South Korea plans to deploy an anti-piracy unit – now operating off the coast of Africa – to the area around the Strait of Hormuz. This decision comes after the US called for help in guarding oil tankers.
Japan has decided to dispatch a warship and patrol planes to the Arabian Gulf, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, in spite of increased tensions in the Middle East.
Researchers discovered the wreck of the Imperial Japanese Navy carrier ‘IJN Kaga’ which sank at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The wreck is located in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the Midway Atoll.
A Former Royal Marines Reservist tested his jet-powered body suit over the water for the first time, joining the Royal Marines “as a real-life Ironman”. Being also an inventor of the jet-powered suit, he headed with fast patrol boat HMS Dasher and a couple of boats on the sidelines of Fleet Air Arm’s annual show.
After more than 33 years of service, the ‘HMAS Success (II)’, the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy, was decommissioned at Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney on Saturday, 29 June 2019. The ship arrived at Fleet Base East one on 16 June for the last time.
Norway informed that it has decided against repairing the frigate ‘Helge Instad’, which collided with a Tsakos tanker in 2018. Norway decided not to repair the frigate as the cost would be more than NOK 12 billion ($1.37 billion), which is three times more the original cost.
The Japanese warship ‘JS Kunisaki’ collided into Brisbane’s Portside Wharf while trying to dock, Tuesday, 17 June. There were no injuries of crew onboard or spectators but the vessel was left visibly damaged. The causes of the incident are yet to be determined.
Despite the fact that the frigate Helge Ingstad was raised and set afloat after four months underwater, it still has a long way to go and needs massive investments. In fact, the cost of repairing the frigate will be more than NOK 12 billion ($1.37 billion), which is three times more the original cost.
China will present its new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers during a parade next week, as it marks 70 years since its navy’s founding, according to a senior commander. This is considered by many as an indication that China flexes its well-equipped military capabilities. In addition, about a dozen foreign navies will take part in the parade from Russia, Singapore, India, Thailand and Vietnam.
Six weeks after being raised, the wrecked frigate Helge Ingstad has been patched with steel plates and allowed to float on her own hull. Norwegian police reported that it has named three suspects over the collision of the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad’ with the the Maltese-flagged oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, in November 2018.
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