cold War novel (and fine 1965 film) "The Bedford Incident," a U.S. destroyer on a NATO mission tangles with a Soviet submarine in the frigid waters near the Arctic Circle. Mayhem ensues in a tautly described set of interactions that lead the world to the brink of nuclear war. Today, as we watch U.S. and Russia continue to … [Read more...]

Japan’s Navy Appoints First Female Squadron Commander

by Nobuhiro Kubo (Reuters) - Japan’s navy on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to lure more females to make up for a dearth of male recruits in graying Japan. Ryoko Azuma, will command four ships with a combined crew of 1,000, of which only 30 are women, that make up the Maritime Self … [Read more...]