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31 March 2013 Military News

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  • PACAF, Japan Airmen conduct ISR exchange AFNS 31 Mar 2013 -- Pacific Air Forces' Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Airmen visited their Japanese counterparts at Naha and Kadena Air Base, Japan March 11 to 13 to find new ways to enhance ISR bilateral cooperation between the U.S. Air Force and the Koku-jieitai, or Japan Air Self Defense Force.
  • Nimitz Sets Sail for Sustainment Exercise NNS 31 Mar 2013 -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., March 30, to embark Carrier Air Wing 11 for a scheduled Sustainment Training Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
  • USS Tortuga Underway for Exercise Balikatan 2013 NNS 31 Mar 2013 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) departed White Beach, Okinawa, to participate in the 29th annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. Military exercise Balikatan.
  • Manila forces US to compensate for reef damage Iran Press TV 31 Mar 2013 -- The Philippines has pressured Washington to pay compensation for environmental damage caused when a US minesweeper ran aground in a UNESCO-listed World Heritage coral reef in the Southeast Asian country's waters.
  • Getting CROWS ready to 'fly' again-reclaiming serviceable components for return to the Warfighter Army News 31 Mar 2013 -- The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS, was initially tested by the Army in late 2008.
  • Russian Troops Return to Base After Surprise Black Sea Drills RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2013 -- Troops of Russia's Southern Military District have returned to their base after taking part in surprise Black Sea exercises ordered by President Vladimir Putin, the military district's press office said on Sunday.
  • Peru to Buy 24 Russian Helicopters – Media RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2013 -- Peru's government will buy 24 Russian Mil Mi-171 (Hip) helicopters worth overall $406.8 million to use them in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, local media reported.
  • Minister: Iran ready to offer demining expertise without any political motivation IRNA 31 Mar 2013 -- Minister of Defense and Logistics of Armed Forces, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to offer its mine sweeping expertise on humanitarian ground without political considerations.

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