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04 September 2018 Military News

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  • Dunford Gets Greek View of Regional Challenges AFPS 04 Sep 2018 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he very much welcomed seeing the Eastern Mediterranean region "through a Greek lens" as he finished consultations with his counterpart, Greek navy Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis, the chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
  • Royal Australian Navy Delegation Visits NSWC Dahlgren Division in Wake of RIMPAC 2018 NNS 04 Sep 2018 -- Australian military officials touring Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), received briefings on U.S. Navy technical programs ranging from directed energy to human systems integration, Aug. 16.
  • NAVSTA Rota, USS Cook, USS Porter Integrates Major Fire Drill NNS 04 Sep 2018 -- Personnel assigned to Naval Station Rota, Spain and Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Porter (DDG 78) conducted and completed their third annual major integrated fire drill onboard the Cook Aug. 29, 2018.
  • Colombia Takes the Lead in UNITAS LIX, Hosts Multinational Exercise NNS 04 Sep 2018 -- Gathering in Cartagena, Colombian naval forces are taking the helm for UNITAS LIX, hosting 11 countries' naval maritime forces during the annual exercise from Aug. 31 – Sept. 11.
  • Navy Takes Delivery of Future USS Charleston (LCS 18) NNS 04 Sep 2018 -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard Aug. 31.
  • Navy to Conduct Emergency Preparedness Exercise NNS 04 Sep 2018 -- For two days in September, Commander, Navy Installation Command, Regions Southwest and Northwest along with their installations and tenant commands will be testing their abilities to respond to a major earthquake and what follows next.
  • Pentagon awards Boeing $800 million contract for refueling drones Press TV 04 Sep 2018 -- The Pentagon has granted US aerospace giant Boeing an $805-million contract to produce mid-air refueling drones for the US Navy.
  • Italy takes up NATO air patrols over Iceland NATO 04 Sep 2018 -- Four Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets have arrived at Iceland's Keflavik Air Base, and from today (4 September 2018) they will help ensure the safety of Iceland's airspace. Over the next few weeks, the Italian pilots will provide intercept capabilities and train together with the Icelandic Coast Guard and the NATO Control and Reporting Centre. The Italian jets will complement the air surveillance which Iceland executes with its four remote radar and communication sites.
  • UK's Warplane Deal With Qatar May Cost 'Billions' of Taxpayers' Money – Report Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- In December 2017, the UK defense giant BAE Systems clinched a deal with Qatar to sell the Gulf nation 24 Typhoon fighter jets as well as a package comprising weapons, pilot training and maintenance.
  • UK may lose billions of taxpayer money over Qatar military deal: Report Press TV 04 Sep 2018 -- The UK government could end up losing billions of its taxpayer money because it has underwritten a major military deal to sell Typhoon fighter jets to Qatar.
  • S.Korea in talks with DPRK on opening date of joint liaison office People's Daily 04 Sep 2018 -- South Korea's unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs said Monday that Seoul was in talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the opening date of the joint liaison office to increase communications between the two sides.
  • Chinese and Nigerien peacekeepers conduct joint defense drill in Mali People's Daily 04 Sep 2018 -- To address the grim security situation in Mali's Menaka region, a contingent in Menaka assigned to the 6th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Mali carried out a joint defense drill with the Nigerien peacekeeping infantry battalion on Aug. 29, in a bid to jointly enhance the capabilities to deal with emergencies. Menaka has been on an "Orange Alert", a high-risk level, since the deployment of the Chinese peacekeeping contingent in early July this year. As of the end of August, there have been 21 terrorist attacks with more than 90 casualties in the area.
  • Indian MiG-27 Fighter Jet Crashes in Rajasthan - Defense Ministry Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 fighter jet crashed on Tuesday during a routine flight near the city of Jodhpur in the country's northern state of Rajasthan, and the pilot has managed to eject safely, Indian Defense Ministry spokesman Sombit Ghosh said.
  • Influential Iranian Cleric Rejects Europe's Demand For Talks On Ballistic Missiles RFE/RL 04 Sep 2018 -- An influential Iranian cleric says Europe is not helping to preserve a nuclear accord between Iran and world powers by demanding additional talks on issues like Tehran's ballistic missiles, the country's state media reported.
  • Israel Declines To Rule Out Strikes On Iranian Military Targets In Iraq RFE/RL 04 Sep 2018 -- Israel's defense minister has said the Jewish state will not rule out staging air strikes on suspected Iranian military targets in Iraq after carrying out deadly raids on Iranian facilities in neighboring Syria in recent years.
  • Philippines' Duterte Touts Israel as 'the Only Country' to Buy Arms From Sputnik 04 Sep 2018 -- On September 2, Rodrigo Duterte started his four-day official visit to Israel, the first by a Philippine president since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1957. The schedule includes a visit to a display of advanced weapons and equipment organized by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

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