Archiv: naval forces


20.10.2019 - 17:52 [ Axios ]

Israel to attend U.S.-led maritime security meeting in Bahrain

Background: The Bahrain maritime security meeting is a follow-up to the U.S.-led anti-Iran conference held in Warsaw in February. Around 60 countries attended that conference and have participated in ongoing meetings since.

The state of play: According to the State Department, the Bahrain meeting on Oct. 21-22 will focus on maintaining maritime and aviation security in the Middle East and promote steps to interdict and prevent shipments of illicit weapons of mass destruction.

11.10.2019 - 14:21 [ Newsweek.coml ]

China ‚Welcomes‘ Russia’s Call for Persian Gulf Coalition as U.S. and Iran Back Rival Plans

(08.10.2019)

„China has been closely following the complex and sensitive situation in the Gulf region,“ Geng added. „Safeguarding peace and stability in the region is in the shared interests of the international community. China welcomes all proposals and diplomatic efforts conducive to deescalating the situation in the Gulf region. We would also like to stay in communication with all relevant parties.“

11.10.2019 - 14:18 [ tass.com ]

Russia offers to establish international organization for security in Persian Gulf

(03.10.2019)

Russia offers to establish an organization with the participation of Russia, the US, EU states and other countries in order to resolve the issues in the Persian Gulf, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Thursday during the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club.

01.10.2019 - 17:59 [ theHill.com ]

US commander discussed Iranian threats with Saudi counterpart

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its commander, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, visited Riyadh to discuss Iran with his Saudi counterpart, Vice Admiral Fahad al Ghofaily, over the weekend.

28.09.2019 - 10:44 [ Ministry of Defence (UK) / Twitter ]

The British-flagged merchant vessel Stena Impero en route to Dubai after being released by Iran. Images from a @RoyalNavy Wildcat helicopter operating from @HMS_MONTROSE which is patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct

26.09.2019 - 16:15 [ BBC ]

Saudi Arabia says military response to Iran is possible

While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC.

A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week.

26.09.2019 - 16:12 [ Politico.eu ]

Macron, Merkel and Johnson blame Iran for Saudi oil attack

(25.09.2019)

NEW YORK — The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Monday blamed Iran for an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on September 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

24.09.2019 - 14:53 [ telesur ]

Germany, UK, France Blame Iran for Saudi Attack, Urge New Nuclear Deal

(23.09.2019)

“The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery,” the three countries added

24.09.2019 - 06:15 [ Vox.com ]

France, Germany, and UK say Iran is responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabia

“It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack,” the leaders of the three European powers said. “There is no other explanation.”

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.

30.08.2019 - 02:58 [ The National ]

UN mission in Lebanon extended for a year

Diplomats say this led the US, which currently has no troops there, to propose that maximum number for the mission be reduced from 15,000 to 9,000.

The US mission to the UN would not confirm that number after the council voted 15-0 to extend the peacekeeping role, with no reduction to the maximum.

29.08.2019 - 19:12 [ Herald Nigeria ]

Buhari seek Japanese support to combat piracy in Gulf of Guinea, as Nigeria and EU sign development MOU

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.

29.08.2019 - 19:01 [ Sabrina Bellosi, Deputy head of Strategic Communication at EEAS and adviser to EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini / Twitter ]

#MaritimeSecurity @FedericaMog Growing demand for #EU role as a security provider. Discussion on a EU Coordinated Maritime Presences in areas of strategic interest, to share informations & analysis, & promote international cooperation at sea. First test could be in Gulf of Guinea

29.08.2019 - 18:58 [ EUObserver.com ]

EU to test new naval coordination in Africa

A pilot project will take place targeting piracy in the Gulf of Guinea area in Africa, EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini said after the talks in Helsinki Thursday.

