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  1. KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Saturday met with Western Fleet Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces Rear Admiral Hamed Bakheet Al Johani, said a Pakistan Navy (PN) statement. Abbasi is on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The naval chief also visited RSNF ships and shore-based establishments. Matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration were discussed during the meeting with Johani acknowledging the significance of close and strong bilateral naval association in diverse realms between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces. The naval chief also visited RSNFS Makkah and was briefed by the commander of the ship. "It is expected that recent visit of the Naval Chief will enhance and expand collaboration between the two countries in general and navies in particular," said the PN statement.
  2. KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN). on Thursday inducted a dredger and two split hopper barges, said a statement from the PN. The utility ships were built for the navy at Tianjin shipyard, China. The induction ceremony was attended by high ranking officials and dignitaries from China, Pakistan Navy and the corporate sector. With the induction of this new dredger and its two hopper barges, the dredging capability of PN will be enhanced further. Speaking on the occasion, the vice chief of naval staff stated that Pakistan?s sea trade routes and maritime zones are the lifelines for country?s economy and need to be guarded at all costs. He added that our ports and harbor are the gateways to this economic line and the need to keep them functional at all times mandates a strong navy.
  3. Admiral Valter Girardelli is being presented Guard of Honour during his visit to PNS Zulfiquar KARACHI: Chief of Italian Navy Admiral Valter Girardelli on Saturday met various Naval Field Commands during his visit to the metropolis, a press release said. Before his visit to Karachi, the Italian navy chief called on Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Wednesday, where discussions on professional matters and avenues of existing and future naval collaboration were focused. Admiral Girardelli during his meetings with the field commands in Karachi held discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration. He lauded Pakistan Navy?s role and commitments in maintaining peace and stability in the region through participation in the Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan and Counter Piracy Task Forces. Admiral Valter Girardelli also laid floral wreath at Quaid?s mausoleum and later visited various PN establishments and ships.
  4. Indonesia's navy carries out regular patrols to protect its vast archipelago from poachers, pirates and drug smugglers. Photo: AFP file BATAM: Indonesia?s navy seized more than a tonne of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four people in a major drug bust this week, an top navy official said Saturday. A navy boat patrolling the Phillip Channel between Singapore and Batam intercepted the MV Sunrise Glory, which was flying the Singapore flag, as it entered Indonesian waters. Officials suspected it might actually be a Taiwanese fishing boat which has been targeted by the Indonesian military since December for being a part of a drug syndicate, navy deputy chief Vice Admiral Achmad Taufiqoerrochman told a press conference. The boat was flying the Singapore flag but changed it for the Indonesian one as the navy patrol approached. Officials later took the boat to Batam and raided the storage where they found the drugs hidden inside 41 rice sacks, weighing 1,029 kilograms (2,260 pounds). "Last night we discovered more than one tonne of crystal meth and the amount might increase because we have not finished checking everything," the vice admiral said. Officials also arrested four Taiwanese crew members who claimed not to know each other. Authorities also found at least four different national flags on the boat and fake documents, prompting suspicion that the vessel was a "phantom ship" which operates under different names and changed flag according to the country?s waters it entered, he said. The boat crew told the military they planned to bring the drugs to Australia. Indonesia has some of the toughest anti-drugs laws in the world, including capital punishment for traffickers.
  5. PNS Aslat with the seized cache of narcotics. -PN ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Navy (PN) ship operating in the North Arabian Sea seized a huge cache of drugs while undertaking maritime security operations in Pakistan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), said a press from the PN. PNS Aslat seized 5,000kgs of hashish, valued at millions of dollars, after conducting a complex and risky operation involving surveillance in the area. The seizure was the result of a special operation. "After gathering credible evidence, Special Warfare teams of PNS Aslat boarded the suspected vessel, undertook a search operation and seized 5,000kgs of Hashish," said the PN statement. The seized narcotics and suspects were later handed over to the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). "The success of Pakistan Navy ship in interrupting the flow of narcotics highlights the importance accorded by Pakistan Navy in patrolling the waters of North Indian Ocean to ensure a free flow of legitimate commerce and deny the use of high seas to terrorists and all associated miscreants," added the PN statement. PN Special Warfare team conducting the search and seize operation. -PN PNS Aslat is a F-22P frigate capable of undertaking a wide variety of combat as well as full spectrum maritime security operations at sea. The ship was deployed as part of the Multinational Combined Task Force-150 (CTF-150), which is part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Task Force-150 is mandated to ensure maritime security to prevent terrorism and associated illegal activities.
