Beijing issued a statement saying Japanese spy vehicles posed a threat to Chinese ships and planes. The comments come just days after Tokyo said it has been increasingly forced to scramble fighter jets in response to Russian and Chinese incursions.
Drone technology is getting ever more deadly. The US Navy has released a video detailing LOCUST – the new tool allowing multiple drones to coordinate and swarm the enemy autonomously. It’s designed to protect large US vessels nearby.
The Russian Navy has said that it isn’t planning any exercises near the UK shores, denying media reports which have alarmed the British military. The Russian ships are only passing through the English Channel on their way to the North Atlantic, it added.
The US government has allocated funds to study the possibility of using old aircraft carriers to build a bridge across the Puget Sound in Washington state. Engineers have criticized the idea as impractical, while the US Navy is not amused.
The unknown foreign vessel the Swedish Navy searched for near Stockholm last autumn was actually a “workboat,” a senior navy official says. Local media had alleged a hunt was on to try and find a Russian submarine, which was believed to be in the area.
The Russian Navy vessel Priazovye has helped to evacuate 308 people from war-torn Yemen. The Russian Defense Ministry stated citizens from 19 countries had been rescued, including Russian, Ukrainian, US and Yemini nationals.
A British chopper pilot who now lives in Australia has traveled 35,000 km to track down every aircraft out of the 31 he had flown as part of Royal Navy. While some choppers eventually made it to museums, one was turned into camping accommodation.
The US task force in charge of the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay will soon have a new commander. The Pentagon announced on Friday that Rear Admiral Fernandez L. “Frank” Ponds will take over command of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO).
Tensions over the Falklands/Malvinas were ratcheted up last night when Argentina and Britain summoned each other’s ambassadors. Argentina said it would sue UK oil firms, while Britain is boosting its defenses on the contested islands.