Happy New Year to the USNI Blogosphere!

Here’s an International holiday update for all of our Across the Water readers …

From Brazil: New Defense Strategy Announced : On 23 December 2008 Brazil and France signed a $12 billion arms deal that included Brazil’s purchase of fifty EC-725 transport helicopters, four Franco-Spanish designed Scorpène-class submarines and additional French assistance with the non-nuclear portions of a long planned Brazilian nuclear attack submarine. Just a few days before the deal with France was announced, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva unveiled the requirement for a new National Defense Strategy. 

From Russia: Warships Conclude Cuba Visit : The Russian Udaloy-II-class destroyer Admiral Chabanenko, along with the Boris Chilikin-class replenishment oiler Ivan Bubnov and Silva-class tug SB-406 departed Cuban waters on 23 December following the first such Russian visit there since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The three ships formed part of a larger Russian naval tour in the Caribbean that also included warship visits to Venezuela, Panama and Nicaragua. 

An Iraqi coastal patrol boat assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 patrols the Persian Gulf waters near the Al Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) as the Republic of Singapore transport dock ship RSS Resolution (LST 208) (background) is underway off the coast of Iraq. CTF-158 is responsible for ensuring the security of Iraq's ABOT and the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT) in support of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1790. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

An Iraqi coastal patrol boat assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 patrols the Persian Gulf waters near the Al Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) as the Republic of Singapore transport dock ship RSS Resolution (LST 208) (background) is underway off the coast of Iraq. CTF-158 is responsible for ensuring the security of Iraq

 

And this edition’s international navies photos is …

An Iraqi coastal patrol boat patroling Persian Gulf waters as the Republic of Singapore Tank Landing Ship RSS Resolution (LST 208) can be seen underway in the background. Photo credit: U.S. Navy.

Till next time and Happy New Year!




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