Time for another weekly Across The Water international navies update …

From China: warships to fight piracy

With so much piracy news floating around the web lately, it‚Äôs easy to overlook the international significance of China‚Äôs¬†decision to send warships to the Horn of Africa region. The Financial Times has¬†pointed¬†out¬†that the¬†deployment marks China’s, “first significant long-range naval combat mission since the 15th century.” A Chinese source recently informed me that the decision was not taken lightly and was only arrived at following much internal debate among government, military and academic officials. The source also¬†informed me that the warships will come from China‚Äôs South Sea Fleet, and that officers and sailors are already lining up to volunteer for the anti-piracy missions.

On 17 December, China acknowledged the successful rescue of a Chinese ship and its crew by members of the multi-national anti-piracy force.

 In South Korea: first of new missile boats commissioned

This past week in South Korea theYoon Young Ha entered service. Commissioned on 17 December, this vessel is the first of a new class of guided missile patrol boats to join the South Korean fleet. Launched on 28 June 2007 the warship is named for a South Korean patrol boat commander who was killed six years ago while fighting against North Korean naval forces in the Yellow Sea. The 450-ton (full load) vessels are also known in naval circles as the Gumdoksuri or PKM X-class.

¬†Additional information on the class was¬†detailed here after the ship’s¬†2007 launch.

 And finally, our international photo of the week You might have missed this one a few month’s back, but here’s a photo of the first South African Navy helicopter to land aboard a U.S. Navy carrier. Photo credit goes to the U.S. Navy and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John M. Stratton. Enjoy!

A South African Navy Aerospatiale SA 330E/H/J ORYX support helicopter prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The landing was a first for the South African Navy on a U.S. aircraft carrier.




Posted by Eric Wertheim in Aviation, Foreign Policy, Maritime Security, Uncategorized


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  • http://www.jimdolbow.blogspot.com Jim Dolbow

    Neat photo of the week. I wonder who keeps the statistics on which nation has landed or not landed aircraft on U.S. carriers. BZ once again

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