25.08.2019 - 09:30 [ Foreigner.fi ]

EU ministers will meet in Helsinki to discuss Middle East and hybrid threats

The meeting will start on Thursday 29 August with a discussion held jointly with the EU defence ministers. Countering hybrid and cyber threats is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

25.08.2019 - 09:25 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Germany’s Global Policy Aspiration

(13.08.2019)

German military experts have presented their first concrete plans for an EU naval operation in the Persian Gulf. According to the draft of two well connected government advisors and a Bundeswehr professor, warships should be cruising at the two entrances to the Strait of Hormuz. Supplementary warships should escort oil tankers through the strait with armed troops on board to ward off possible attacks – depending on the disposition to escalate.

21.08.2019 - 17:23 [ UPI.com ]

Bahrain joins U.S.-led coalition safeguarding Persian Gulf shipping

The confirmation came after Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, chief of CENTCOM, and other top U.S. commanders met with Bahrain’s king in the capital, Manama. Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

21.08.2019 - 16:16 [ theHill.com ]

Australia to join US-led mission in Strait of Hormuz

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country would deploy a maritime surveillance aircraft to the region by the end of the year, an frigate in January for six months and military personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.

20.08.2019 - 17:59 [ thejc.com ]

UK commanders join Israel’s largest-ever naval exercise

(16.08.2019)

The exercise included ten navies, mainly from Nato. In addition to Israeli missile-boats, there were ships from the United States, Greece and France. Britain’s Royal Navy — along with representatives of Canada, Germany, Italy, Cyprus and Chile — was involved at a headquarters level, with observers and experts taking part in the planning of missions.

19.08.2019 - 17:54 [ EUObserver ]

EU mulls naval mission to Persian Gulf

(today)

The German government would launch the idea at one of the informal European meetings in Helsinki at the end of August.

13.08.2019 - 17:21 [ CBS News ]

Iran warns that small but growing U.S. naval coalition in Strait of Hormuz raises the „risk of combustion“

After intense negotiations with Iranian authorities, CBS News was given rare access to Iranian-controlled waters in the Strait — one of the most volatile transit routes for the world’s oil supply.

About 14 tankers carry crude through the Strait every single day; a combined cargo value of $1.3 billion. It’s a lot of money, and there’s a lot of vested interest in ensuring the flow of tankers continues unimpeded.

08.08.2019 - 06:15 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel to join US-led mission in Gulf

It is not yet clear whether Israel will send naval vessels to take part in the US-led mission – dubbed “Operation Sentinel” – or whether it will assist by providing intelligence, as suggested by a report from Israel’s public broadcaster Kan last month.

07.08.2019 - 18:28 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Katz says Israel is part of U.S.-led coalition to protect trade routs in Persian Gulf

Katz told a ministers‘ meeting that the two reached „substantial agreements,“ adding that he was working toward „transparent normalization and signed agreements“ with Gulf states. He added: „We do not have a conflict with them.“

07.08.2019 - 17:58 [ Japan Times ]

Pentagon chief Mark Esper urges Japan to help protect shipping in Persian Gulf

“Any and every country that has an interest in freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce needs to really consider (being) involved in this type of monitoring of the strait,” he told reporters Tuesday, while en route to Tokyo for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.

07.08.2019 - 06:33 [ Oilprice.com ]

China May Consider Sending Navy To Protect Oil Tankers In Gulf

“If there happens to be a very unsafe situation we will consider having our navy escort our commercial vessels,” Ni told Reuters, while the Chinese Embassy in the United Arab Emirates said later in a text message to Reuters that China was studying the U.S. proposal on escorting commercial ships in the Gulf.

07.08.2019 - 06:02 [ Express.co.uk ]

Iran crisis: Britain could ask Russia and China to join fight as tensions rocket in Gulf

(28.07.2019)

The move was suggested after a summit on Thursday bet­­ween military chiefs from the US, UK, Europe and the UAE in Florida, where US admirals failed to persuade Britain to join its Sentinel operation.

07.08.2019 - 05:44 [ tass.com ]

China welcomes Russian concept of collective security in Persian Gulf

(25.07.2019)

On July 23, the Russian Foreign Ministry introduced the concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf. It stipulates creating an initiative group to organize an international conference on security and cooperation in the Persian Gulf, which will later lead to creating a security and cooperation organization in the region.