  6. The US Navy patrol craft USS Squall (PC 7) steams in the Arabian Gulf in this US Navy picture taken January 14, 2015. ? Reuters FILE LONDON: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Monday that US vessels patrolling the Gulf had changed behaviour and now abided by international regulations. Rear Admiral Ali Ozmaei?s remarks cited by Tasnim news agency followed last week?s comments by US military officials that the Iranian military had halted routine ?harassment? of US naval vessels in the Gulf. Each state accuses the other of having flouted international regulations in the sea area, which is a major trade route for oil. In recent years, there have been periodic confrontations between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and US military in the Gulf. ?We see that Americans behaviour has changed. They pay more attention to international regulations and avoid approaching Iran?s territorial waters,? Ozmaei, the Guards? fifth naval district commander, said. In the first such confrontation since President Donald Trump took office, a US Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel approached to within 450 feet (140 meters) last July. The following month an unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (30 meters) of a US Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf. During the presidential campaign last September, Trump said any Iranian vessel that harassed the US Navy in the Gulf would be ?shot out of the water.?
  7. Illegal migrants arrive by boat at a naval base after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/Files TRIPOLI: Between 90 and 100 migrants were missing after their makeshift boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country?s navy said late Tuesday. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down, according to Navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem, who said rescuers had saved just 17 people, including some women. Survivors clung to the vessel for hours before help arrived. The boat sank off the city of Khoms, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the Libyan capital, Kacem said. In another incident, the Libyan navy said it had also rescued 267 migrants of various African nationalities, off Zawiya to the west of Tripoli. Women and 17 children were among those rescued, said Kacem, who added that bad weather had hampered the operation. Over the weekend, 10 migrants died and dozens of others, including children, went missing off the Libyan coast, according to aid organisations. Since the 2011 fall and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has become a key launch pad for migrants making desperate bids to reach Europe, often on unseaworthy vessels. Last year alone, 3,116 people died attempting the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), including 2,833 from Libya. But there has been a sharp drop in crossing attempts since the summer of 2017 following efforts by Italy to discourage migrants from trying to make the journey.
  8. ISLAMABAD: A flotilla of the Pakistan Navy (PN) visited Muscat as part of a goodwill and training visit, said a statement from PN. The flotilla comprised the submarine PNS Hurmat, sail ship PNS Rahnaward and support ship PNS Rasadgar. During the visit, the mission commander and commanding officers of the PN ships and submarines held important meetings with various Royal Navy of Oman officers. "The visit was aimed at improving interoperability and strengthening of bilateral ties between the two navies and creating opportunities for learning from each other's experiences. The visit also afforded the crews and officers of the navy flotilla to hold professional interactions with personnel from RNO. Commodore Altaf Hussain commanded the flotilla as mission commander during the port visit.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b0db40c5b8c73a0e59b86e2dbdb7f453.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8zLzIwMTggMjoxMTozMiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUZWUUY0bkxSVTlMZ2kzUVA5eEpPRUE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) on Wednesday tested the indigenously developed Harbah naval cruise missile after launching it from the newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat, said a statement from the PN. Harbah is a surface to surface missile with land attack capability. "The missile accurately hit its target signifying the impressive capabilities of Harbah Naval Weapon System," said the PN statement. "The successful live weapon firing has once again demonstrated the credible firepower of Pakistan Navy and the impeccable level of indigenisation in high tech weaponry achieved by Pakistan's defence industry." Chief of naval staff on the occasion expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of the PN fleet units and commended efforts of all those involved. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also appreciated the efforts made by the engineers and researchers in making the Harbah weapon system project a success.
