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Taiwan detects dozens of Chinese aircraft and five naval ships around island

Taiwan detects dozens of Chinese aircraft and five naval ships around island

[ad_1] Taiwan’s defence ministry said Friday it had detected 26 Chinese aircraft and five naval vessels around the self-ruled island in the previous 24 hours.  Issued on: 03/05/2024 – 09:33 1 min The sorties come weeks before the May 20 inauguration of new Taiwan president Lai Ching-te, who China regards as a dangerous separatist.  A statement from the defence ministry said 17 of the aircraft “crossed the median line and entered Taiwan’s northern and central ADIZ (air defence identification zone).” The line bisects the Taiwan Strait, a narrow 180-kilometre (110-mile) waterway separating the island from mainland China. Beijing, which does not recognise the line, claims democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Under the administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, tensions between Beijing and Taipei have ramped up, as she and her government reject China’s claim to the island.  Her deputy, Vice President Lai, won the island’s January presidential election despite warnings from Beijing that he would cause “war and …

From Mariupol to Odesa, four naval cadets weather the storm

From Mariupol to Odesa, four naval cadets weather the storm

[ad_1] Covered in numbers and brackets, the blackboards at Odesa’s National Maritime Academy conjure up distant horizons. “Let’s take the case of a cargo ship sailing from Odesa to Naples,” began the law professor in the maritime and river management section. “Knowing that the distance between the ports is 1,700 nautical miles and that the ship’s speed is 16.5 knots, calculate the journey time if the additional travel time is 0.8 days.” At the beginning of spring, another alert disturbed the silence of the classroom. Exercise canceled. Solving the equation of the open sea had to wait. The students of the prestigious naval school, whose reputation has spanned the globe for 80 years, packed up their pens to follow their class leader, recognizable by the yellow chevrons on her uniform. Among them was Anna R., an 18-year-old student with blond braids, wearing a navy collar and striped shirt. She knows all about shelters and missiles: She’s from Mariupol. In recent weeks, she has again heard drones pierce buildings, when Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses failed to protect …

China hosts foreign naval officials amid South China Sea tensions

China hosts foreign naval officials amid South China Sea tensions

[ad_1] QINGDAO, Shandong: The Chinese Navy on Sunday (Apr 21) kicked off a biennial meeting of top foreign naval officials in the port city of Qingdao, in a show of military diplomacy that will be closely watched for signs of more engagement between China and the United States. The four-day event with delegations from 30 countries comes during heightened tensions in the South China Sea, as US treaty ally Manila is in an increasingly fraught standoff with Beijing over the strategic waterway, which could be a potential flashpoint for US-China relations. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Stephen Koehler will attend the Western Pacific Naval Symposium on behalf of the United States, according to a source familiar with the matter. Other country delegations include Australia, France, India, South Korea, Russia and Britain, state media reported. Participants will hold closed-door talks on Monday, with seminars on topics such as addressing maritime security challenges. They will also discuss the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, a set of guidelines formulated a decade ago, meant to de-escalate tensions between militaries …

Former Naval Officer Raises Alarm About “World-Changing” Underwater UFO Captured on Video

Former Naval Officer Raises Alarm About “World-Changing” Underwater UFO Captured on Video

[ad_1] So-called “unidentified submerged objects” could pose as large a threat as UFOs, the former admiral argues. Wet Works A report about a strange craft that appeared to defy both aerial and aquatic physics is apparently making a splash among the ex-military set. Tim Gallaudet, an oceanographer and former Naval rear admiral who served as the author of a March white paper about so-called “unidentified submerged objects” or USOs, told Fox News this week that he considers it both “scientifically valid” and critical to national security to study these phenomena. Released by the newly-convened Sol Foundation, a think tank dedicated to studying what the military calls “unidentified anomalous phenomena” (UAPs), the 29-page report centers on a 2019 video taken aboard the Omaha off the coast of San Diego. The video, which was leaked to filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and verified by the Pentagon as a legit instance of Naval-recorded UAP in 2021, raises more questions than it answers — and in both his interview and the Sol Foundation report, Gallaudet suggests that the strange craft should be …

Naval Ravikant’s Airchat is a social app built around talk, not text

Naval Ravikant’s Airchat is a social app built around talk, not text

[ad_1] Airchat is a new social media app that encourages users to “just talk.” A previous version of Airchat was released last year, but the team — led by AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and former Tinder product exec Brian Norgard — rebuilt the app and relaunched it on iOS and Android yesterday. Currently invite-only, Airchat is already ranked #27 in social networking on Apple’s App Store. Visually, Airchat should feel pretty familiar and intuitive, with the ability to follow other users, scroll through a feed of posts, then reply to, like, and share those posts. The difference is that the posts and replies are audio recordings, which the app then transcribes. When you open Airchat, messages automatically start playing, and you quickly cycle through them by swiping up and down. If you’re so inclined, you can actually pause the audio and just read text; users can also share photos and video. But audio seems to be what everyone’s focused on, and what Ravikant describes as transforming the dynamic compared to text-based social apps. After joining …