07.08.2019 - 04:54 [ The Drive ]

China Curiously Says It May Join U.S. Persian Gulf Maritime Coalition Despite Trade War

Chinese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Ni Jian informed Reuters of his country’s positions on regional maritime security in Abu Dhabi on Aug. 6, 2019. China’s embassy in the country subsequently provided additional details to the wire service via text message.

06.08.2019 - 19:30 [ theHill.com ]

US sends carrier through disputed South China Sea amid tensions with Beijing

“The motto of this carrier is peace through strength,” Rear Adm. Karl Thomas told journalists.

Asked what message the carrier’s presence was sending amid new tensions with China, Thomas replied that U.S. military presence helps provide security and stability that foster diplomatic talks between quarreling China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

06.08.2019 - 06:30 [ UPI..com ]

Iran announces joint military drills with Russia

TASS reported that Khanzadi visited Russia in late July. While the location of the exercises has not been confirmed, Iran said activity could be conducted in the Strait of Hormuz as well as the northern part of the Indian Ocean.

06.08.2019 - 06:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK joins US in mission to protect oil tankers in Gulf

Dominic Raab, the new foreign secretary, said the UK had to respond to the “increased threat” now. He added: “Our aim is to build the broadest international support to uphold freedom of navigation in the region, as protected under international law.”

01.08.2019 - 06:04 [ menafn.com ]

Stoltenberg: No request for NATO mission in Arab Gulf

„So we continue to follow the situation very closely. We exchange intelligence, information about the situation,“ he said and noted that NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels discussed the American imitative in June where touched on the possibility of NATO members contributing assets but not as part of a NATO mission.
On her part, Kramp-Karrenbauer said the situation in Iran and in Hormuz is very sensitive.

01.08.2019 - 05:35 [ Newsweek ]

Germany Says It Will Not Support U.S. Military in Gulf, Where Iran Is Ready for Talks with Saudi Arabia

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said Wednesday that Germany „will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the United States,“ which has sought to develop a „maritime security initiative“ to counter Iran in the world’s top oil chokepoint, the Strait of Hormuz. The top diplomat affirmed that „there is no military solution“ to the ongoing crisis that has seen unrest involving competing commercial and military interests in the strategic region.

31.07.2019 - 22:28 [ Lucas Tomlinson, Covering the Pentagon for Fox News / Twitter ]

U.S. Navy kicking off „initial planning conference“ in Bahrain today with allied nations to discuss maritime security: statement. Monday, Secretary of State Pompeo admitted, „it will take more time“ to form coalition to protect ships in Strait of Hormuz from Iranian forces.

31.07.2019 - 22:24 [ Asia Times ]

US sleepwalking into a real war with Iran

The UK’s legal right to seize either ships or goods in transit through the Strait of Gibraltar is highly debatable. It is Iran’s oil; and even if it is going to Syria as the UK claims, Syria is not under UN sanctions, the only legal international sanctions that count.

The European External Action Service, the EU body responsible for its foreign policy, was deafening in its silence on the UK action, supposedly taken to enforce EU sanctions. Even Carl Bildt, the co-chairman of the European Council on Foreign Relations, was constrained to tweet, “One refers to EU sanctions against Syria, but Iran is not a member of EU. And EU as a principle doesn’t impose its sanctions on others. That’s what the US does.”

31.07.2019 - 06:47 [ Tass.com ]

Russia presents to UN its concept of collective security in Persian Gulf

„Practical work on launching the process of creating a security system in the Persian Gulf may be started by holding bilateral and multilateral consultations between interested parties, including countries both within the region and outside of it, UN Security Council, LAS [League of Arab States], OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation], GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council],“ the document added.

31.07.2019 - 06:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK calls meeting with US and France to discuss Hormuz plan

The UK has invited military representatives of the US, France and other European countries to a meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday in an attempt to create an international mission to safeguard shipping through the strait of Hormuz.

