• Covid-19: ADF personnel supporting police in enforcing quarantine measures

    Uniformed Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are being deployed to support civilian police enforcing mandatory quarantine and isolation measures in several Australian airports and a number of hotels in Sydney, the Department of Defence (DoD) has disclosed. According to a DoD website providing

  • Covid-19: Canberra cancels US Marines’ annual training deployment to northern Australia amid coronavirus concerns

    The government in Canberra has cancelled this year’s annual deployment of a US Marine Corps rotational training force to northern Australia because of restrictions designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 30 March.

  • Covid-19: Airbus establishes coronavirus airbridge from China to Europe

    Airbus has used one of its A300-200 aircraft to fly personal protection equipment from China to Europe, the company announced. The airlift, which took place over three days between 26 and 28 March, saw an A330 that is currently being converted into a multirole tanker transport (MRTT) platform for

  • Covid-19: Tokyo despatches military personnel to airports to help stem the spread of coronavirus

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Tokyo has despatched Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) personnel to airports in an effort to strengthen border measures against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus into the country. Specifically, the MoD ordered SDF troops to be sent to Narita International

  • Covid-19: Trump signs USD2.2 trillion aid bill into law

    The US government has enacted into law the USD2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes billions of dollars for the US Department of Defense and tens of billions of dollars in financial aid for the aviation industry. President Trump signed the

  • Covid-19: UK establishes helicopter-hubs to support virus fight

    The United Kingdom has established two hubs from which military helicopters will be able to provide assistance to civil authorities the length of the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The hubs at Kinloss Barracks in Scotland and Royal Air Force (RAF) Benson in England will see Boeing Chinook

  • Covid-19: US Navy assets deploy as service, shipyards eye more measures to combat virus impacts

    As the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was departing Naval Station Norfolk on 29 March for New York City in support of the nation’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) response efforts, the MSC hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) was preparing to receive its

  • USMC lays out additional reorganisation details, cuts to ACV and AAV lines

    Eyeing ways to prepare for a military conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific region will require the US Marine Corps (USMC) to cut its ground combat vehicle and aviation fleets in order to be more nimble, according to Commandant General David Berger. In a 13-page report on the services Force

  • Update: Covid-19: US Air Force postpones April ABMS demo

    Key Points The US Air Force is delaying its upcoming ABMS demonstration from April to June The service will spend this extra time trying to advance some of the IOT combat concept’s technologies The US Air Force (USAF) has postponed its upcoming April Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS)

  • Covid-19: European countries withdraw from Iraq

    European countries have announced the temporary withdrawal of their troops from the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and NATO Training Mission (NMI) in Iraq. The withdrawals follow an announcement by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) on 20 March that it had ceased

  • Covid-19: Malaysian military patrolling streets amid coronavirus pandemic

    Malaysia’s military is conducting patrols on the streets and transporting much needed medical supplies as part of its response to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. The military has been deployed since 21 March to help enforce a ‘restricted

  • French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle deploys to North Sea region for first time in 10 years

    Key Points The French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle is conducting its first deployment to the eastern North Sea region in a decade As part of the deployment, the carrier strike group exercised with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 The French Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS

  • Covid-19: More sailors test positive for virus on carrier Roosevelt

    More personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been found to be infected with Covid-19, the US Navy (USN) reported on 26 March. "As testing continues, additional positive cases of Covid-19 have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt ,” Admiral

  • Covid-19: India involves DRDO and OFB in fight against the coronavirus pandemic

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has pressed the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into making assorted medical supplies and equipment to battle the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. Officials told

  • Covid-19: Pentagon halts overseas troop movement for 60 days

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is ratcheting up its coronavirus response with a new 60-day stop movement order for all overseas troops and civilians. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted the order on 25 March in a bid to protect personnel from the virus and maintain “operational

  • Covid-19: Spain’s military lab to manufacture drugs to counter pandemic

    The Spanish government is reported to have ordered a Ministry of Defence (MoD) laboratory to start producing drugs for civilian use during the Covid-19 crisis. Paracetamol, antiviral drugs for injections, and disinfectants are on the list to “guarantee the supply of essential products”,

  • Japan deploys SAM, ASM batteries to Miyakojima Island

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 26 March that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missile batteries along with about 340 troops to Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture to bolster the country’s defence capabilities amid

  • Covid-19: Romanian Air Force airlifts coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey

    The Romanian Air Force (For?ele Aeriene Romane – FAR) mobilised its fixed-wing air mobility assets to airlift urgent coronavirus supplies from Germany and Turkey on 24 March. A Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and a Leonardo C-27J Spartan transport aircraft from the 901st Squadron and

  • Covid-19: Czech Republic and Slovakia mobilise SALIS to deliver emergency equipment

    The Czech Republic and Slovakia are both using the NATO Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme to airlift in emergency equipment from China during the coronavirus crisis, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has announced. The first SALIS flight using an Antonov

  • Covid-19: NATO co-ordinates assistance to Spain, Ukraine

    Spain and Ukraine have sent requests to NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), the alliance has announced. "On 23 March the EADRCC received a request for international assistance from the armed Forces of Spain in their response to the global pandemic of the

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