Category archives for: Middle East

Top News of the Week Apr 14-20, 2014

Top News of the Week Apr 14-20, 2014

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Christened The christening ceremony of the first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), took place at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard located in Bath, Maine on 12 April, 2014.   Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, and other honored guests attended the christening ceremony. US General Voices Need for More […]

UK Takes Over Command of CMF Combined Task Force 150

UK Takes Over Command of CMF Combined Task Force 150

The Royal Navy has taken over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 from the Royal Australian Navy at a formal change of command ceremony in Bahrain.   Commodore Jeremy Blunden RN assumed command of CTF 150 from Commodore Daryl Bates RAN bringing to an end the RAN’s fifth command of CTF […]

Australian CTF 150 Returns Home Having Seized USD 2Bln of Drugs

Australian CTF 150 Returns Home Having Seized USD 2Bln of Drugs

The 25-member Royal Australian Navy counter terrorism taskforce, Combined Taskforce 150 (CTF150), returned to Australia today after a successful five month Middle East deployment, which resulted in the interdiction of significant amounts of drugs headed to fund violent and extremist organisations.   CTF150 is one of three task forces operated by the Combined Maritime Forces […]

HMS Diamond Halfway Through Her Mediterranean Deployment

HMS Diamond Halfway Through Her Mediterranean Deployment

As she reaches the midway point of her Mediterranean deployment HMS Diamond has taken on fuel and supplies from the French tanker FS Var.   With the sun setting in the background, this is the fifth replenishment at sea (RAS) for the Type 45 destroyer which has been deployed in the region since January. A […]

N-Kom, NDSQ Host Visit from Qatar Emiri Naval Forces

N-Kom, NDSQ Host Visit from Qatar Emiri Naval Forces

N-KOM and NDSQ hosted a visit from top navy officials from the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces a week prior to the start of Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition, DIMDEX.   During the meeting, senior management personnel from N-KOM and NDSQ gave the visitors an overview of their shipyard’s capabilities followed by a tour of the […]

Korean Escort Task Group Talks Anti-Piracy with OCEAN SHIELD Counterparts

Korean Escort Task Group Talks Anti-Piracy with OCEAN SHIELD Counterparts

Earlier this month, Captain Yu Byeong-Joo, Commander Republic of Korea Naval Escort Task Group, visited NATO Operation OCEAN SHIELD Task Force Commander (CTF-508), Rear Admiral Eugénio Diaz del Rio, on board his flagship to discuss counter-piracy activities.   The Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS KANG GAM CHAN and the Spanish frigate ESPS CRISTÓBAL COLÓN are […]

Top News of the Week Apr 7-13, 2014

Top News of the Week Apr 7-13, 2014

Image of the Day: Artist Rendering of Electromagnetic Railgun aboard USNS Millinocket The Office of Naval Research-founded electromagnetic railgun, which is installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), shown by an artist rendering.   A long range weapon, railgun, can launch projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants and is under testing […]

USS Ramage Sailors Participate in COMREL Project

Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project, April 7, during a port visit to Haifa, Israel.   Ramage Sailors volunteered at the Melav Retiree Center and Shelter in the Neve David neighborhood of Haifa, where they painted the interior of the building and performed general gardening […]

Multinational Exercise Noble Dina Concludes

Multinational Exercise Noble Dina Concludes

The U.S Navy concluded the active portion of the regularly-scheduled multinational exercise, Noble Dina, along with Greece and Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, April 10.   Noble Dina is a combined exercise designed to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. […]

Oman Upgrades Its F-16 Fleet

The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.   In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the F-16 family and now […]

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