Connect to share and comment

S. Korean Navy to attend international mine removal exercise

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will participate in a multinational mine removal exercise that's designed to protect commerce and maritime infrastructure in the Western Pacific region with 13 other nations in New Zealand, the Navy said Monday. The International Mine Counter Measures Exercise, the largest of its kind in the region, practices a wide spectrum of defense operations aimed at protecting international commerce and trade, including mine countermeasures and maritime security operations.

S.Korea to increase Aegis destroyers to six by 2027

S.Korea to increase Aegis destroyers to six by 2027 SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff( JCS) decided Tuesday to increase the number of its 7,600-ton Aegis destroyers from the current three to six by 2027 to strengthen its maritime combat capabilities against possible provocation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Japan mulling boosting Aegis destroyer fleet

Japan is considering boosting its fleet of Aegis-equipped destroyers from six to eight to counter threats from North Korean missile development and tensions with China over territory, a daily said Tuesday. The government has started making arrangements to build two new Aegis vessels equipped with advanced interceptor missiles, the daily Yomiuri Shimbun said, quoted anonymous sources. Tokyo hopes to include the plan in a new basic defence programme to be adopted at the year-end, the paper said, adding the new destroyers could be deployed within 10 years.

South Korea pushes to build three more Aegis destroyers

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy has made a request to build three more Aegis destroyers to bolster defense against its Asian neighbors and North Korea amid increasing military tension due to territorial disputes, a military source said Wednesday. South Korea currently operates three 7,600-ton Aegis warships, but the Navy has sought to increase its fleet to cope with rising regional tension in light of Pyongyang's third nuclear test conducted earlier this year and ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan.

High court acquits MSDF officers over fatal fishing boat collision

The Tokyo High Court upheld Tuesday a lower court acquittal of two Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors over a 2008 collision between an Aegis destroyer and a fishing boat that killed two fishermen in waters just outside Tokyo Bay. The high court turned down an appeal from prosecutors against the 2011 decision by the Yokohama District Court that acquitted Keitaro Ushirogata, 41, and Tomohisa Nagaiwa, 39, who were both lieutenant commanders and were serving as duty officers when the collision occurred in the early hours of Feb. 19, 2008.

Sri Lanka says minefields cleared for re-settlement

Sri Lankan troops have completed clearing mines from all areas needed for re-settlement and farming in the island's former war zone, the military said Thursday, nearly four years after crushing Tamil rebels. The military said it had removed nearly a million unexploded ordnances, including anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines and improvised explosive devices, from the northern and eastern regions where the rebels fought for independence.

US-led navies press Gulf manoeuvres amid Iran tensions

Divers leap from a helicopter into the Gulf's choppy waters to destroy a mine, while a US marine fires at a floating target, as forces from 41 countries gathered for naval manoeuvres facing Iran's shores. The mine-sweeping exercise is being held close to the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic mouth of the Gulf that Iran has repeatedly threatened to block if attacked over its disputed nuclear programme. The US Navy's 5th fleet invited a group of journalists to attend part of the 25-day exercises which conclude on May 30.

Naval forces in Gulf for massive anti-mine excercise

Naval forces from more than 41 countries gathered in Bahrain -- across the Gulf from Iran -- on Monday to prepare for a massive minesweeping exercise, the US Fifth Fleet said. The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) "is the largest exercise of its kind in the region and will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade; mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and maritime infrastructure protection," it said in a statement.

Afghan de-mining threatened by international pullout

Since Haji Abdul Samad lost his leg in a minefield more than 20 years ago, he has unearthed at least 1,000 explosives and become one of Afghanistan's most experienced de-miners. "After my accident, I told myself that I had to do work to save lives. I had to clean the rivers, hills, villages," Samad, who was fighting against the Soviets when he stepped on a mine in 1989, told AFP. "But I'm not afraid of mines," he added, at a site being cleared outside the capital Kabul, ahead of the UN International Day for Mine Awareness on Thursday.

822 UXOs, 15 antitank and 3 anti-personal mines disarmed in Azerbaijan last month

Rashad Suleymanov; 2 171 083 sq m area was inspected and cleared from mines and unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Azerbaijan in March, 2013, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) told APA.822 UXOs, 15 antitank and 3 anti-personal mines were found and disarmed during the operations. One Mine/UXO incident was recorded last year. 484 specialists and 118 assistants, 6 mine clearing vehicles and 36 mine dogs were involved in the operations in March.220 458 894 sq m area has been cleared of mines and UXOs by ANAMA up to now. 679 435 mines and UXOs have been disarmed.
Syndicate content