US Navy – Little progress has been made in releasing the EP-3 and its crew. The pilot of the Chinese aircraft had been photographed on previous intercepts behaving in a reckless manner. Complete overhead imagery has been made of available of the airplane and the airbase it is at.
Royal Australian Navy – HMAS Warramunga is the third of the Anzac frigates to enter service.
US Navy – background – There continue to be leaks about the review of the US military that is currently underway. Carriers seem to be at risk.
US Navy – Still no progress in the EP-3 standoff. Images in the Chinese press show the damage sustained by the EP-3; overhead imagery by SpaceImaging.com shows the EP-3 still parked on the runway.
Taiwanese Navy – The US Navy has decided to recommend the sale of Kidd-class destroyers, submarines, and the Aegis weapons platform to Taiwan – but most probably only the sale of the Kidd’s will occur.
Black Sea – Background – Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania have set up a joint naval force for humanitarian and environmental operations. The force is called Blackseafor and will be based in Istanbul.
US Navy – US diplomats have met with the crew of the EP-3; the plane was said to have been severely damaged by the collision; China refuses to release the crew or the aircraft and is said to be stripping equipment from the plane.
This is the first air-to-air collision between US and Chinese aircraft; but US and Chinese forces nearly came to blows in 1994 which resulted in a Military Maritime Consultation Agreement which was signed between the two countries in 1998.
The commander of the squadron the plane was assigned to says the Chinese pilot must have caused the accident.
Meanwhile, the damage to intelligence collection is potentially huge.
US Navy – Further analysis of the EP-3 incident, with the suggestion that the plane may instead be a P-3B/C Iron Clad variant.
US Navy – A US Navy EP-3 signals intelligence aircraft that was on a reconnaisance mission in international waters has collided with a Chinese air force fighter and was forced to land in China on Hainan island. The US is demanding release of the crew and the aircraft. The destroyers USS Hewitt, Fitzgerald and Higgins are standing by. None of the US crew members are reported to be injured, the Chinese pilot is missing. The incident bears a resemblance of the USS Pueblo incident from 1968???
Taiwanese Navy – The US may not want to sell AEGIS cruisers to Taiwan because it may feel that Taiwan may not be able to operate such a complex ship.
US Navy – An author of a recent book on US Navy ballistic missile submarines recalls how a submarine he was cruising on almost collided with a buoy.
NOSI will not publish Saturday and Sunday and will be back on Monday.
US Navy – The fate of the DD-21 Land Attack Destroyer hangs in the balance as the Pentagon performs its defense review.
Indian Navy – More background on the Indian arms procurement scandal.
US Navy – The US Navy is worried by reports emerging from the ongoing Bush defense review that suggest its carrier force may be trimmed.
Indian Navy – Massive corruption, primarily in the area of procurement, is severely weakening the Indian armed forces.
US Navy – A US Navy ship will make a port visit to Changi Naval Base, the new base of the Singaporean Navy. The intent is to strengthen US ties with Singapore and the stability of the region.
US Navy – ???meanwhile US Navy port visits are becoming less popular in Japan???
Sri Lankan Navy – The Sri Lankan Navy has lost another gunboat to the Tamil Sea Tigers.
Singaporean Navy – The Indian and Singaporean navies are holding regular joint exercises off India.
Russian Navy – A new theory on the Kursk disaster is put forth by Norman Friedman, the distinguished naval analyst. In short, there is evidence to suggest the Kursk was sunk by an antisubmarine weapon accidentally launched from a Russian Navy surface ship???
Italian Navy – The Italian Navy is currently testing a new 127mm rapid fire gun.
Background – Naval Forces – a thorough review of naval construction programs over the last 12 months by A. D. Baker III, who is is editor of Combat Fleets of the World.
US Navy – The USS Winston S. Churchill, a Flight II-A Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, was placed into commission. There is a permanent billet for a Royal Navy officer onboard.
US Navy – A description of the heroic efforts undertaken to save the USS Cole from sinking after it was attacked.
South Korean Navy – The President of South Korea has pledged to upgrade its navy with Aegis-equipped destroyers and submarines.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – A synopsis of how the Japanese handled a situation in 1988 when one of its submarines accidentally sunk a Japanese fishing trawler.
US Navy – The captain of the USS Greeneville testified publically at the court-of-inquiry.
Phillipine Navy – The Phillipine Navy continues to observe Chinese activity in the Scarborough Shoal.
US Navy – Two reports on the progress of the US Navy court of inquiry regarding the USS Greeneville.
US Navy – An update on the investigation regarding the US Navy F/A-18 that killed several troops in a friendly-fire incident in Kuwait last week.
Background – Submarine Rescue Technology – A review of the state-of-the-art in submarine rescue technology.
Background – The world in 2015 – Another description of the CIA’s study, “Global Trends 2015″ that gives a chilling prediction of the threats US forces will face in 15 years.
Tamil Sea Tigers – The Tamil Sea Tigers are employing stealth technology in the craft they are using to attack the Sri Lankan Navy.
Background – Taiwan – How the new US administration is changing its policy towards China and Taiwan.
US Navy – An analysis of the recent attack on the Iraqi air defense system by William Arkin. Special attention is paid to the Joint Stand Off Weapon used by Navy F/A-18’s in the attack.
US Navy – What will it take to repair the threadworn US military? Probably something that we are unwilling to do???
NOSI is taking its annual 2 week break and will be back on March 16th. See you then???
US Navy – A brief log of the USS Abraham Lincoln battlegroup’s most recent cruise, recently completed.
Indian Navy – The Indian Navy continues to negotiate with Russia for the lease of a nuclear submarine.
Indian Navy – India called for assistance in combating the growing problems of piracy, drug-trafficking and gun-running in the region’s troubled sea lanes. The President of India also stated that “The security of the seas was necessary for the independence and prosperity and security of nations as well as for world peace.”
US Navy – The US intends to substantially upgrade air and naval facilities at Rota, in Spain — but there will be local opposition .
NATO – NATO’s annual Dogfish antisubmarine warfare exercise is now underway in the Mediterranean.
US Navy – While it seems less and less likely the MV-22 Osprey will make it into production, the helicopter it is to replace, the CH-46, is becoming less and less useable.
Taiwanese Navy – The Taiwanese task force exercising in the Pacific Ocean will not be allowed to call in the Marshall Islands.
US Navy – A journalist reflects on the open access she experienced during a cruise on the Trident-class submarine USS Ohio???
US Navy – ???while a crewman claimed that civilians distracted him from doing his job plotting surface contacts on the USS Greenville???
US Navy – ???as the US Navy’s public relations disaster continues???and may impact negatively on the US – Japan defense relationship, specifically in regards to US bases on Okinawa???
Russian Navy – The Russian investigation into the sinking of the Kursk is coming to the conclusion it was caused by a problem with its torpedos.
Royal Navy – The newest Trident ballistic missile submarine, HMS Vengeance, has become operational.
US Navy – Another essay on how the abbreviated defense review being undertaken by the Pentagon may have a far-reaching impact on all the armed services.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian air force will ground half of its aircraft due to lack of funds, including its CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft.