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Russia says to send flagship aircraft carrier to Syria coast

Moscow - Russia's defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria.

US sees 'disturbing trend' as Iran threatens planes

Washington - The United States warned of "disturbing trends" in Iran's behavior Tuesday after Tehran's military threatened to down two US Navy planes over the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran dismisses US claims of navy harassment in Gulf

Tehran - A senior Iranian military commander on Sunday dismissed claims from Washington that US patrol ships have been harassed by Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf, saying Tehran acted according to international law.

Iranian navy in 'unsafe' intercept of US destroyer: defense official

Washington - Four Iranian military vessels sped close to two US Navy guided missile destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter between the longtime foes, American defense officials said.

Historic Russian ship returns to mooring after refit

Sanktpeterburg - Russian cruiser Aurora, whose salvo against the Winter Palace sounded the start of the 1917 revolution, returned to its mooring in Saint Petersburg Saturday after a year-and-a-half of restoration work.

US, Chinese naval commanders to meet amid tensions

Washington - The commanders of the US and Chinese navies will meet amid mounting tensions over China's claims to much of the South China Sea, the US Navy said Thursday.

Russian ship conducts 'aggressive' moves near U.S. cruiser

New York - A Russian warship sailed uncomfortably close to a US navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean this week, conducting maneuvers that US army officials denounced as "aggressive" and "erratic.

US Navy probe highlights leadership failings in Iran capture

Washington - A string of leadership and procedural failings -- coupled with basic navigational and communication errors -- lead to Iran's humiliating capture of 10 American sailors in January, a US Navy probe released Thursday found.

Russia, US trade accusations in maritime encounter

Washington - Washington and Moscow on Tuesday accused each other of conducting dangerous maritime maneuvers after two warships sailed closely past each other in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.

Russia unveils new navy icebreaker in Arctic military focus

Sanktpeterburg - Russia on Friday floated a new icebreaker for its navy, the first in about 45 years, in a further sign of Moscow's growing military focus on the Arctic.

U.S. Navy chief hopes for 'normalization' with Russia in Baltic

Washington - Admiral John Richardson, the US Navy's top officer, said Monday he hopes for a "normalization" of relations with Moscow in the Baltic Sea, where Russian jets have buzzed US planes and ships.

Sailors rush for tattoos as U.S. Navy bends rules to recruit

Washington - An indelible blue drawing of an ornate birdcage, festooned with roses and petals, wraps its way around Navy Corpsman Jessica Bryant's forearm.

U.S. could have shot down Russian jet that buzzed destroyer: Kerry

Washington - A Russian military jet that flew just feet from a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea could have been shot down under US rules of engagement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Russia denies reckless behaviour in US warship flyby

Moscow - Russia denied Thursday its fighter jets were engaged in reckless or provocative behaviour when they flew just metres from a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea, exacerbating tensions between the rival powers.

Russian jets in repeated 'aggressive' passes of US warship

Washington - A Russian military jet came within a few feet of a US destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea during a series of "aggressive" overflights, US officials said Wednesday.

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: Report

Moscow - Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

Despite tensions, Russia's 'Syria Express' sails by Istanbul

Istanbul - It's an occasional but regular sighting in Istanbul. Out of the mist on the Bosphorus that divides Europe and Asia looms the hulk of a Russian warship purposefully making its way to the Mediterranean.

German navy 'rescued over 10,000 migrants' in 2015

Berlin - Germany's navy said Saturday it rescued over 10,000 migrants at sea this year, including more than 500 people off the coast of Libya on Christmas day.

Putin tells navy in Mediterranean to work with French 'as allies'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Russian navy in the Mediterranean to establish contact with its French counterparts and work together "as allies" in a campaign against the Islamic State group in SyriaPutin instructed his military to wor...

Counterfeit semiconductor trafficker sentenced

Peter Picone, a confessed counterfeit semiconductor trafficker, has been sentenced by a U.S. court for sending counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut.

Op-Ed: Pentagon intelligence official indicted in covert weapons deal

In the pantheon of shady deals, things just don't get much shadier than this. Senior Navy intelligence official David W. Landersman has been indicted on charges of alleged theft and conspiracy.

Germany to expand anti-human trafficking operations in Med

Berlin - Germany plans to expand its naval operations against human traffickers as part of an EU mission in the Mediterranean, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet decided Wednesday.

U.S. navy agrees to limit sonar, explosives near marine mammals

Los Angeles - In a court settlement described as "historic" by conservation groups, the US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar equipment and explosives that harm whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.

U.S. trains in Black Sea with Ukraine's depleted navy

Washington - The United States is co-hosting drills in the Black Sea with what is left of Ukraine's devastated navy, which lost about two thirds of its sailors and ships after Russia seized Crimea last year.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Deploying graphene in warships aids performance

Washington - The U.S. Navy is looking into graphene to see how the carbon-based material can help drive an improved performance in terms of power.

NATO navies should beef up against Russia: Commanders

London - NATO should beef up its maritime arm in response to the rising threat from an increasingly "bold" and "aggressive" Russia, commanders said on Wednesday.

Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses

Odessa - A clutch of rusty old naval boats bob about mournfully in the Black Sea off the harbour of Ukraine's southern city Odessa near an ageing missile boat.

Bangladesh detains ship with 116 Malaysia-bound migrants

Dhaka - Bangladesh discovered 116 nationals, some sick from a lack of food, adrift in a fishing trawler in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday after being abandoned by smugglers en route to Malaysia, officials said.

Italy navy chief sceptical of Australia solution to migrant crisis

Naples - An Italian navy chief on Tuesday poured cold water on suggestions Europe should adopt Australia's policy of turning back migrant boats to end the current crisis in the Mediterranean.
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