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U.S. warships travel Taiwan Strait; China warns against show of force

U.S. warships travel Taiwan Strait; China warns against show of force

Business
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- For the second time this month, U.S. warships on Thursday sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, prompting China to denounce the "provocative actions." The United States said guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine transit through the strait between eastern Nationalist China and the democratically run island of Taiwan that China views as a rouge province. Advertisement "The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement. "The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows." Taiwan's Ministry of Defense confirmed the trip, saying in a statement that the U.S. ships trav...
Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden to protect commercial vessels

Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden to protect commercial vessels

Business
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iran dispatched a destroyer and helicopter carrier to the Gulf of Aden to protect its trade ships, a senior Iranian military official announced on Monday. The destroyer Sahand and the carrier Khark will escort ships "to provide security for Islamic Republic vessels in international waters," Iranian Army Chief of Staff Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said. The Sahand, built in Iran and launched in 2018, is regarded as the most advanced warship in Iran's navy. It is equipped with anti-aircraft artillery, torpedoes and surface-to-surface missiles. The United States has sought to to assemble a coalition to protect shipping in the area following attacks in May and June on oil tankers. In July, a British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran after an Iranian tanker was seized by the U...
Navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch

Navy wants small warships that pack a bigger punch

Technology
The Navy's fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle. The Navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch. The Navy asked this month for concept proposals for multi-mission warships that would be bigger and more heavily armed — and slower — than the littoral combat ships. They would be capable of shooting down airplanes, attacking other ships and countering submarines. "The Navy has decided that speed is less important than having a warship with sufficient weapons to defend itself," said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Lexington Institute. The Navy, which wants to build 20 frigates, is seeking an affordable design, and its directive...
Iran's navy: Warships to be deployed to Gulf of Mexico

Iran's navy: Warships to be deployed to Gulf of Mexico

World
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Iran's new naval commander vowed to send a warship to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, a move that could raise concerns in Washington.Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said he plans to deploy vessels to areas outside the Middle East, and that the warships will visit Latin America, NBC News reported Thursday.Iran's military plans to "wave the flag of our country in the Gulf of Mexico," Khanzadi said."Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico," he said, according to Iran's Fars news agency."The appearance of our vessels in the Mediterranean and Suez Canal shocked the world and the U.S. also made comments on it," the Iranian commander added.Plans to send ship...