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25 March 2016 Military News

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  • ICEX 2016 Camp Operations Conclude Successfully; Submarine Ops Continue NNS 25 Mar 2016 -- The Navy announced March 25 that all primary objectives for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 have been met and the breakdown of Ice Camp Sargo is underway.
  • Mason Sailors Train to Defend Against Sub-Surface Threats NNS 25 Mar 2016 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), assigned to Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, participated in a multi-ship Naval Undersea Warfare Training Assessment Course during the Composite Training Unit Exercise, in preparation for an upcoming overseas deployment.
  • Bataan Well-Deck Operations Begin with AMW 1.3 NNS 25 Mar 2016 -- Well deck operations aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) started March 21 with the implementation of Amphibious Warfare 1.3 and the help of Assault Craft Unit 4.
  • Great Green Fleet Participates in Foal Eagle NNS 25 Mar 2016 -- John C. Stennis Strike Group, the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy's Great Green Fleet, joined the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and the Republic of Korea air force and navy to participate in Maritime Counter Special Operations Force exercise, which is part of the annual Foal Eagle exercise that wrapped up March 24 on the Korean peninsula and surrounding waters.
  • VMU-2 flies RQ-21A in 'Class D' airspace USMC News 25 Mar 2016 -- Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 launched into a new era with its RQ-21A Blackjack flight into Class D airspace, over Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, March 21.
  • Russia says reinforcing military on western border to counter NATO Press TV 25 Mar 2016 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu says the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s growing military build-up in Europe, specially on its eastern frontier with Russia, necessitates a response from Moscow.
  • Russian Army Continues Forming New Divisions in Response to NATO Buildup Sputnik 25 Mar 2016 -- Moscow continues to strengthen its Western Military District in response to NATO's ongoing buildup near Russia's borders.
  • Russia to Boost Military Infrastructure in Arctic, Kurils in 2016-2020 Sputnik 25 Mar 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will focus on the development of military infrastructure in the Arctic and the Kuril Islands in 2016-2020, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
  • Iran: Missile tests are legitimate measures to boost defense might IRNA 25 Mar 2016 -- Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said on Friday that Iran's recent ballistic missile tests were part of ongoing efforts of the armed forces to strengthen the country's legitimate defense capabilities.
  • Iran says missile tests not violate UN resolution Press TV 25 Mar 2016 -- Iran's ambassador to the UN says the country's recent ballistic missile tests do not violate a UN Security Council resolution that endorses Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers.
  • Kim Jong Un Guides Large-scale Intensive Striking Drill of Long-range Artillery Pieces KCNA 25 Mar 2016 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided the large-scale intensive striking drill of long-range artillery pieces of the KPA large combined units on the front for blowing up the Chongwadae and the reactionary ruling machines in Seoul.
  • DPRK carries out long-range artillery drill People's Daily 25 Mar 2016 -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Unhas guided a large-scale striking exercise of long-range artillery, which targeted South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, the official KCNA news agency reported Friday.
  • United Kingdom - P-8A Aircraft and Associated Support DSCA 25 Mar 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for P-8A Aircraft and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $3.2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 24, 2016.
  • Liberia's Defense Minister Denies Politicizing Military VOA 25 Mar 2016 -- Liberia Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has denied politicizing the country's military.

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