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PMSS Kashmir embarks on goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

KARACHI: Pakistan Maritime Security Ship “Kashmir” is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from August 13 to 16, 2018. Pakistan naval ships frequently pay port calls to Sri Lanka as both countries enjoy warm diplomatic and strong military ties. Such interactions also demonstrate both navies’ resolve to contribute towards achieving a more secure and conducive maritime environment which is essential for the regional peace, prosperity and harmony. The PMSS Kashmir, a 94-meter MPV, displaces…

Japan’s navy appoints first woman to command warship squadron

TOKYO: Japan’s navy on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to lure more females to make up for a dearth of male recruits in graying Japan. Ryoko Azuma, will command four ships with a combined crew of 1,000, of which only 30 are women, that make up the Maritime Self Defense Force’s (MSDF) First Escort Division. “I don’t think about being a woman. I will concentrate my energy on fulfilling my duties as commander,” Azuma, 44, said at…

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors

BUESNOS AIRES: Argentina's navy on Thursday formally ended its search for survivors from the San Juan submarine, two weeks after the vessel went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew aboard. The navy has shifted its mission from rescue to recovery, spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. He said while it was not possible to definitively confirm the crew had perished, "no evidence of a shipwreck was found in the areas explored" and the international rescue effort had continued for "twice the time" it was estimated…

Argentine submarine goes missing with 44 crew members on board

BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said. The vessel was in the southern Argentine Sea when it gave its last location two days ago. "We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication," Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. "If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface."…

Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appointed as new Naval chief

ISLAMABAD: Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff. He will replace Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah who retires on October 6. Zakullah has been serving as Naval Chief since October 2014. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recommended his appointment which has been approved by President Mamnoon Hussain. Zafar Mahmood  is the senior most ranking naval officer. Others who were considered includes Vice Admiral S.A.  Hussaini, Vice Admiral Shah Sohail Masood and Vice Admiral…

Sri Lankan navy rescues elephant washed out to sea

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's navy has rescued an elephant that got into difficulties after being washed out to sea, a spokesman said Wednesday, calling it a "miraculous escape". Chaminda Walakuluge said the navy mounted the 12-hour rescue after spotting the elephant struggling to stay afloat around eight kilometres (five miles) off the island's northeast coast. Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released…

Italian naval ship on goodwill visit to Pakistan

KARACHI: Italian Navy Ship Carabiniere (F-593) arrived at Karachi Port on Wednesday for a good will visit, said the Inter Services Public Relations. The visiting ship was accorded a warm welcome during an impressive reception ceremony and received by senior officials of Pakistan Navy and Italian Embassy Staff including Ambassador and Defence Attache of Italy in Pakistan. The visit is aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration between the two navies through exercises and reciprocal calls on. During the stay at…

Missing from Trump’s grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the US Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan. The initiative could cost nearly $700 billion in government funding, take 30 years to complete and require hiring tens of thousands of skilled shipyard workers - many of whom don't exist yet because they still need to be hired and trained, according to the…

Sri Lankan students aboard Pakistan naval ships in Colombo

KARACHI: Over two hundred Sri Lankan students from prominent schools and colleges visited Pakistani Naval Ships Nasr and Saif at Colombo Dockyard.  The ships were on a port call to Colombo during a goodwill visit from 12 to 15 March. The visit aims to enhance the strong and brotherly relationship between the navies of both countries. Pakistani Navy hosted the students of Sri Lankan schools and colleges. The children enjoyed the visit and were briefed about the diverse weapons and equipment fitted on board. The…

Aircraft carriers, championed by Trump, are vulnerable to attack

WASHINGTON: Last week, President Donald J. Trump chose the deck of the newest U.S. aircraft carrier, the $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, for a speech extolling his planned boost in military spending. Trump vowed that the newest generation of “Ford Class” carriers - the most expensive warships ever built - will remain the centerpiece of projecting American power abroad. “We're going to soon have more coming,” Trump told an enthusiastic audience of sailors, declaring the new carriers so big and solidly built that they…