Military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey kills 11

An army helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing 11 military personnel and injuring two others, the defence ministry said. The Cougar-type helicopter crashed near the village of Cekmece, close to the town of Tatvan, in the predominantly Kurdish-populated Bitlis province. It was on its way to Tatvan from the nearby province of Bingol when authorities lost contact with it at 2:25pm (11:25 GMT), the ministry said. Nine of the victims died at the crash site, while two died of their injuries in hospital, officials said. The victims included Lieutenant-General Osman Erbas, an army corps commander, said Devlet Bahceli, … Continue reading Military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey kills 11

WWII veteran’s postcard is finally delivered to his family 77 years later

CREDIT: SWNS In 1943, 18-year-old Bill Caldwell wrote a postcard to his uncle Fred in Liverpool describing his first week in England’s Royal Navy during World War II. “Post [this] early in the day,” he told the Royal Mail, according to the BBC. The postcard was finally delivered to Caldwell’s family home 77 years later. Both Caldwell and his uncle have died, but a distant relative, Jack Elomaa, lives at the address and alerted Caldwell’s six children to the postcard’s arrival.  “It was the most surreal thing on a Friday night to suddenly read a postcard that Dad had written 77 … Continue reading WWII veteran’s postcard is finally delivered to his family 77 years later

7 killed as Nigerian military aircraft crashes near Abuja airport

A Nigerian military aircraft has crashed near Abuja airport, killing all seven people on board, according to officials. “First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash,” Ibikunle Daramole, air force spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday. The Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure en route to Minna, he said. Minna is a city about 110km (69 miles) northwest of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. In scrubland just outside the airport perimeter, dozens of military and airport officials picked through the charred remnants of the … Continue reading 7 killed as Nigerian military aircraft crashes near Abuja airport

Two U.S. carrier groups conduct exercises in South China Sea

Two U.S. carrier groups conducted joint exercise in the South China Sea on Tuesday, days after a U.S. warship sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters that have emerged as another flashpoint in strained Sino-U.S. relations. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is pictured as it enters the port in Da Nang, Vietnam The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities”, the U.S Navy said, marking the first dual carrier operations in the busy waterway since July 2020. … Continue reading Two U.S. carrier groups conduct exercises in South China Sea

U.S. carrier group enters S.China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas”, the U.S. military said on Sunday, at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan have raised concern in Washington. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement the strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, the same day Taiwan reported a large incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defence identification zone in the vicinity of the Pratas Islands. The U.S. military said the carrier strike group was in the South China … Continue reading U.S. carrier group enters S.China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

Taiwan has reported a large incursion by Chinese warplanes for the second day running, a show of force that coincides with the first days of US President Joe Biden’s term of office. Sunday’s operation involved 15 aircraft and followed a similar drill that led to a warning from Washington. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state. Analysts say China is testing the level of support of Mr Biden for Taiwan. In the US’s first public remarks on Taiwan since Mr Biden came into power, the US State Department reaffirmed its “rock-solid … Continue reading Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day

North Korea parades new missile

North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night, state media reported, marking the end of a political congress at which leader Kim Jong Un admitted severe failings but pledged to boost the country’s military might. Clad in a black leather coat, gloves and fur hat, Kim smiled and waved as he watched the parade in a flood-lit Kim Il Sung Square. “The world’s most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missiles, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces,” state news agency KCNA reported, … Continue reading North Korea parades new missile

Ethiopia warns Sudan over military build-up amid border tensions

Ethiopia has accused Sudanese forces of pushing further into a contested border region that has been the site of deadly clashes in recent weeks, warning that its “peaceful” approach to the dispute “has its limit”. Sharing a 1,600km (994mile) frontier, the two neighbouring countries have long feuded over the al-Fashqa region, where Ethiopian farmers cultivate fertile land claimed by Sudan. The border tensions come at a time when Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are also trying to resolve a three-way dispute over the controversial dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). “The … Continue reading Ethiopia warns Sudan over military build-up amid border tensions

US navy ships arrive in Somalia for withdrawal

The United States military has deployed a group of navy ships off the coast of Somalia to support the withdrawal of some 700 personnel from the country, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and accompanying ships arrived off the Horn of Africa on Monday, 16 days after President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of troops who had been in Somalia for years conducting operations against the al-Shabab armed group. The naval group is to help relocate the US military and civilian personnel from Somalia “to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on … Continue reading US navy ships arrive in Somalia for withdrawal

China aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait raising alarm

An aircraft carrier group led by China’s newest carrier, the Shandong, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on its way to routine drills in the South China Sea, China’s navy said on Monday, after Taiwan mobilized its forces to monitor the convoy. The Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait a day after a US warship passed through the same stretch of sea. China’s navy said the Shandong and its accompanying ships had “smoothly” travelled through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Sunday, heading for exercises in the South China Sea, where China has made extensive territorial claims in the disputed waters. The … Continue reading China aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait raising alarm

Singapore oil tanker hit by blast off Saudi Arabia

An oil tanker off Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah has been hit by an unidentified “external source” that caused a fire and an explosion, a shipping company said, suggesting another vessel has come under attack off the kingdom amid it’s years-long war in Yemen. In a statement on Monday, shipping company Hafnia said all 22 sailors on board the Singapore-flagged BW Rhine escaped without injury. The company warned it was possible some oil leaked out from the site of the blast. “BW Rhine has been hit from an external source whilst discharging at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at approximately 00:40 … Continue reading Singapore oil tanker hit by blast off Saudi Arabia

Russian navy to join first drill with NATO members in 10 years

Russia’s navy has said it will join a military exercise next year that will become it’s first joint drill with NATO countries in 10 years. In a statement on Thursday, Russia’s Southern Military District said the country’s navy would participate in the Aman-2021 exercise that is due to take place in February off the coast of Pakistan, a total of 30 countries will take part in the drills, with 10 engaging their fleets and the rest sending observers. The participating countries include Russia, Pakistan, China and Japan, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement from the Black Sea … Continue reading Russian navy to join first drill with NATO members in 10 years