12 March 2011 Military News
- AMC forces poised to support humanitarian operations in Japan AFNS 12 Mar 2011 -- Air Mobility Command forces are poised to support relief operations in Japan after the earthquakes and resulting tsunamis that have struck the nation, according to AMC officials.
- Marines conducts emergency actions in wake of earthquake, tsunami USMC News 12 Mar 2011 -- Marines and sailors stood up an emergency operations center to facilitate the evacuation of U.S. service members living in low-lying areas around Okinawa, March 11.
- US Delivers Aid in Disaster-Stricken Japan VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- The U.S. military is mobilizing humanitarian relief efforts in Japan, after the government there requested foreign assistance to help those in need following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
- USS Blue Ridge readies to provide aid to Japan NNS 12 Mar 2011 -- Seventh Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sailors and embarked 7th Fleet staff members are preparing for humanitarian aid and disaster relief support operations while sailing toward the eastern coast of mainland Japan March 13.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Gates Calls for Mideast Reform, Recaps Message to NATO AFPS 12 Mar 2011 -- En route to Washington after leaving Bahrain today, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said while Bahrain’s rulers are serious about coming to terms with the opposition, governments across the region must understand that reforms must come, and quickly.
- Media Availability with Secretary Gates en route to Andrews Air Force Base from Manama, Bahrain DoD 12 Mar 2011 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- State Department Official Criticizes Treatment Of Soldier At Center Of WikiLeaks Scandal RFE/RL 12 Mar 2011 -- U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley criticized the Pentagon for being "stupid" in its handling of Private Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who illegally accessed hundreds of thousands of U.S. military and diplomatic cables and turned them over to WikiLeaks.
- John Paul Jones Completes Sea Trials, Continues with Modernization Upgrade NNS 12 Mar 2011 -- USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) concluded sea trials, March 4, marking the completion of the first phase of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.
- Enterprise VLA Team is Vital to Successful Flight Operations NNS 12 Mar 2011 -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Visual Landing Aids (VLA) team continued its ongoing mission of keeping a watchful eye on all aspects of the carrier's flight operations, March 11.
- USS Greeneville Returns from Western Pacific Deployment NNS 12 Mar 2011 -- USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 11, after a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.
- MSC Ships Support Operations during Pacific Horizon 2011 NNS 12 Mar 2011 -- Two Military Sealift Command ships will wrap up operations in support of Exercise Pacific Horizon 2011, off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 13.
- Arab League votes for no-fly zone over Libya RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Arab League foreign ministers voted on Saturday to ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
- Libyan rebels council asks Arab League recognition RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Libya's National Transitional Council set up by anti-Gaddafi rebels as a ruling body in the east of the country has asked the Arab League to recognize it as a legitimate authority, Egyptian media said on Saturday.
- Russia opposes foreign military intervention in Libya RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Foreign military intervention in Libya is inadmissible in any form, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
- UN humanitarian official arrives in Libya to discuss aid delivery UN News Centre 12 Mar 2011 -- The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Libya, Rashid Khalikov, arrived in Tripoli today for discussions with authorities that will focus on access for aid workers who need to travel across the country to assess the requirements of those affected by the unrest and ensure that assistance is delivered to them.
- Libyan Government Closes in on Former Rebel Strongholds VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- Libyan government forces are advancing on the city of Misurata, one of the few western regions to remain under rebel control.
- Arab League Wants Libyan 'No-Fly' Zone VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo Saturday ended a closed door session by calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
- UN Commission to Investigate Abuse in Libya VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed three high-level experts to investigate alleged human rights violations during the ongoing political turmoil in Libya. The Council adopted a resolution to launch an international independent investigation during a special session on Libya last month, which also suspended Libya’s membership in the Council.
- Explosion at Japan’s nuclear plant IRNA 12 Mar 2011 -- An explosion occurred at Japan’s nuclear power plant in Fukushima Saturday, Japanese media reported.
- Japan officials try to allay radiation scare from Fukushima reactor IRNA 12 Mar 2011 -- Officials try to calm residents wary of a possible radiation leak -- or worse -- at the Fukushima power plant, which lost its cooling system in Friday's massive earthquake.
- Japanese Officials Downplay Radiation Risks In Quake Aftermath RFE/RL 12 Mar 2011 -- Japanese officials now say an explosion today at an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant destroyed the building where the plant's reactor is located but did not damage the metal housing that protects the reactor core.
- Japan reactor container 'undamaged,' radiation 'falling' RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- There was no explosion in the reactor container at a nuclear power station in the earthquake-hit Fukushima prefecture, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Saturday.
- Radiation 'high' at Japan nuclear plant RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- The radiation level near the Fukushima Number One nuclear power station rose to 1,015 mircrosieverts per hour on Saturday, the prefecture said.
- Japan wrestling with nuclear plant blast, quake aftermaths RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Radiation levels at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant are within the norm, and the blast only hit the surface of the unit, leaving the reactor intact, a government spokesman said on Saturday.
- Fears of nuclear disaster rise in quake-hit Japan RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Fears of a radioactive leak are rising in Japan, which is struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the north of the country on Friday, killing at least 703 people.
- Some 215,000 evacuated from quake-hit areas in Japan RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2011 -- Japanese authorities evacuated about 215,000 residents from areas worst affected by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, police said on Saturday.
- Japan informs UN atomic watchdog of explosion at nuclear power plant UN News Centre 12 Mar 2011 -- The United Nations atomic watchdog agency today reported that Japan's nuclear safety body has informed it of an explosion at one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was affected by yesterday's massive earthquake, and that an assessment is under way.
- Second Japanese Nuclear Reactor At Risk of Exploding VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- Nuclear safety agency says the cooling system has stopped working at the Fukushima number three reactor
- US Nuclear Experts Worry About Possible Japan Reactor Meltdown VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- Tens of thousands of residents near a nuclear plant in Japan were evacuated Saturday after an explosion at the plant, 240 kilometers north of Tokyo. The reactor failure follows a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on Friday.
- Police Disperse Second Day Of Antigovernment Protests in Baku RFE/RL 12 Mar 2011 -- Several hundred opposition protesters held a rally in downtown Baku for a second day today, RFE/RL's Azeri Service reports.
- Gates Says Bahraini Leaders Serious About Reform VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew out of Bahrain Saturday afternoon after meeting with the king and crown prince about political reforms, and just ahead of another demonstration in Manama.
- Ban voices concern over excessive use of force against demonstrators in Yemen UN News Centre 12 Mar 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed great concern over the deteriorating situation in Yemen and condemned the excessive use of force by security forces against peaceful demonstrators in the country's capital Sana'a, which left several people dead and many others injured.
- Numerous Casualties After Yemeni Police Storm Anti-Government Sit-In VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- Government security forces stormed a protest camp in the Yemeni capital Sana'a early Saturday. Protesters say at least one person was killed and at least 300 injured. At least two more people were reported killed during protests elsewhere in the capital and across Yemen on Saturday and dozens more were reported injured.
- Congressman Vows to Continue Controversial Islamic Radicalization Hearings VOA 12 Mar 2011 -- The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, is vowing to continue to hold hearings on the controversial topic of the "radicalization of American Muslims." Thursday’s first hearing attracted a large crowd of reporters, activists and spectators outside the hearing room, and had emotions bubbling over inside the room on Capitol Hill.
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