  10. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi remarked that Pakistan Navy is committed to protecting Gwadar Port, China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Pakistan?s maritime interest. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi remarked that Pakistan Navy is committed to protecting Gwadar Port, China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Pakistan?s maritime interest. The PM also expressed his confidence in the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy after watching its exercises Sunday morning, said Pakistan Navy?s spokesperson. The PM hailed the sacrifices of Pakistan Navy officers for the protection of country?s maritime interests. Exercises related to warships and fleet reviews were conducted in North Arabia Sea to show the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy. The PM also expressed his confidence in the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy after watching its exercises Sunday morning. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 The exercises focused on manpower, transfer of equipment from one ship to another, rocket and depth charge firing. Moreover, Pakistan Navy?s aeroplanes and helicopters also flew past the site of exercise. Upon his arrival, PM Abbasi was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi. 'Don't mistake Pak's desire for peace as weakness' Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, addressing the passing out ceremony of the 108th midshipman and 17th SSC course, said on Saturday that Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence and a friendly neighbourhood. ?We do not harbour any aggressive designs. However, our desire for peace must not be construed as a sign of weakness or indifference to the developments taking place in the region,? he remarked. Pakistan?s desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness: PM Our desire for peace must not be construed as a sign of weakness or indifference, says PM The PM said: ?Any disguise or unnatural arrangements for supremacy would neither succeed nor serve the purpose of peace and stability. The people of this region deserve a better quality of life, progress and prosperity. This dream can only come true?? by following a policy of cooperation and coherence.? We ought to engage effectively and direct our energies towards the common goal of our people, he stressed, adding ?in the current security scenario, certain extremist elements that are abated externally are at play to disrupt our peace and harmony.? On military operations to counter terrorism, he said ?Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad are not merely operations. These are manifestations of a resolve and the commitment of the nation to cleanse Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism.? The PM also hailed the role of Pakistan?s armed forces, stressing: ?Our armed forces are at the forefront playing a pivotal role in harmony with other state institutions.?
  11. ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani Navy (PN) ships, PNS Dehshat and PNS Rahnaward, made a port call to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, said a statement released by the PN. The port visit, scheduled from November 20 to 24, is the second visit by PN ship within a span of a year. Rahnaward, a tall training ship and Dehshat, a fast attack craft-missile docked into port under the command of Commander 10th Patrol Craft Squadron Captain Khalid Pervez. "The visit was aimed to promote peace and' security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly regional navies," said the PN statement. During the visit, the PN delegation held meetings with the naval and military leadership of Iran on matters of mutual interest. A reception dinner was also hosted during the visit by Capt Pervez onboard PNS Rahnaward which was attended by Ambassador of Pakistan Asif Durrani, senior Iranian military and civil officials along with military attaches from China, Poland, Germany and Japan. The visit of the PN flotilla to Iran demonstrates strengthening of cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran based on mutual respect, shared history and culture, added the statement.
  12. More than 30 migrants died and 200 others were rescued on Saturday when their boats foundered off Libya´s western coast, the Libyan navy said. Photo: AFP TRIPOLI: More than 30 migrants died and 200 others were rescued on Saturday when their boats foundered off Libya´s western coast, the Libyan navy said. The coastguard conducted two rescue operations off the city of Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli, spokesman Colonel Abu Ajila Abdelbarri said. He added that patrols had found 31 bodies and 60 survivors from one boat, along with a further 140 survivors from a second.
  13. The aircraft has been in operation for more than five decades and is due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft-Reuters (File Photo) TOKYO: A US Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in waters southeast of Japan?s Okinawa island on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the US Seventh Fleet said. ?USS Ronald Reagan is conducting search and rescue operations. The cause of the crash is not yet known,? it said in a press release. Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera told reporters the US Navy had informed him that the crash in the Philippine Sea may have been a result of engine trouble. The propeller powered transport plane, a C-2 Greyhound, carries personnel, mail and other cargo from mainland bases to carriers operating at sea. The aircraft has been in operation for more than five decades and is due to be replaced by the long-range tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft.
  14. The seven signals received at Argentina?s naval bases at the weekend were not attempted distress calls from one of its submarines, now missing for five days, the navy said Monday. Photo: AFP BUENOS AIRES: The seven signals received at Argentina?s naval bases at the weekend were not attempted distress calls from one of its submarines, now missing for five days, the navy said Monday. ?We?ve received the report from the company that analyzed the signals ? the seven attempted calls did not come from the submarine?s satellite phone,? navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said. Argentina?s navy had earlirer disclosed that the missing submarine had reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication. ?The vessel surfaced and it reported a breakdown. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata,? the head of the naval base in the northeastern city Gabriel Galeazzi had said. ?We?ve received the report from the company that analyzed the signals ? the seven attempted calls did not come from the submarine?s satellite phone,? he had stated, adding: ?We have still been unable to contact them.? The ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric sub, made its last contact on Wednesday. A multinational air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay.
