Archive for October, 2007
U.S. sailors boarded a North Korean-flagged vessel to help crew members wounded in a battle with pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said Wednesday. American ships were also tracking a hijacked Japanese tanker in Somali waters after sinking two pirate skiffs tied to it.
With permission from the North Koreans, the Navy boarded the ship with a small team of medics, security personnel and an interpreter, the military said. The Koreans already had regained control of the vessel and detained all pirates.
The Navy medics treated three pirates and three Korean sailors for gunshot wounds. Another pirate was dead. The Korean sailors were taken aboard the American destroyer and treated there for two hours before returning to their ship. The pirates remain detained on the Korean vessel.
US warships are monitoring a Japanese tanker which was hijacked by pirates last weekend off the coast of Somalia, a piracy watchdog said Wednesday.
“The pirates are still in control of the ship. They are believed to be armed,” Noel Choong, the head of the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB’s) Malaysia-based Piracy Reporting Centre, told AFP.
The vessel with 23 Korean, Filipino and Myanmar crew sent out a distress call that was relayed to the IMB last Sunday after pirates boarded the ship.
Choong said US warships in the area were observing the tanker which was in Somali territorial waters.
The Royal Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear submarine, ASTUTE, is taking her first dive for an underwater test of her systems.
The ‘Trim and Basin Dive’ is taking place in Devonshire Dock, Barrow, over two days, and involves submerging ASTUTE in a dive hole large enough for the 100M-long, 7400 tonne boat. The dive is the first time that the submarine has been fully submerged, and provides the opportunity to test the submarine’s underwater stability and systems.
25 of her crew are on board alongside BAE Systems technicians to carry out the tests. Tests include trials of various boat systems and equipment including the mechanism that releases an emergency buoy, the emergency escape tower, and various hydraulics and electrical systems.
The Nigeria Navy must tackle hostage takers and oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta region for the nation to achieve socio-economic development, says defence minister, Yayale Mahmud Ahmed.
The minister made the statement yesterday during the opening ceremony of the second Chief of Naval Staff Annual Training Conference, (CONSTRC) in Sokoto.
“The Nigeria Navy is constitutionally charged with maintaining security in the region (Niger Delta) as it positions itself well to carry out this function.
effectively by curbing incidences of hostage taking, sea piracy and illegal bunkering in the nation,” he said.
Nigerian rebels killed a naval officer and wounded at least six others in dawn raid on a navy ship in the oil producing Niger Delta, security sources said on Wednesday.
The raid on NNS Obula on the Pennington River came just hours after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) freed six foreign workers it seized on Oct. 26 from an offshore oil facility operated by Saipem, a unit of Italy’s Eni, and SBM Offshore.
The navy gunboat was assigned to guard the EA offshore oilfield operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the state of Bayelsa, but was not at the field when the attack occurred, security sources said.
Nearly 7,500 sailors will leave their East Coast homeports Monday when the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s strike group deploys.
The Navy announced the regularly scheduled deployment “in support of maritime security operations” on Wednesday.
The Truman, the guided missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin and USS Winston S. Churchill, the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto and the submarine USS Montpelier will leave from Norfolk.
The guided missile cruiser USS Hue City and guided missile destroyer USS Carney will head out from Mayport, Florida, and the fast combat support ship USNS Artic will depart from Earle Naval Weapons Station in New Jersey.
A Navy fighter jet has managed to drop a dummy bomb onto a warehouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia. No one was hurt.
A Navy spokesman says the 10-pound practice bomb scraped a warehouse’s concrete exterior wall, causing “extremely minimal damage.”
The F/A-18C Hornet was returning to Oceana Naval Air Station after a training mission at a Navy bombing range in North Carolina. The Navy says it dropped the bomb as it was landing. The jet was undamaged and landed safely.
JAPAN’S two largest parties failed to agree on continuing a naval mission in the Indian Ocean, dealing a setback to the Government which has pledged to support the US-led “war on terror”.
With legislation allowing support for the “anti-terror” mission expiring Thursday, Japan’s refueling on Monday of a Pakistani destroyer was likely to be the country’s last contribution to the military effort for the time being.
The suspension comes amid growing opposition to the “war on terror” across countries which are part of the coalition, which is battling a deadly insurgency by remnants of the extremist Taliban regime ousted in 2001.
The United States said it had confirmed that a man convicted over the al Qaeda bombing of the US Navy ship Cole in 2000 was still in prison in Yemen despite reports of his release.
US officials were troubled by reports last week that Jamal Badawi had been released from prison, saying he should remain in jail and putting on hold plans to give the country a $20.6 million grant.
“We were able to physically confirm today the presence of Jamal Badawi at a prison in Aden,” said US State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos. Earlier, the State Department said it did not know where Badawi was.
Badawi, whose death sentence had been commuted to 15 years in prison over the attack that killed 17 US sailors in the southern port of Aden, is one of 23 inmates who escaped from a jail in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2006.
Indigenous warship technology for evading detection by enemy ships and submarines will be handed over to the Indian Navy in Vishakapatnam on Wednesday.
A. Sivathanu Pillai, chief controller (R&D) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will hand over the products to Vice-Admiral D.S.P. Varma, chief of materials at the Naval Headquarters.
The Vishakapatnam-based Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) has developed the technologies.
‘These technologies are aimed for use in modern warships under design and construction. NSTL has nurtured these technologies in the recent past and is progressing strongly towards self-reliance in this critical arena,’ a defence ministry release said Tuesday.
The crew of a ship hijacked from Somalia overpowered their attackers Tuesday and regained control of the vessel, officials said.
About two dozen crew members of the North Korea-flagged vessel were able to fight off the eight gunmen who had seized the vessel late Monday, and the crew was piloting the ship back to the war-battered city’s port in Mogadishu, said Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator of the Seafarers Assistance Program, which independently monitors piracy in the region.
He said first reports that the vessel was from South Korea were incorrect, and that the crew numbered about 22, instead of nearly twice that number as earlier reported.
The availability of real time maritime intelligence from South and South East Asian countries has been a key factor in the Sri Lankan navy’s recent stunning successes against the intrepid and innovative naval wing of the LTTE.
“Both ASEAN and SAARC are now highly sensitive to maritime terrorism seeing it as a common threat, and intelligence is shared,” an informed source told Hindustan Times explaining the Sri Lankan Navy’s successful hits against the LTTE’s Sea Tigers in the past year.
The Sri Lankan naval spokesman, Commodore DKP Dassanayake, had said that in the past 13 months, the Navy has destroyed 8 large LTTE vessels, 11 multi-day trawlers and six to seven small boats off the North, North Western and Southern coasts of the island.