Global Drug Enforcement Needs Greater Focus on Criminal Networks, Says Admiral

Cmdr. Jonathan Harris, USCGC Campbell’s commanding officer, participates in the offload of interdicted narcotics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 14, 2024. US Coast Guard Photo

Drug interdiction needs to focus on criminal networks and not on a single commodity, like fentanyl, the deputy director of Joint Interagency Task Force –South said Wednesday.

“The next thing will be just as bad” as fentanyl if the networks aren’t targeted, Navy Rear Adm. Larry LeGree said at the Center for Strategic and...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/22/global-drug-enforcement-needs-greater-focus-on-criminal-networks-says-admiral

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Following U.S. Air Force Drills

KCNA Image

North Korea test-fired a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) with a new autonomous navigation system on Friday, reported state media on Saturday. The last weapons test North Korea conducted was on Apr. 22, when it fired SRBMs in a nuclear command-and-control test.
The test firing verified the accuracy and reliability of the autonomous navigation system was reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, which also reported that the firing was overseen by North Korean leader Kim...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/22/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-following-u-s-air-force-drills

New Base Protection Training Emphasizes Asymmetric Threats, ‘Homeland is Not a Sanctuary’

A Marine stands watch during an exercise aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) – Barstow, April 25, 2024. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – U.S. military forces training and deploying from their bases and stations for a future conflict or crisis will likely face a growing variety of threats close to home. Base intruders, drone swarms, civilian protests, cyber hackers, disinformation campaigns, natural disasters or power outages all can disrupt or thwart unit training and unit...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/21/new-base-protection-training-emphasizes-asymmetric-threats-homeland-is-not-a-sanctuary

Destroyer USS Carney Returns Home After Seven-Month Deployment, 51 Houthi Engagements

Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Kris Merrell, from Rogers, Ark., embraces his sons after returning home from deployment. US Navy Photo

USS Carney (DDG-64) had 51 total engagements with Houthi missiles and drones during its time in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, its commanding officer said Monday.

Carney returned home Sunday after a seven-month deployment. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer deployed on Sept. 27, its commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeremy Robertson, told...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/20/destroyer-uss-carney-returns-home-after-seven-month-deployment-51-houthi-engagements

Navy ‘Hell Hounds’ Squadron Crafting Missions for Small, Lethal Drone Fleet

Two Global Autonomous Reconnaissance Crafts (GARC), from Unmanned Surface Vessel Squadron 3 (USVRON 3), operate near Naval Amphibious Base Coronado May 15, 2024. US Navy Image

CORONADO, Calif. – The Navy on Friday took another step toward creating a surface fleet seamlessly integrated with uncrewed vessels by formally establishing its second unmanned surface drone unit.

The new unit, the “Hell Hounds” of Unmanned Surface Vessel Squadron 3, has received the first four Global Autonomous...

China’s Support of Russia’s War in Ukraine Major Concern for U.S., Says Official

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 16, 2024. Kremlin Image

The United States is “profoundly concerned” over China’s “feeding Russia’s war machine” to bolster its forces in Ukraine, while Beijing is also professing it wants better trade relations with the West, the State Department’s top official for East Asia and the Indo-Pacific said last week.

Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs, said, “China can’t have it both ways.” He added...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/19/chinas-support-of-russias-war-in-ukraine-major-concern-for-u-s-says-official

Philippines Receives U.S.-funded Coast Guard Repair Facility Amid South China Sea Damages, Modernization Efforts

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Y. Robert Ewing and PCG officials Deputy Commandant for Administration Vice Admiral Allan Victor Dela Vega, Maritime Safety Services Command Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Coyme, and Coast Guard Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Edgar Ybañez unveil the plaque of the PCG’s new Fleet Maintenance and Repair Group Workshop. U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Photo.

The Philippine Coast Guard received its first dedicated facility for vessel maintenance and repair from U.S....

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/15/philippines-receives-u-s-funded-coast-guard-repair-facility-amid-south-china-sea-damages-modernization-efforts

ESB Miguel Keith Drills with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force in East China Sea

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary mobile base USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) steams in the Gulf of Thailand, Mar. 1, 2024, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2024. U.S. Navy Photo

Expeditionary sea base USS Miguel Keith(ESB-5) carried out trilateral drills with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the East China Sea earlier this week. 

Destroyer JS Akizuki(DD-115) and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft performed the drills for...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/15/esb-miguel-keith-drills-with-japan-maritime-self-defense-force-royal-new-zealand-air-force-in-east-china-sea

Pyle: Red Sea Operations Demonstrate Importance of Trainers for Surface Community

Sailors train on a navigation simulator at the Mariner Skills Training Center Pacific in San Diego, Calif., on Feb 13, 2023. USNI News Photo

The decade-long $6 billion investment in live, virtual and constructive training for the surface community is paying dividends in the Red Sea, the Navy’s director of surface warfare said Tuesday.

Instead of “figuring out on the fly” how to apply “defense in depth,” as USS Mason (DDG-87) had to do when attacked by two cruise missiles in the Red Sea in 2016,...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/15/pyle-red-sea-operations-demonstrate-importance-of-trainers-for-surface-community

PLAN Warships Sail Around Japanese Islands; Japan, U.S., Australia Sign Information Warfare Memo

PLAN frigates. JSO Photo

A pair of People’s Liberation Army Navy frigates sailed around Japan’s southwest islands from this week, while a PLAN intelligence ship transited the Miyako Strait to enter the East China Sea on Thursday, according to Japan’s Joint Staff Office.

On Thursday at noon local time, PLAN frigates CNS Changzhou (549) and CNS Luan (611) were sighted sailing northwest in an area 43 miles southwest of Yonaguni Island, the JSO said in a Friday news release. The two PLAN frigates...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/10/plan-warships-sail-around-japanese-islands-japan-u-s-australia-sign-information-warfare-memo

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