  15. It's a bird, it's a plane, oh no, wait, it's a giant *****. Pulling the most overdone, yet hilarious prank, a US Navy pilot decided to put his artistic skill to good use by painting the sky with an enormous outline of a ***** using the condensation trails from his multi-million-dollar warplane. Residents of Omak in Okanogan County, Washington, were in for quite a shock when they looked up to see a F-18 jet drawing a giant ***** in the sky on Thursday. Obviously, pictures started circulating online immediately. The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A ***** in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj — Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017 Even the Navy officials acknowledged one of their crews was behind the stunt, saying the aircraft “left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground.” Obviously, the US Navy was left red-faced because of the whole incident. In a statement, Lieutenant Commander Leslie Hubbell, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island said, “The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values.” “We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation -- and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions. “The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act,” she added. Some pilots at NAS Whidbey did some sky writing today. ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸https://t.co/9IsYvkX1za pic.twitter.com/Lm7kpMhKpY — Adam Gessaman (@adamrg) November 17, 2017 A lot of people posted pictures of the massive ***** on their social media accounts, because let's be honest, ethical or not, the whole thing is hilarious. this is ART. So much beauty, and elegance — Vero :) (@verooncia_) November 17, 2017 Such an immature and proud moment for everyone. I'm so proud to be a Navy Vet right now!! ðð — TexasStrongYank ð¹ð¸ð·ðº (@RiderBabe52) November 18, 2017 Me too pic.twitter.com/Ee9mWYkpuh — â BannerKingz â FAME (@BannerKingz) November 18, 2017 Art is art. Why are Americans so bothered by Cocks? Half the population have one!! Picture is art. — Richard V B (@southcoastbloke) November 18, 2017 Disturbing photoshop. pic.twitter.com/Ni7duxLT9U — McMike (@_McMike_) November 17, 2017 Ramon Duran told The Spokesman-Review that he was just out and about, running errands when he noticed what was happening up in the sky. “After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,” Duran said. “It was pretty funny to see that. You don´t expect to see something like that.” Totally. If a navy pilot drawing a ***** in the sky doesn't describe military shenanigans I don't know what will. — Shaffer (@AlexanderShaffr) November 17, 2017 Using an expensive machine built for war to draw a giant ***** in the sky is a little too on the nose for This Year In Symbolism. — erin mccann (@mccanner) November 17, 2017 Watch it in its full glory.
  16. BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said. The vessel was in the southern Argentine Sea when it gave its last location two days ago. ?We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication,? Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. ?If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface.? Balbi said the submarine, which left the southern city of Ushuaia for Mar del Plata, both in Argentina, has food supply for several days and is likely to continue its journey despite communication problems.
  17. LONDON: Britain?s navy has fired nine sailors serving on a nuclear-armed submarine after they tested positive for using cocaine, the country?s defence ministry said on Saturday. The crew were from HMS Vigilant, one of four Royal Navy submarines which operate the Trident nuclear missile system. ?We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel. Those found to have fallen short of our high standards face being discharged from service,? a Royal Navy spokesman said. The Daily Mail newspaper reported that the sailors had failed drugs tests while the submarine was docked in the United States to pick up nuclear warheads and undergo work, and the sailors had been accommodated in hotels on shore. A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the location of the incident but said: ?There is no evidence to suggest any individual was under the influence while performing their duties.? The ministry also confirmed the submarine?s commander had been relieved of his command pending investigation, but declined to give details. Previous reports said this was due to an earlier unrelated incident. Britain?s four nuclear-armed submarines each carry eight operational missiles and 40 nuclear warheads, and have a crew of 135. Since 1969 Britain has had at least one nuclear-armed submarine on patrol at all times.
  18. File photo: Reuters LONDON: Nine British sailors assigned to a nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after failing compulsory drug tests, Britain´s ministry of defence has confirmed. The service personnel, stationed aboard HMS Vigilant -- one of four Royal Navy submarines equipped with nuclear missiles -- were dismissed after all tested positive for an illegal substance. "We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel," a Royal Navy spokesperson said. "Those found to have fallen short of our high standards face being discharged from service." The spokesperson also confirmed the navy had launched an investigation into other service personnel on HMS Vigilant over allegations of inappropriate relationships, detailed in British media reports this month. "We can confirm an investigation is underway, but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage," the spokesperson added. "Any allegations of wrongdoing are taken very seriously and will be dealt with appropriately." HMS Vigilant is one of four Vanguard-class submarines in the British navy. Each vessel is equipped with up to eight Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads.
