• Piracy numbers in Asia fall to 12-year low; concerns over crew abductions remain

    Key Points The maritime crime situation in Asia has improved significantly over 2018 However, mariners have been advised to maintain vigilance in the Sulu and Celebes seas, and off Eastern Sabah The number of maritime piracy, and sea robbery incidences in Asia fell to a 12-year low in 2018, but

  • Surface Navy 2019: USMC says it needs to slash global commitments

    At a time when question marks abound over the future of US troop levels around the globe, the US Marine Corps (USMC) said that it must reduce its operational deployments to better train for the high-end fight. Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault, the USMC’s deputy commandant for plans,

  • US Army set to cut or curtail 186 programmes

    The US Army has decided to cancel or curtail almost 186 projects to pay for modernisation priorities and readiness, after examining programmes in ‘night court’, according to the service’s outgoing chief of staff, General Mark Milley. At a 16 January Association of the US Army

  • Bundeswehr reactivates ammunition, equipment depots

    The Bundeswehr will reopen or cancel the closure of eight ammunition and equipment depots, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has decided, her ministry's website announced on 15 January. The depots will be reactivated step by step in 2020–31 for an estimated cost of EUR200 million

  • Number of PLA Navy carrier pilot recruits may double

    Almost twice as many potential carrier aircraft pilot recruits have passed the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) initial selection test during the 2019 annual recruitment campaign compared with the previous year, according to information posted on the PLAN’s website on 13

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