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Taiwan warns of growing threats from China

Taipei - Taiwan's defence minister warned Tuesday that threats from China were growing daily after Beijing's aircraft carrier and a flotilla of other warships passed south of the island in an exercise as tensions grow.

China's aircraft carrier passes south of Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwan said Monday it was closely monitoring the movements of China's sole aircraft carrier and five other warships, which earlier passed south of the island on an exercise held amid worsening cross-strait relations.

Russian aircraft carrier jets conduct first Syria strikes: military

Moscow - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier deployed in the eastern Mediterranean had launched their first strikes on Syria.

US destroyer sails close to contested islands in S. China Sea: Pentagon

Washington - A US destroyer sailed close to a cluster of islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea on Friday, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway.

Russia to upgrade Syria naval facility to permanent base

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry said Monday that the country was poised to transform its naval facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent base.

Russia sends two warships back to Med as Syria tensions rise

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday said two of its warships were heading back to join its forces in the Mediterranean amid an upsurge in tensions with Washington over Syria.

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.
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Located just off of the Mobile Bay  in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
Located just off of the Mobile Bay, in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier, returns to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk
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The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto
The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto
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A young Candidate Officer shows off his skills with his naval sword.
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The T-33 Mako Shark demonstration at the 2012 EX.
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Located just off of the Mobile Bay, in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
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Warrant Officer Willie van Zyl on the saxophone.
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President Obama watching the Navy vs. Army football game
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Located just off of the Mobile Bay  in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
Located just off of the Mobile Bay, in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
Located just off of the Mobile Bay  in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
Located just off of the Mobile Bay, in Mobile Alabama is the USS Alabama Battleship Park.
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