  19. WASHINGTON: The US Navy hospital ship Comfort is due to leave its home port in Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday for deployment to the hurricane-battered island of Puerto Rico, its first civilian disaster mission in seven years, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The USNS Comfort, equipped to carry as many as 1,000 hospital beds, 12 operating rooms and one of the largest trauma units in the United States, is expected to arrive in Puerto Rico by the middle of next week, according to Defense Department officials. It takes up to four days to load and prepare the vessel. The vessel?s departure date was set a week after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and three days after former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton urged Republican US President Donald Trump in a Twitter message to deploy the ship. Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis ?should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens,? Clinton, who served as secretary of state under Trump?s predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, tweeted on Sunday. Critics of Trump?s disaster response in Puerto Rico seized on the Clinton tweet, launching a petition on the website Change.org that drew some 260,000 supporters for the idea and igniting a #SendtheComfort social media campaign. The Pentagon did not explain why the vessel was not dispatched sooner or say whether Clinton?s admonition was a factor. But a Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier this week that the Comfort was not deployed before then because the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which is overseeing disaster relief on the island, had not requested it. Asked why the Comfort had not been prepositioned in case of a deployment request, the official said weather conditions in the Caribbean and the incoming hurricane would have made it difficult. Maria, the most powerful hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in nearly a century, cut a swath of destruction across the island last Wednesday with roof-ripping winds, torrential rains and pounding surf. The storm claimed at least 16 lives on the island, knocked out the territory?s entire power grid, unleashed severe flooding and caused widespread heavy damage to homes and infrastructure. Governor Ricardo Rossello called it an unprecedented disaster for the island. Medical facilities were especially hard hit, many of them left wind-damaged, flooded and short-staffed. A majority of the island?s 69 hospitals were without electricity or fuel needed to run backup generators, according to a Defense Department assessment. The 890-foot (270-meter) Comfort, originally designed to treat US troops wounded in combat, has taken on a secondary mission during the past decade as a major asset for the Navy to deploy in response to natural disasters. Its last civilian relief assignment was in Haiti following a devastating earthquake there in January 2010. The Comfort also was dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and was sent on months-long goodwill humanitarian missions through Latin America and the Caribbean in 2007 and 2011. The ship, equipped with a large helipad, typically anchors offshore and takes aboard patients ferried to the vessel from land by helicopter or small boats. The Comfort will not be the only Navy ship sent to Puerto Rico. Two amphibious ships were previously deployed there - the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill.
  20. KARACHI: In a striking display of fire power, Pakistan Navy undertook live weapon firing in the Arabian Sea on Saturday, according to a statement by a Navy spokesperson. Pakistan Navy Helicopter Sea King launched air-to-surface anti-ship missile, which successfully hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming the weapon?s lethality and offensive punch of the Pakistan Navy fleet, the statement said. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the event and praised the combat readiness of the fleet. ?The successful firing by [Pakistan Navy] Helicopter Sea King is reflective of high state of readiness and professionalism of Pakistan Navy fleet,? he said, as he visited various fleet units at sea and witnessed ongoing exercises. Admiral Zakaullah also expressed his complete satisfaction at the combat readiness of Pakistan Navy fleet and commended the efforts put in by all involved. The Naval Chief further appreciated professionalism and high morale of the personnel, and reaffirmed the resolve of Pakistan Navy to ensure the country?s seaward defence and safeguard maritime interests at all costs.
  21. South Korea's navy held major live-fire drills Tuesday to warn the North against any provocations at sea, it said, two days after Pyongyang's biggest nuclear test to date. The drills, conducted in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), involved the 2,500-tonne frigate Gangwon, a 1,000-tonne patrol ship and 400-tonne guided-missile vessels, among others, the Navy said in a statement. "If the enemy launches a provocation above water or under water, we will immediately hit back to bury them at sea," Captain Choi Young-chan, commander of the 13th Maritime Battle Group, said in a statement. North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm with by far its most powerful atomic test to date, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted onto a long-range missile.global alarm with by far its most powerful atomic test to date, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted onto a long-range missile.onto a long-range missile. On Monday the South's military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North's nuclear test site. US President Donald Trump and South Korea's leader Moon Jae-In agreed during a phone call late Monday to remove limits on the payload of the South's missiles, fixed at 500 kilograms according to a 2001 bilateral agreement. Trump also said he was willing to approve the sale of "many billions of dollars' worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea", according to a statement released by the White House. Tensions have mounted on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range.
