Category archives for: South & Central Asia

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Naval forces from the United States, Europe, South America and Africa commenced the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express, April 16.   Obangame Express, now in its fourth year, is designed to improve tactical expertise and cooperation among West and Central African nations in order to enhance those maritime forces’ collective ability to deter illicit activity […]

USS Bonhomme Richard ARG Flexes Its Muscles West of Korean Peninsula

USS Bonhomme Richard ARG Flexes Its Muscles West of Korean Peninsula

The USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is conducting maritime operations in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula, from 15th to 18th of April.   According to the U.S. Navy, these operations are being conducted in international waters and are intended to reinforce regional stability and increase maritime interoperability, which is critical to […]

MH370: Chinese Replenishment Ship Restocks in Albany, Australia

MH370: Chinese Replenishment Ship Restocks in Albany, Australia

The town of Albany in Western Australia played host to a unique international visitor on 9 April when the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) vessel Qiandaohu visited.   The Fuchi class replenishment ship had spent more than a month at sea with a Chinese fleet as part of the international search for missing Malaysia […]

Singapore’s Defence Minister Stresses Militaries’ Role in Non-Traditional Security Challenges

Singapore’s Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday, April 14th to attend the 14th Defence Services Asia and 3rd Putrajaya Forum.   Delivering the keynote address at the Putrajaya Forum themed “Strengthening Security and Regional Stability”, Dr Ng expressed Singapore’s support for the Malaysian Government’s handling of the […]

The Philippines, Japan Hold Staff to Staff Talks

The Philippines, Japan Hold Staff to Staff Talks

In response to the invitation of Admiral Katsotoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Philippine Navy sent a delegation to Tokyo, Japan for the 3rd PN–JMSDF Staff to Staff Talks from 8th to 11th of April 2014.   During the talks, topics on Security Environment, Defense Policy and Build-Up […]

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 […]

US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise

US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with a Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) minesweeper off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam, April 12.   This first SAR event between the U.S. and Vietnamese navies occurred a few hours after McCain got underway from the port of Da […]

HMS Echo Keeps Up Efforts to Find Lost Malaysian Plane

HMS Echo Keeps Up Efforts to Find Lost Malaysian Plane

Sailors on board Royal Navy ship HMS Echo are continuing their efforts to narrow down the area in the Indian Ocean where ‘pings’, thought to be from missing flight MH370’s black box, have been detected.   The commanding officer of the hydrographic survey ship said they were using their specialist equipment to measure how the […]

USS Lake Erie Calls at Osaka, Japan

USS Lake Erie Calls at Osaka, Japan

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrived in Osaka, Japan for a scheduled port visit on April 10.   The visit is designed to strengthen maritime partnerships with Japan and to enhance community relations with the city of Osaka. “This isn’t just a port visit for Lake Erie, it’s […]

USS Frank Cable Arrives in Malaysia

USS Frank Cable Arrives in Malaysia

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived at Sepangar, Malaysia, April 13, for a port visit as part of a regularly scheduled underway period in the Western Pacific.   “The purpose of our visit to Malaysia is to promote stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, to demonstrate commitment to regional partners, and […]

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