• Northern Fleet stages largest naval exercise in a decade

    Russia’s Northern Fleet has begun large-scale drills in which it will exercise its complete range of maritime, shore, and undersea capabilities throughout its area of responsibility, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 13 June. The drills – the fleet’s largest Arctic

  • UK prepares to deploy Chinooks to eastern Mali

    A 100-strong UK military construction team is deploying to Mali to prepare for the arrival of three Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) released on 13 June photographs of the personnel disembarking from a RAF C-17 transport aircraft at an airbase

  • Russia carries out military expedition across Arctic Novaya Zemlya islands

    Russia is carrying out a military expedition across the Arctic Novaya Zemlya islands, according to official media. The 20-day expedition was launched at the beginning of June. Novaya Zemlya is the size of Portugal, comprising two large islands separated by a narrow channel. The party, consisting of

  • UK commando pilots look to air-to-air refuelling capability

    UK commando pilots are moving to stand up an air-to-air refuelling capability to allow them to rescue downed aircrew and other personnel isolated far behind enemy lines. A refuelling probe was seen installed on a Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) AgustaWestland Merlin HC4 amphibious assault

  • Update: US Marine Corps Class A aviation mishaps double over 10 years

    Key Points The most serious USMC aviation mishaps have doubled over the past 10 years These provide enormous costs to the marines with loss of lives and reduced readiness US Marine Corps (USMC) Class A aviation mishaps, the most serious classification that includes death or total permanent

  • Update: Yemeni rebels claim to have hit naval vessel

    Key Points Yemeni rebels say they hit a naval vessel with two missiles, put provided no supporting evidence The UAE-backed offensive towards Al-Hudaydah continued regardless The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) claimed on 13 June that it repelled an amphibious landing by the Saudi-led

  • Seoul, Pyongyang agree to restore military communication lines

    North and South Korea agreed on 14 June to completely restore their military communication lines during their first general-grade military talks in more than a decade, the Yonhap news agency has reported, citing a joint statement. The meeting, which came just two days after US President Donald

  • First SFAB offers ‘90% solution’ to US Army’s train, advise, and assist mission

    The US Army’s inaugural security force assistance brigade (SFAB), based at Fort Benning, Georgia, and currently deployed to Afghanistan, has experienced successes in performing its “train, advise, and assist” mission, according to its commander, Colonel Scott Jackson. The

  • New bilateral accord on Macedonia’s name opens its door to NATO membership

    Both NATO and the European Union hailed the new accord by Athens and Skopje for a permanent name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to be called Republic of North Macedonia. Agreed late on 12 June by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, it now

  • EU proposes ‘peace facility’ to transform its expeditionary missions and policies

    Key Points The proposed EPF will finance operations abroad and military aid to failed or weak states The EPF’s EUR10.5 billion budget for 2021-27 will be funded directly by EU member states The EU on 13 June proposed its new European Peace Facility (EPF) to finance its Common Foreign and

  • US Navy looks to harness data to reform contracting

    The US Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has started a reform programme to streamline business processes and contracting through improved data analytics. NAVSUP noted on 12 June that it had stood up a Project Management Office to co-ordinate enterprise actions, which are organised around a

  • New US, Japanese joint amphibious force completes training

    US marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members recently completed training with the newly formed JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) in Sasebo, US Navy (USN) officials

  • US budget director objects to House appropriations funding for JSTARS recap

    The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director is objecting to the House Appropriations defence subcommittee (HAC-D) providing fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) funding for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS)

  • Maldives tells India to withdraw helicopters

    The Maldives has asked India to withdraw by the end of June the two military helicopters it was gifted by New Delhi in 2012-13 for coastal surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, and search-and-rescue missions. Official Indian sources told Jane’s on 13 June that the Maldives has refused to

  • Trump summit offer to forego exercises causes concern

    US lawmakers and analysts have expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s concession to suspend military exercises on or around the Korea Peninsula, which was made during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The exercises are annual training and alliance-building events. One

  • Update: North Korea commits to working towards ‘complete denuclearisation’

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to “working towards [the] complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in a joint statement signed with US President Donald Trump during a landmark summit between the two heads of state held on 12 June on Singapore’s

  • China moves closer to commissioning DF-41 ICBM after latest test launch

    China conducted the 10th test flight of its DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 27 May, according to a 5 June report by The Washington Free Beacon website. Citing unnamed US defence officials the report states that the missile was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in

  • USMC to receive two Clipper liaison aircraft

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to acquire a pair of Boeing C-40A Clipper liaison aircraft, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 12 June. The two 737-700C airliners will be delivered in a ‘combi-convertible’ configuration that allows the aircraft to be configured for

  • British government urged for clarity over post-Brexit engagement with EU

    The United Kingdom’s House of Commons Defence Committee has called on the British government to provide further clarity on the role of defence in both the lead up to and aftermath of the nation leaving the European Union in 2019. The committee has proposed 16 questions to the government,

  • Update: Afghan Taliban announce three-day ceasefire

    The Taliban militant group has agreed to a three-day ceasefire with government forces in Afghanistan that coincides with the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, but does not extend to foreign troops operating in the country. “All the mujahideen are directed to stop

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