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14 May 2020 Military News

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  • DON Signs MOA with DOI, USFWS and USGS NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Department of the Navy (DON) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) virtually via video conference 14 May.
  • US Defence Department Awards Boeing $2.6 Billion in Cruise Missile Contracts Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- US aerospace giant Boeing won two cruise missile contracts worth over $2.6 billion combined to support foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia and six other countries, the Defence Department said in a press release.
  • Pentagon Seeks Congressional OK Over $17.7 Billion Deal for Columbia-Class Submarines Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The US Department of Defense is requesting congressional authorization to strike a potential $17.7 billion deal with General Dynamics for two nuclear-powered, Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.
  • Jordanian King Stresses Need for Partnership DoD News 14 May 2020 -- Partnership is the lifeblood of special operations forces, King Abdullah II of Jordan told the attendees of the National Defense Industrial Association's virtual conference.
  • Ford Commences Second Round of Carrier Qualifications NNS 14 May 2020 -- USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the only carrier qualification (CQ) asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, commenced its second round of CQs for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) pilots May 10, with a healthy and mission-focused crew.
  • USS Lassen, Embarked Coast Guard Team Recover Illegal Drugs in Caribbean NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team recovered more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, May 2.
  • Sailors on Destroyer USS Roosevelt Join in Arctic Circle Ceremony NNS 14 May 2020 -- Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile Aegis destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) participated in a ceremony to become "Blue Nose" Sailors, May 3, days after the ship crossed over the Arctic Circle.
  • USS Donald Cook Applies Lessons for Second Trip to Arctic NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile Aegis destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) on May 11 concluded operations in the Barents Sea as part of a second mission above the Arctic Circle.
  • VAW-117 Carrier Qualifies on Ford, Transitions to E-2D Advanced Hawkeye NNS 14 May 2020 -- The Navy's newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), contributed to another milestone for naval aviation during carrier qualifications (CQ) for the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW-117) May 12.
  • U.S. opposes verification of biological weapon production: Russian FM People's Daily 14 May 2020 -- The United States categorically opposes the adoption of a protocol to the convention of banning biological and toxin weapons, which would establish a mechanism to verify compliance by member countries with their obligation not to produce such weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
  • Pentagon Reports Number of COVID-19 Cases Among Servicemembers Approaches 5,500 Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The number of novel coronavirus infections among US military servicemembers approaches 5,500, while the total number including infections among families, contractors and civilian personnel has increased to 8,297, the US Department of Defense announced in a fact sheet on Thursday.
  • Benelux stands up COVID-19 facility in less than 30 days Army News 14 May 2020 -- Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army Benelux workforce did not know the extent to which the disease would spread within Belgium, within the garrison community, nor with what rapidity.
  • Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 14 May 2020
  • US Warship Sails Through Waterway Separating China and Taiwan VOA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.
  • US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait Before Separatist President's Inauguration Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy has announced one of its destroyers transited the Taiwan Strait, separating autonomous Taiwan from mainland China - the sixth such transit this year. This one, however, comes amid media reports of Chinese plans to seize islands controlled by Taipei, and a week before Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen is sworn in for a second term.
  • U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait; sixth this year CNA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. warship has been transiting the Taiwan Strait since Wednesday on routine operations, according to Taiwan's defense ministry and the United States' Pacific Fleet on Thursday.
  • US Navy destroyer 'sails through Taiwan Strait' Press TV 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers has sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait, a provocative move likely to anger China.
  • The Multinational MRTT Fleet project makes steady progress NATO 14 May 2020 -- The current global crisis has emphasised the need for multinational cooperation and the ability of Allied armed forces to respond to a broad range of missions in different operating environments. In this context, the newest NSPA multinational programme, the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MMF), stands out as a unique example of successful cooperation among NATO and EU Agencies and nations, enabling participating nations to be flexible and to rapidly respond to emergencies in multiple capability domains.
  • NATO Secretary General discusses current security challenges with President Erdogan NATO 14 May 2020 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the President's request, on Thursday (14 May 2020). They discussed NATO's ongoing efforts to support Allies in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NATO Looks to Ensure Health Crisis Doesn't Become Security Crisis DoD News 14 May 2020 -- NATO was created to deal with crises, and the alliance continues as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, said the chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels.
