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China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack Missiles

China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack MissilesChina says its newest destroyer is capable of launching land-attack missiles.



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China and America Are Going Navy Crazy (As in Building Lots of New Warships)

China and America Are Going Navy Crazy (As in Building Lots of New Warships)Who has the advantage?



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Meet the Navy's Small Warships That Help to Deter Iran

Meet the Navy's Small Warships That Help to Deter IranSpunky and important little boats.



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Warships and aircraft ready for first US-ASEAN maritime drills

Warships and aircraft ready for first US-ASEAN maritime drillsEight warships, four aircraft and more than a thousand personnel from the US and ten Southeast Asian countries will join maritime drills kicking off Monday, as part of a joint exercise extending into the flashpoint South China Sea. The drills come at a time of stepped-up US engagement in the region and tensions between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations over the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Co-led by the US and Royal Thai navies, the exercises will stretch into “international waters in Southeast Asia, including the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea” before concluding in Singapore, according to a statement from the US embassy in Bangkok.



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US pressures Germany to send warships to Persian Gulf

US pressures Germany to send warships to Persian GulfThe US stepped up diplomatic pressure on Germany to send warships to the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as the Western allies remained deeply divided over how to respond to the Iranian threat to oil tankers.  Germany has so far been reluctant to contribute to any naval mission in the Middle East and the US embassy took the unusual step of publicly challenging Berlin to make a commitment.  "Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of navigation should be protected,” the US embassy said in a statement. “Our question is, protected by whom?”   The US statement said that both the UK and France had committed to sending warships to “secure the Strait of Hormuz and combat Iranian aggression”. In reality, there is still no agreement on any joint mission in the Strait of Hormuz.  France has refused to join any US mission out of concern it would associate Paris with Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” against Iran. Britain is caught in the middle, calling for a European-led initiative but saying it will need American military support to succeed.   Caricatures at Iran's "Pirates of the Queen" exhibit mocks the UK over its seized tanker Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Germany appeared unmoved by the US pressure and refused to commit to sending naval assets. "The German government has taken note of this, but not promised to make any contribution,” a German official said.  Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised Germany for not spending more on defence and German politicians have called for the expulsion of his ambassador in Berlin for appearing to interfere in the country’s domestic politics.   Overseas military deployments are a sensitive subject in Germany, where the post-war constitution places constraints on using the armed forces for anything other than strictly defensive operations.  Meanwhile, hardliners in Iran continued to revel in the seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker with the launch of a cartoon exhibition mocking the UK’s inability to recover its ship.  The “Pirates of the Queen” exhibit features more than a dozen cartoons. Some mock the Queen personally while others portray the UK as a fox – a reference to the Persian term “the Old Fox”, which is often used by Iranians to to describe Britain.  A cultural centre affiliated to the IRGC has launched a cartoon expo in Tehran where artists display their work celebrating Iran's seizure of the British-flagged tanker StenaImpero. The UK is referred to as the "Old Fox" by the Islamic Republic to signify "British cunning". pic.twitter.com/cOEYtQWdvn— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) July 29, 2019 The captain of an Iranian tanker seized in Gibraltar accused Britain of using unnecessary “brute force” when Royal Marines took the ship. He said the marines pointed guns at his unarmed crew and forced them to kneel on the deck.  “They just pointed the gun and they started shouting look forward, look forward,” the captain, an Indian national who spoke anonymously to the BBC. “I was totally shocked I didn’t know what to feel because they didn’t give me a chance to talk.” Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, appealed to Mr Trump to ignore the advice of his hawkish advisers and seek a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran.  “Diplomacy = prudence; never weakness,” Mr Zarif said on Twitter.  Mr Trump has occasionally expressed interest in negotiations with Iran and reportedly tapped a Republican senator to be his envoy. But he has also said he does not believe Iran is ready to negotiate and has shown no sign he is prepared to ease crippling US sanctions on Iran.



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Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join U.S. coalition

Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join U.S. coalitionIndian warships escorting merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf will remain deployed for the longer term, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, as tensions between Iran and Western powers rise. Since June following attacks on tankers that the United States blamed on Iran and Iran-aligned fighters, a charged Tehran denies, the Indian navy ships have been escorting Indian-flagged vessels in and out of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.



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India warships sent to strategic Gulf waters: navy

India warships sent to strategic Gulf waters: navyIndia has sent warships and stepped up aerial surveillance in strategic Gulf waters, the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday, with global tensions rising in the region. "INS Chennai and INS Sunayna have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations," the navy said, quoted by PTI. The aim is "to re-assure the Indian-flagged vessels operating/transiting through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, following the maritime security incidents in the region," the navy said.



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China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands

China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed IslandsThe Chinese military says it has dispatched warships after U.S. Navy vessels sailed near Beijing-claimed islands in the South China Sea.



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China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move 'seriously infringed' its sovereignty

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move 'seriously infringed' its sovereigntyChina has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty. A statement issued by the defence ministry said Chinese vessels and aircraft warned American ships to leave because they had entered its territorial waters in the South China Sea, through which nearly $ 5 trillion in ship-borne trade flows, without permission. The move “contravened Chinese and relevant international law, seriously infringed upon Chinese sovereignty [and] harmed strategic mutual trust between the two militaries”, it said.



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Taiwan warships drop anchor in Nicaragua amid sinking ties with China

Taiwan warships drop anchor in Nicaragua amid sinking ties with ChinaA Taiwanese naval “Friendship Flotilla” of warships dropped anchor in Nicaragua on Monday just weeks after China urged Taiwan’s dwindling diplomatic allies to ditch the self-ruled island in favor of Beijing. Three ships, carrying around 800 crew, arrived in El Salvador on Friday and will visit other allies in Central America, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, part of “one China”, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring what it considers to be a wayward province under Chinese control.



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