  22. US President Donald Trump announced Friday he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA. Bridenstine, 42, who backed Trump during the US presidential campaign, had long been considered the favorite for the job of NASA administrator. But the nomination drew fire from two US senators from Florida who questioned the Oklahoma representative's qualifications to lead such a complex and highly technical agency. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the committee that oversees NASA, told the news site Politico the agency's new leader should be "a space professional, not a politician." Marco Rubio, the state's other senator and a Republican, said the choice of Bridenstine "could be devastating for the space program." "I would hate to see an administrator held up -- on [grounds of] partisanship, political arguments, past votes, or statements made in the past -- because the agency can't afford it and it can't afford the controversy," he told Politico. Bridenstine, who was elected to Congress from Oklahoma in 2012, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. According to the trade publication SpaceNews, Bridenstine has been a big proponent of giving the private sector a larger role in space. The space agency is involved in all aspects of space exploration, as well as in Earth observation missions from space and in the development of new aerospace concepts. Since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011, the United States has had to rely on Russia to ferry their astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA is currently developing a heavy launcher and capsule capable of taking astronauts to Mars in 2030 and beyond. But it faces competition from billionaires like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, who runs SpaceX and Tesla. NASA's proposed 2018 budget comes to a little more than $19 billion. Bridenstine's experience is mainly in the military, as a pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as a member of the naval reserves has flown counter-drug missions in Central and South America. He served as executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He has degrees from Rice University and Cornell.
  23. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin WASHINGTON: The commander of the US Navy´s Seventh Fleet will be relieved of his duty following a deadly collision between a destroyer and a merchant vessel, the latest in a spate of similar accidents, a defense official said Tuesday. The decision to remove Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from the post in Japan comes as the Navy is undertaking a fleet-wide global investigation in the wake of the incident Monday involving the USS John S. McCain which left 10 sailors missing and five injured. It was the second fatal collision in two months -- coming after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan in June, leaving seven sailors dead -- and the fourth accident in the Pacific this year involving an American warship. The incidents have sparked concern that the US Navy could be overstretched in East Asia -- both ships belonged to the Seventh Fleet -- as it tackles China´s rising assertiveness and North Korea´s nuclear ambitions. The latest accident happened before dawn in busy shipping lanes around the Strait of Singapore, and sent water flooding into the vessel. A massive search involving planes and aircraft was launched and US Navy divers joined the hunt Tuesday, scouring the ship´s flooded compartments. Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore Rescue operation is under way for 10 sailors missing after a US destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore Divers have found remains of some of the sailors, Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday. The McCain had been heading for a routine stop in Singapore after carrying out a "freedom of navigation operation" in the disputed South China Sea earlier in August, sparking a furious response from Beijing. On Monday the Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders within a week to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days," for crews to sit down together for discussions. A "comprehensive review" of practices would also begin. The admiral did not rule out some kind of outside interference or a cyber-attack being behind the latest collision, but said he did not want to prejudge the inquiry. His broader remarks suggested a focus on "how we do business on the bridge."
  24. SINGAPORE: A US warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the US Navy said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement posted on the website of the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet. "In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters, and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," it said. The statement said MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60S Sea Hawks from USS America were also responding. COVER IMAGE: The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain approaches the aircraft carrier USS George Washington for a fueling at sea in this handout photo from December 5, 2010. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng S. Yang/Handout via REUTERS/Files
  25. We want to better our lives every day; we want to conquer our fears and channelise our strengths and achieve the impossible. But it rarely happens the way we fancy it would. Far from it. What goes wrong? Sometimes we lack the motivation, sometimes the skill, sometimes the plan. So many tips, so many formulas of success out there, so many success stories - it's too much to take in, too much to follow. Former US navy admiral William H. McRaven delivers a powerful speech about changing the world and we promise it's one of the most inspirational things you've ever heard in life. He starts with a simple tip about making your bed in the morning as your first little accomplishment of the day. © Youtube/Texas Exes Life in the navy is tough, but it prepares you for the most important lesson in life – to have the heart to never give up. At the end of the day, it's your will to survive and succeed that will take you through life. © Wikimedia Commons Watch the goosebump-inducing speech here and you'll never need another dose of inspiration again: Citing the example of the toughest routine in the Navy SEAL training, McRaven talks about the ‘mud day' during Hell Week, where cadets survive the freezing cold for 15 long hours. When half of them are about to give up, one person starts singing – an out-of-tune song but enough to boost the team's morale to stay for the remaining 8 hours till dawn. © Wikimedia Commons “So if you want to change the world, start each day with a task completed.” Watch the complete speech here: Work hard, be happy, meditate, play a sport, read, travel, get up early in the morning, eat healthy, exercise - be a superhuman, there's no end to what you can do. But life is not perfect, neither are we. You know what; you don't have to be perfect. All you need is the will to succeed and the heart to survive. Everything else will fall in place.