The United Kingdom lowers the European flag on Northwood

MAST: Please note the following was automatically translated from French and some errors may occur. (B2) The European Union flag will be lowered at Northwood HQ. The United Kingdom loses control of the EU’s anti-piracy operation, which it has been commanding since the beginning, a good decade ago in December 2008. At issue: Brexit. It will […]

HMS Duncan and HMS Dragon meet in the Mediterranean

Royal Navy’s top Type 45 destroyers HMS Duncan and HMS Dragon meet in the Mediterranean for their first patrol together  TWO of the Royal Navy’s top destroyers have joined forces for the first time to patrol the Mediterranean. Portsmouth-based sister ships HMS Duncan and drug-busting record-holder HMS Dragon linked up on security patrols in the eastern […]

PCG deploys Boracay class patrol vessel in Zamboanga

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has assigned one of its Boracay-class patrol vessel to the the Coast Guard District Southwestern Mindanao (CGDSWM) to boost the anti-smuggling campaign in this part of the country. The vessel, BRP-Malamawi, will be jointly operated by the PCG and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) […]

Kenya Plans End of 210,000 Strong Refugee Camp Near Somalia

By David Herbling Kenya is again considering closing the Dadaab refugee camp, once the world’s largest, two years after the nation’s High Court blocked the proposed shutdown that drew criticism from human rights groups. The United Nations refugee agency “is aware of the renewed call by the government of Kenya to close the camp,” Dana […]

Roadside bomb in Hodeidah kills

Roadside bombing in Yemen’s Hodeidah kills 3 military personnel: official SANAA, March 28 (Xinhua) — A Yemeni military deputy commander and two soldiers were killed by a roadside bombing in the south of the flashpoint Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday, a local official said. Talal Kafsh, deputy commander of the first division, […]

Joint Patrols Highlight Vietnam-Cambodia Maritime Ties

The latest iteration of the interaction offered a window into an aspect of the bilateral defense relationship. By Prashanth Parameswaran Last week, Vietnam and Cambodia held another iteration of their pre-scheduled list of joint maritime patrols. The development offered a glimpse into one manifestation of the defense realm of the bilateral relationship that both sides continue […]

The Arabian Peninsula’s Missing Police Force

by Adam Dempsey In December 2014, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced plans to create a region-wide police force. The new organization, known as GCCPol, would be based out of Abu Dhabi and, for all intents and purposes, would operate along similar lines as Interpol and other regional police groupings. Following the signing of the 2015 agreement, […]

“It’s immoral really”

by Lauren Ingram The numbers of piracy incidents, while not as large as those during the Gulf of Aiden crisis in 2010-2012, has gone up again recently – which is why insurance can play such a large role for shipping companies when it comes to their business. Mike Salthouse, deputy global director of claims for North […]

Not piracy, but self-defence against EU’s deadly abdication

Not piracy, but self-defence against EU’s deadly abdication – NGOs on El Hiblu rescue After stopping EU rescues and banishing rescue NGO ships from the Mediterranean, commercial vessels are now being forced to return rescued migrants to Libya by Matthew Vella The 108 men and women who commandeered a motor tanker that was about to take […]

King Salman receives Libya’s Haftar in Riyadh

The two men ‘reviewed latest developments in the Libyan arena’ Riyadh: Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday held talks with Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, with whom he discussed recent developments in the troubled North African country, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The king received Haftar at Riyadh’s Al Yamamah Royal […]