  • Coronavirus response: United States transports aid in Italy using NATO's Rapid Air Mobility initiative NATO 14 May 2020 -- A United States Air Force Super Hercules C-130J transported medical and other relief supplies between Milan and Rome on Wednesday (13 May 2020), helping Italy with its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The operation helped redistribute more than 15,000 kilograms of supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits between Italian distribution hubs. The flight from the US 86th Airlift Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is the first in a planned series of US Air Forces mobility support operations to Italy.
  • NATO Secretary General thanks Slovenia for support in COVID-19 fight NATO 14 May 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Prime Minister Janez Janša for Slovenia's solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in a call on Thursday (14 May 2020). Mr. Stoltenberg also expressed appreciation for Slovenia's continued contributions to NATO, including the deployment of Slovenian troops in Kosovo.
  • NATO Secretary General: Security challenges not diminishing because of COVID-19 NATO 14 May 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed a meeting of NATO Chiefs of Defence on Thursday (14 May 2020) by videoconference. He stressed that security challenges have not diminished because of COVID-19 and NATO must continue to ensure that the health crisis does not turn into a security crisis.
  • China deploys AEW, anti-submarine aircraft on South China Sea's Yongshu Reef: report Global Times 14 May 2020 -- Recent foreign satellite images suggest that China has deployed early warning aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft on the Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea amid increased US military activities in the region, as Chinese experts said on Thursday that China has the right to deploy defensive weapons there according to military threats China is facing.
  • PLA kicks off drills on northern coast Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China on Thursday kicked off a two-and-a-half month series of military exercises on the northern coast. The drills are more likely to be a regular period of internal training aimed at boosting the combat ability of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and putting its advanced air defense weapons to the test, rather than targeting the island of Taiwan as some reports by Taiwan media have suggested, analysts said.
  • Chinese military to recruit university students for non-commissioned officer roles PLA Daily 14 May 2020 -- China's military is recruiting university graduates for non-commissioned officer roles for the first time, according to the recruiting office of the Ministry of National Defense.
  • Retired comprehensive supply ship handed over for museum collection PLA Daily 14 May 2020 -- The retired naval comprehensive supply ship Hongzehu (Hull 881) was officially removed from the PLA Navy and handed over to the Memorial Hall for the Birthplace of PLA Navy in Taizhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province on May 12, 2020. It will be the permanent collection there and open to the public.
  • Assisting Army, Proud Tradition of DPRK Citizens KCNA 14 May 2020 -- Citizens of the DPRK are assisting with all sincerity the Korean People's Army (KPA) which makes breakthrough of advance taking charge of both national defence and socialist construction.
  • A credible nuclear deterrent remains needed U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Germany 14 May 2020 -- By Richard A. Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany
  • OP Samudrasetu- INS Jalashwa Returns to Maldives for Phase 2 India PIB 14 May 2020 -- Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa has returned to Male, Maldives to begin Phase 2 of Operation SamudraSetu - repatriation of Indian Nationals from foreign shores by sea. The ship will enter Male port in the early hours of 15 May 20 and begin embarkation of Indian citizens who have already registered with the Indian Embassy in Maldives.
  • India Vows to Expedite Infrastructure Development Along China Border Amid Stand-Off Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- India and China have been in a border stand-off across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for two weeks. The tensions between the neighbouring countries began in eastern Ladakh during the last week in April, when both sides moved troops up to the border area.
  • Israeli Air Force to Shutter F-16 Squadron, Focus on F-35s Amid Modernization Effort Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The newly announced decision to shutter the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) oldest F-16 squadron came as a direct result of the military's large-scale, multi-year "Momentum" plan, which seeks to enhance the lethality of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and signals a targeted focus on Iran.
  • Boeing secures cruise missile contracts with Saudi Arabia Press TV 14 May 2020 -- American aircraft-manufacturing giant Boeing has secured two military contracts to provide hundreds of cruise missiles to Saudi Arabia, a US ally that has been leading a brutal war on impoverished Yemen.
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 14 May 2020

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