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Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Gibraltar has rejected a request by the US to again seize an Iranian tanker that it has been holding since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria.The US made the last-minute request on Friday, a day after Gibraltar lifted its detention order against Grace 1.Gibraltar said it could not comply with Washington's request to issue a new detention order because US sanctions against Iran did not apply in the EU.The tanker is due to leave Gibraltar later on Sunday, Iran's UK envoy says.Tehran said it was ready to dispatch its navy to escort the ship, which has had its named changed from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya 1. Iran, tankers and the Gulf crisis explained What's so important about a ship's flag? T...
Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

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Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Under political heat, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reluctantly loosened the ban Saturday to let 27 unaccompanied minors off the stranded migrant rescue ship. The humanitarian ship operated by Spanish nonprofit group Proactiva Open Arms has been stranded off the Italian island of Lampedusa, and an Italian court ruled earlier in the week to allow it to dock in Italy despite Salvini's ban against the ship docking in Italy. Salvini, who came to power with anti-immigrant sentiment, had been in political standoff with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte before loosening the ban. On Saturday, he authorized the disembarkation of 27 unaccompanied minors off the ship though he said he was doing so "against his will" and only because the prime minister asked him to ...
USS Billings undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking moored ship

USS Billings undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking moored ship

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June 27 (UPI) -- The USS Billings, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, is undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking a moored merchant ship last week. The Billings, which was delivered to the Navy in February and is designated as LCS 15, made contact with the bulk carrier Rosaire Desgagnes as it was leaving its slip at 2 p.m. Friday, a U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Two tugs were assisting the warship named for the city in Montana when the starboard side of the warship made contact with the port side of the carrier moored at the pier at Montreal's Sainte-Marie neighborhood. "Billings sustained minor damage above the waterline," Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson told USNI News. "While the ship is able to safely transit to its homeport, Naval Station Mayport, Fla., the ship will temporar...
Future littoral combat ship Indianapolis completes acceptance trials

Future littoral combat ship Indianapolis completes acceptance trials

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June 26 (UPI) -- LCS 17, the U.S. Navy littoral combat ship soon to be named the USS Indianapolis, has completed its acceptance trials, designer Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday. The trials, on Lake Michigan, were competed on June 19, concluding the vessel's final milestone before it is delivered to the Navy. It was built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine's facilities in Marinette, Wis., and is expected to be commissioned as the USS Indianapolis in October. The Navy conducted over 100 trials of the ship before declaring its acceptance. "LCS 17 is joining the second-largest class of ships in the U.S. Navy fleet, and we are proud to get the newest littoral combat ship one step closer to delivery," said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president "This ship is lethal and flexible, and ...
Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

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June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of its newest littoral combat ship, to be named the USS Cincinnati, in ceremonies in Mobile, Ala. The ship, designated LCS 20, is a relatively small surface vessel designed for near-shore Navy operations, and is the 10th in the Navy's Independence class. The delivery on Friday marks the official transfer of the ship from its builder, Austal USA, to the Navy. It will be commissioned and officially named in ceremonies later this year in Gulfport, Miss. "This is a great day for the Navy and our country with the delivery of the future USS Cincinnati," said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. "I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this great ship alongside the crew later this year. This ship will play an essential role in in ca...