Britain hopes it can act as bridge between the US – which has the largest military presence of a western nation in the region – and countries such as Germany, which is reluctant to getting involved in any mission led by Washington.

30.07.2019 - 14:07 [ Anadolu Agency ]

US asks Germany to join naval force in Gulf

„We have officially asked Germany to assist, together with France and the U.K., to maintain security of the Strait of Hormuz and counter Iranian aggression,“ a U.S. official was quoted as saying by the German press agency DPA.

26.07.2019 - 06:48 [ ITV.com ]

Royal Navy to escort British-flagged ships through strait of Hormuz amid Iran tensions

„Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it.

„The Department for Transport has therefore updated its advice to confirm that the Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage.”

25.07.2019 - 19:25 [ CheckpointAsia.net ]

Somebody Blew Up the Pipeline to Syria’s Main Oil Terminal: Oil embargo of the country now backed by sabotage of key oil infrastructure

(28.06.2019)

Experts confirm that the attack was a well-planned operation. Pipes are at a depth of dozens meters underwater. Such a difficult mining mission can be completed only by trained and well-equipped specs. This fact excludes the operating of the irregular militants.

25.07.2019 - 19:20 [ Oilprice.com ]

Oil Pipelines Sabotaged In Syria

(24.06.2019) The network carries crude oil from the coast to tankers at the port of Banias. The port city houses one of Syria’s two refineries. The other is located in Homs, in central Syria.

Last month U.S.-led forces blew up three oil tankers in Syria in the latest push against the Syrian government which is fighting rebel groups in their last remaining stronghold in Syria, in Idlib.

Syria is heavily dependent on crude oil imports through the Mediterranean, with a lot of the oil coming from Iran.

25.07.2019 - 13:53 [ Philstar.com ]

Philippines not informed of Chinese warship sail-by in Tawi-Tawi

Lorenzana clarified that China would not need permission if it is for commercial shipping as they are allowed to do so by virtue of the principle of innocent passage.

Beijing still needs to inform Manila if their warships will pass through Philippine waters, the secretary said.

25.07.2019 - 13:48 [ Fox News ]

US warship crosses through Taiwan Strait after China says US using ‚power politics‘

The U.S. and China are already embroiled in a tense trade war as Taiwan and other Pacific allies grow concerned about China’s growing military threat.

Earlier this month, the U.S. tentatively approved the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan – a proposal that had prompted China to threaten sanctions against the U.S.

23.07.2019 - 09:12 [ Manuel Pellicer, polítical scientist / Twitter ]

Someone tell me if I’ve got it right: -The US asked the #UK to block an iranian oil tanker. So did they in #Gibraltar -#Iran has blocked back a brit tanker in #Ormuz. -London wants France, Germany, i.e. the #EU, to set a naval mission to patrol the iranian persian Gulf

23.07.2019 - 09:04 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs ]

Strait of Hormuz incident: Foreign Secretary calls with French and German foreign ministers

(21.07.2019)

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt discussed the incident with Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

20.07.2019 - 13:44 [ NATO ]

NATO ships exercise in the Black Sea

(19.07.2019)

Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

19.07.2019 - 11:51 [ USA Today ]

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake

„We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) by mistake!,“ Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Twitter.

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted military spokesman Gen. Abolfazl Shekari as saying that „all Iranian drones that are in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one which the U.S. president mentioned, after carrying out scheduled identification and control missions, have returned to their bases.“

19.07.2019 - 11:48 [ Washington Post ]

Trump says the U.S. Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz

A U.S. naval ship downed an Iranian drone that flew too close and ignored multiple calls to turn away, President Trump said Thursday, as tensions between the United States and Iran appeared to be rising once again in the Persian Gulf region.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said the drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer in the Strait of Hormuz before the crew “took defensive action” and “immediately destroyed” it.

13.07.2019 - 07:56 [ BBC ]

Iran tanker row: UK to send second warship to the Gulf

HMS Duncan is currently in the Mediterranean and is expected to join HMS Montrose in the region next week.