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China Torqued by US Warship in South China Sea

'Serious political and military provocation,' China says of USS Stethem presence

(Newser) - The US is "deliberately [stirring] up troubles" in the South China Sea, a rep from China's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Sunday in a statement , referring to an incident it's calling a "serious political and military provocation." Per the BBC , that alleged provocation was the USS... More »

Navy Can't Afford Bullets for New Warship's Guns

They top $800K per round

(Newser) - The USS Zumwalt was designed two decades ago, and three Zumwalt-class destroyers have been in the works for years. So how the US Navy missed the fact that it wouldn't be able to afford the ammunition for the Zumwalt's $22.5 billion, 155-millimeter Advanced Gun Systems, specifically designed... More »

This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During... More »

NC Man: Civil War Photo a Hoax We Set Up as Teens

John Potter says there never was an original photo of the CSS Georgia warship

(Newser) - For years historians have been trying to locate the original version of a copied photo of the CSS Georgia, a Confederate warship sunk off the coast of Georgia in 1865 by Confederate soldiers determined to keep it out of Union hands, the AP reports. Now a North Carolina man has... More »

US Sends Warships to Japan as Tensions Rise

Chuck Hagel gives warning to China on 10-day Asia trip

(Newser) - Visiting Japan today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US is sending two more ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter a possible North Korean attack, the AP reports. But he saved his sharpest remarks for China, linking Russia's takeover of Crimea with China's aggressive behavior in a... More »

Iran Says Warships Going to US Maritime Border

'This move has a message,' Iranian official says

(Newser) - Iran says it has launched warships with orders to approach US maritime borders in the Atlantic ocean, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. "This move has a message," an Iranian admiral was quoted as saying. That message: stand up against the US and its allies for stationing... More »

In First, Iranian Ships Sail for Atlantic

Move comes amidst annoyance at Syrian talks snub

(Newser) - An Iranian destroyer and helicopter carrier today set out for the Atlantic Ocean, in the country's first attempt to extend its naval power there, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, according to the AP . The ships will be both securing trade routes and training naval cadets during their three-month... More »

Japan Debuts Biggest Warship Since WWII Era

Izumo weighs in at 19.5K tons

(Newser) - Japan has unveiled its largest warship since World War II—and China sees the move as the naval equivalent of Japan thumping its chest. The $1.23 billion Izumo is a 19,500-ton vessel equipped with what Time calls "a conspicuously large flight deck" capable of carrying 14 helicopters;... More »

US Moves Warships to Track N. Korea Rocket Launch

Will be poised for missile defense

(Newser) - North Korea is planning a rocket launch in the next few weeks, and the US is getting ready: Washington is shifting warships to the best spots to keep an eye on the launch, and perhaps defend against it, Reuters reports. The US is monitoring the run-up to the launch "... More »

US Ends 26-Year Ban on New Zealand Warships

Panetta pledges closer ties with Kiwis

(Newser) - Leon Panetta has patched up a Reagan-era rift between the US and New Zealand. The defense secretary announced that the US is lifting a ban on Kiwi warships in its ports that has been in place since 1986, reports the BBC . The ban was introduced after New Zealand declared itself... More »

Russian Warships Head to Syria

Sent to protect local Russian nationals: insider

(Newser) - Russia is planning to send a pair of warships to Syria "outside of their schedule," according to Russian news; their reported aim is to protect Russian nationals. The ships will journey to the port city of Tartus, home to a Russian naval base, the AFP reports. On board... More »

2 Navy Ships Collide Off California

No injuries reported after Essex slams into oiler

(Newser) - Two Navy ships were damaged in a collision in the Pacific Ocean 120 miles off the coast of California—but there were no injuries or fuel spills, according to military officials. The amphibious assault vehicle USS Essex hit the USNS Yukon oiler as it was approaching the Yukon to be... More »

China Looks to Wrench Pacific Reign From US

Military buildup challenging America's long dominance

(Newser) - China is engaged in a major military buildup aimed at ending the total domination of the western Pacific that the US has enjoyed since the end of World War II, the Wall Street Journal finds. Pentagon officials, who publicly decline to describe China as a threat, say the number of... More »

Iran Sending Warships Through Suez Canal

Israel views first passage since '79 as provocation

(Newser) - Iran is sending warships through the Suez Canal for the first time since its Islamic revolution in 1979. Passage for the two ships, which are believed to be bound for a training session in Syria, was approved by the Egyptian military, USA Today reports. Sources in Egypt say the ships... More »

Thawing Relations: South Korea Sending Aid to North

5,000 tons of rice, cement to be shipped

(Newser) - South Korea will send $8.5 million in aid to flood-ravaged North Korea in a sign of warming relations, NPR reports. The 5,000-ton shipment of rice and cement represents the South’s first major aid shipment to its neighbor after an alleged torpedo attack from the North in March... More »

US May Deploy Aircraft Carrier to Korean Waters

Pentagon mulls sending USS George Washington

(Newser) - The US is considering deploying one of the world's biggest warships to the waters off the Korean peninsula where the sinking of a South Korean warship has raised tensions with the North. The nuclear-powered USS George Washington would be deployed separately from upcoming joint US-South Korean exercises, defense officials say.... More »

S. Korea Vows Retaliation for Ship Sinking by North

Any action will trigger war: North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea vowed to take "firm action" after a multinational inquiry concluded that a North Korean submarine was responsible for sinking one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors. Evidence overwhelmingly proves that North Korea is responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan, casuing the military's largest loss... More »

US Scavengers Spot Legendary Warship

Tons of gold coins could be on board sunken British warship

(Newser) - A US company has found a prized, 18th century British warship that may be worth millions, the BBC reports. Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration says it has spotted the HMS Victory, a man-o-war that sank in the English Channel in 1744 and has been sought by scavengers ever since. "Very... More »

Russian Warships Dock at Havana Bay

(Newser) - Russian warships arrived in Havana yesterday for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the London Times reports. The visit comes at the end of a 3-month South American tour that Russia expected would raise hackles in the US. “I guess they’re on R&R,... More »

Danish Navy Rescues Drifting Probable Pirates

Somalis had weapons on board; men handed to Yemeni coast guard

(Newser) - Danish sailors sent to the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy found themselves instead rescuing a group of hungry Somali men in a broken speedboat filled with grenades and AK-47s. The navy ship, which had been patrolling the area as part of an international anti-piracy effort, confiscated the weapons and... More »

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