Fury after beautiful holiday island tipped to get NATO naval base in ‘unacceptable’ move | World | News

Fury after beautiful holiday island tipped to get NATO naval base in ‘unacceptable’ move | World | News

[ad_1] Speculation surrounding the possibility of a naval base in the Balearic Islands becoming Spain’s third NATO naval headquarters was met with fierce opposition. Spanish daily El Pais reported on March 29 sources claiming the Maó Naval Station (in Spanish, Mahón) in the east of the island of Menorca had become one of the three bases offering logistical support to NATO ships operating in the Mediterranean. This report sparked the fury of the leader of the Podemos party, Ione Belarra, who taking to X claimed: “The NATO military bases in Spain not only represent an unacceptable transfer of sovereignty, they are also playing a key role in US support for the genocide that Israel is committing against the Palestinian people.” Ms Belarra wasn’t the only politician to hit out in these controversial terms at Tel Aviv’s war in Gaza, started after Hamas carried out an unprecedented terror attack in southern Israel. Upon rejecting the idea of Mahón becoming a NATO base, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Spain, Enrique Santiago, said: “Less preparing …

Philippe de Gaulle, naval commander and son of French leader, dies at 102

Philippe de Gaulle, naval commander and son of French leader, dies at 102

[ad_1] Philippe de Gaulle, a longtime French naval commander who carried a family legacy as the eldest child of wartime hero and president Charles de Gaulle, but who described his famous lineage as both an honor and burden, died March 13 in Paris. He was 102. The death, at a veterans’ hospital, was announced by the French navy and the presidential Élysée Palace. No cause was noted. For the French public, Adm. de Gaulle represented an evocative connection to his father and the Free French mobilization against Nazi Germany after the fall of Paris in 1940. Adm. de Gaulle bore a close resemblance to his late father, both tall and ramrod straight, and sharing the same aquiline nose and heavy eyelids. Like his father, Adm. de Gaulle also made his way to England to begin France’s resistance in World War II. He crossed the English Channel in June 1940 — along with his mother and two sisters — just days after German troops entered Paris. Philippe learned from a British newspaper story that his father …

The Netherlands pick France’s Naval Group for submarines deal

The Netherlands pick France’s Naval Group for submarines deal

[ad_1] An officer walks in front of a Naval Group logo at the Naval Group’s shipyard in Lorient, western France, on October 4, 2023. LOIC VENANCE / AFP The Netherlands picked French defense company Naval Group on Friday, March 15, to build four submarines for its navy in a deal worth billions of euros that had also been pursued by Swedish and German firms. The decision is a boon for Naval Group, coming three years after it abruptly lost a major contract to build 12 Barracuda submarines for Australia. The Netherlands picked the French firm and its Dutch partner Royal IHC over Germany’s Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and Swedish defense group Saab AB, which was bidding with Dutch shipyard Damen. “With the choice of Naval Group, two naval yards didn’t win and I understand that the disappointment is large,” State Secretary for Defense Christophe van der Maat said in Den Helder, home to the country’s biggest naval base. The French firm “succeeded in offering a balanced, versatile and realistic offer. Dutch industry also has an …

EU Launches Naval Mission to Protect Red Sea Shipping

EU Launches Naval Mission to Protect Red Sea Shipping

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union launched on Monday a naval mission to the Red Sea “to restore and safeguard freedom of navigation” there. The “defensive maritime security operation”, dubbed Eunavfor Aspides, comes after Iranian-aligned Houthi militants started attacking international shipping in the Red Sea in support of Palestinian militant group Hamas in its war with Israel. “The European Union is responding swiftly to the necessity to restore maritime security and freedom of navigation in a highly strategic maritime corridor”, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. “Within its defensive mandate, the operation will provide maritime situational awareness, accompany vessels, and protect them against possible multi-domain attacks at sea,” the statement added. War in Israel and Gaza The statement did not specify how many vessels would be involved and a EU spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But EU diplomats previously told Reuters it would initially involve three vessels under EU command as part of the EU’s so-called Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Germany already …

Iran simulates strike on Israeli base as it showcases naval force | Israel War on Gaza News

Iran simulates strike on Israeli base as it showcases naval force | Israel War on Gaza News

[ad_1] The display is seen as a clear message to Israel and the US as the war in Gaza spreads tensions across the region. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has simulated a strike on a major Israeli airbase, making a show of its naval capabilities. Footage aired by state television on Tuesday showed that the IRGC fired a range of munitions from ships and submarines. The wargame appears a clear message as Israel’s war on Gaza escalates and tensions rise across the region. The footage showed that the IRGC launched missiles from two locations at a re-creation of the Palmachim airbase in Israel. The base is a critical operations centre for the war on Gaza. It has fighter jets in multiple hangars and receives wounded Israeli soldiers for treatment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at Palmachim last month that Tel Aviv will not hesitate to attack Iran. A large number of at least two variants of long-range ballistic missiles, Emad and Qadr, were shown being launched and hitting targets with a …