US Navy again accuses IRGCN of ‘unsafe' operations in the Strait of Hormuz
11 May 2021
by Michael Fabey
A number of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) conducted unsafe and unprofessional manoeuvres on 10 May and failed to exercise due regard for the safety of US forces, as required under international law, while operating in close proximity to US naval vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the US Navy (USN) said on a statement released later that day.
A group of 13 IRGCN FIAC made a high-speed approach on the US guided-missile cruiser USS
(CG 61), the patrol coastal ships USS
(PC 12), USS
A CH-53K King Stallion (foreground) and a CH-53E Super Stallion (background) are staged during a redesignation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, on 24 January. The squadron received its first CH-53K King Stallion, and the ceremony signified the beginning of the US Marine Corps' modernisation from the legacy CH-53E to the CH-53K in support of the expeditionary warfare vision for future-force employment. (US Marines)
The US Marine Corps (USMC) has stood up its first operational unit for the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service announced on 15 January.
Two of the F-16s that Denmark is contributing to NATO's enhanced air policing mission. (NATO Allied Air Command)
NATO has bolstered its enhanced air policing (eAP) mission, with nations providing additional aircraft as concerns over Russian military action in Ukraine grow.
The alliance announced on 26 January that US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles and Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons were being dispatched to Estonia and Lithuania respectively to supplement the current Baltic Air Policing mission.
Bulgaria is set to receive eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft, analogous to the US Air Force M7 standard pictured, with a request for a further eight. The country has been told to expect a delay in its deliveries due to supplier and Covid problems. (US Air Force)
Delivery of the eight Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force is to be delayed by ‘several months' due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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