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US puzzled by Iran's mock-up of an aircraft carrier

Iran is building a crude mock-up of an American aircraft carrier at a ship yard on its Gulf coast and US officials said Friday the goal of the project remains a mystery. Iran has made no attempt to hide its "curious" construction effort near Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, as commercial satellite imagery has shown a vessel gradually taking shape, resembling the outlines of a Nimitz-class carrier, three administration officials said.

More coast guard ships to help clear icy Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway

The Canadian Coast Guard says it is sending more icebreakers to help clear shipping channels in the frozen Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. "What we have committed to do given the extreme conditions is to bring two more assets (icebreakers), as well as a hovercraft, to facilitate the opening of the seaway," Mario Pelletier, the coast guard's assistant commissioner, said from Ottawa Wednesday.

U.S. warship Truxtun starts one-day exercise in Black Sea

ABOARD THE USS TRUXTUN, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer has started a one-day military exercise with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies in the Black Sea on Wednesday, a U.S. Naval Forces official told Reuters on Wednesday. Ukraine's Crimea peninsula juts into the north of the Black Sea. The U.S. military has described it as a "routine" deployment scheduled well before the crisis in Ukraine.

Greenpeace sues Russia over Arctic Sunrise detention

Greenpeace is suing Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for detaining its members during a protest last year against Arctic drilling, the environmental lobby group said on Monday. Russian security forces in September detained 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists and seized their Arctic Sunrise ship over the protest at an offshore oil rig owned by state energy giant Gazprom. The 30, including four Russians, were detained for around two months before being bailed and then benefitting from a Kremlin-backed amnesty.

Bulk carrier runs aground off Newfoundland, all 23 people rescued

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. - An investigation is underway after a cargo ship lost power off the southwest coast of Newfoundland and ran aground Saturday. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax said the 180-metre bulk carrier MV John 1 ran aground Saturday afternoon about 1.5 kilometres from Rose Blanche, but all 23 people onboard were rescued safely. The Canadian Coast Guard said the vessel was en route to Montreal from Spain when its engine failed and it lost power Friday morning.

US Navy destroyer to conduct more Black Sea drills

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer will remain in the Black Sea to conduct more exercises with allied ships, its commander said on Saturday, the eve of a breakaway vote in Crimea. The USS Truxtun this week conducted joint exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces just a few hundred kilometres (miles) away from the disputed Crimea peninsula. "I cannot comment on our future operations but we will take the opportunity to do some routine exercises with our allies in the region," said Commander Andrew Biehn.

U.S. destroyer to conduct more drills in Black Sea amid Crimea crisis

ABOARD THE USS TRUXTUN, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, its commander said on Saturday, the latest Western response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Commander Andrew Biehn was briefing reporters aboard the 300-crew destroyer as it lay docked in the Bulgarian port of Varna.

U.S. destroyer to conduct more drills in Black Sea amid Crimea crisis

ABOARD THE USS TRUXTUN, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, its commander said on Saturday, the latest Western response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Commander Andrew Biehn was briefing reporters aboard the 300-crew destroyer as it lay docked in the Bulgarian port of Varna.

Bus loads of demonstrators rally against ferry service cuts at B.C. legislature

VICTORIA - Hundreds of placard-carrying coastal British Columbians gathered at the front of the legislature Tuesday to protest impending cuts to the ferry service that provides their primary transportation link to the mainland. The protesters waved signs that read Why do you, B.C. government, hate us? Another read, B.C. government and BC Ferries suck the life out of coastal communities. Coastal Ferries Act — A Titanic Mistake, read another homemade sign.

One worker killed in Indian nuclear submarine accident

One Indian worker was killed in an accident during construction of a nuclear submarine, a defence statement said Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly mishaps to hit the navy. Two other workers were injured in the incident late Saturday afternoon at a ship building centre in the southeast coastal city of Visakhapatnam, the Defence Research and Development Organisation statement said.
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