Tankers almost certainly damaged by Iranian naval mines, US says

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said “naval mines almost certainly from Iran” were to blame for the damage to oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month. Mr Bolton provided no evidence to support the allegation, which Iran said was “laughable”. The attacks off the eastern coast of the United Arab […]

ASG member killed, 4 others injured in clash in Sulu

By Francis Wakefield  An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorist was killed while four others were wounded when another clash erupted between government troops and the local terrorist group in Sulu yesterday. A report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom), disclosed that Army troopers were on focused military operation when they encountered members […]

Sabah dusk-to-dawn sea curfew extended

Sabah dusk-to-dawn sea curfew extended by another two weeks By Stephanie Lee KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s dusk-to-dawn sea curfew will be extended for another two weeks until June 10, says Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah. He said the extension of the 6pm to 6am curfew was needed due to continuous threats from cross-border criminals, including from kidnap-for-ransom […]

Only international action will stop increase in piracy: BIMCO

A fresh annual report from the International Maritime Bureau shows that attacks in West Africa helped push piracy numbers up in 2018. In terms of military and law enforcement, an international operation is not complicated, so what is needed above all is the will to act. According to the bureau’s report, there were 201 incidents […]

Iran sees no prospect of negotiations with U.S.: foreign ministry

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran sees no prospect of negotiations with the United States, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program was possible. Washington withdrew last year from a 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran, and is ratcheting up sanctions […]

NPA Partners Navy on Maritime Security

Eromosele Abiodun The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Navy (NN) have resolved to work in unison towards ensuring the security and safety of the nation’s territorial waters and maritime domain. Receiving a team of Naval officers led by the flag officers commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji, who paid a […]

Iranian Navy to send 62nd Fleet in the Gulf of Aden to int'l waters

The Iranian Navy plans to dispatch the 62nd flotilla of warships to free waters in the next few days to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirate attacks. The 62nd fleet includes Bayandor destroyer and Lavan and Bushehr logistic warships. The 61st flotilla of the Iranian Navy had set off for the […]

'Sabotaged' tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

A sizeable oil slick developed in waters where tankers were damaged off the United Arab Emirates on 12 May. Finnish company Iceye says one of its radar satellites detected a long trail leading from the Saudi-flagged vessel Amjad two days later. The crude oil tanker and three other ships suffered damage while anchored outside the […]

Robbers board vessel underway off Singapore

Jim Wilson, Australia Correspondent A crew sailing off the coast of Singapore had a close encounter with pirates late last week, according to a new report from ReCAAP, the south east Asian anti-piracy center. A tug-and-barge was heading westbound about five miles southwest-by-west off the coast of Singapore on Sunday. That’s in the narrow strait […]

U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan this weekend, […]