U.S., Japan and Korea Begin Freedom Edge Exercise, North Korea Attempts Ballistic Missile Test

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) arrives in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), June 22, 2024. US Navy Photo

The U.S., Japan and South Korea kicked off the first trilateral Freedom Edge exercise on Thursday, according to a joint statement. North Korea meanwhile claimed on Thursday that it carried out successful test with multiple warheads on Wednesday.

“Freedom Edge expresses the will of Japan, ROK, and U.S. to promote trilateral interoperability and protect freedom for peace and stability in the...


USS Theodore Roosevelt in South Korea Ahead of Transit to Middle East, North Korea Condemns Visit

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), June 11, 2024. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) pulled into the South Korean city of Busan on Saturday for a port visit before carrying out the trilateral exercise Freedom Edge with South Korea and Japan. Following the exercise, the carrier is set to transit to the Red Sea, according to Pentagon officials. Meanwhile, carrier USS Ronald...


Russia’s “shadow” tanker fleet targeted by new UK sanctions

A suspected Russian shadow tanker following its apprehension in Indonesian waters, July 2023

The UK government, in co-ordinated action with G7 partners to support Ukraine, recently announced 50 new sanctions designations and specifications to degrade Russia’s ability to wage war. New targets include ships in Russia’s “shadow fleet”, institutions at the heart of Russia’s financial system,...


Dutch defence ministry calls out China for fighter jets’ “unsafe” flying near navy vessel

A Chinese People's Liberation Army JH-7 jet fighter-bomber making a low-level pass near the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Tromp in the East China Sea, date unknown

The Dutch Ministry of Defence has issued a statement describing an “unsafe” close approach by Chinese military aircraft near a Royal Netherlands Navy warship in international waters off China earlier this month. The incident involving the frigate HNLMS Tromp occurred as the ship was operating in...


Intelligence reports detail recent deadly sinking of North Korean military vessel

South Korean news outlet TV Chosun reports that intelligence sources have confirmed the recent sinking of a North Korean military transport vessel in an incident that left around 90 people dead. The sources said the unidentified “very large ship” was transiting a river with 130 troops on board en...


North Korean Military Satellite Launch Fails After Rocket Explodes

DPRK NATA’s Report on Successful Launch of Reconnaissance Satellite in 2023. KCNA Image

North Korea’s attempt to put a second military reconnaissance satellite into orbit failed on Monday when the rocket carrying the satellite exploded mid-flight.
According to state media, the explosion was likely due to the reliability of the rocket engine. Meanwhile, Japan reported on Monday that a WL-10 (Wing Loong-10) unmanned aerial vehicle had been operating over the East China Sea that day, marking the...


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...


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...


HASC’s Adam Smith Says Pentagon Must Assess Platform Capability for Modernization Efforts

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD-27) conducts a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon must make modernization choices between legacy systems and new technology like lasers by evaluating each platform’s capability,the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said this week. 

“The aircraft carrier battle groups have been enormously helpful” in deterring Iran and its proxies over the...


Report to Congress on North Korea-Russia Relations

The following is the May 6, 2024, Congressional Research Service report, North Korea-Russia Relations: Current Developments

From the report

Since 2023, North Korea (officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) and the Russian Federation (Russia) have upgraded their partnership, a development that could potentially boost Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and increase North Korea’s military capabilities and its willingness to engage in provocative actions against...


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