NEWS UPDATES 0830 CST 8/13/2012
Photo: Sailing Vessel Alexander Humbolt
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Russia demonstrates MIG 29 on Aircraft Carrier for Indian Navy Potential Purchase: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/08/12/mig-29-performs-test-flights-for-indian-navy-from-aircraft-carrier/
Chinese War Ship Completes Historic Visit to Bulgaria
The Missile frigate YANTAI of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) wrapped up its historic visit to Bulgaria and has left the port of Varna. Source: PLA DAILY-
No word in this release of next port.
TAIWAN: Navy Admiral Summoned in Inquiry Into Military Exercise Blunder
During an exercise in late July in the waters off of eastern Taiwan, Rear admiral Chang Feng-chiang , the former commander of the 168th Fleet sailed his fleet off course and headed toward the Japanese Island of Yonaguni, about 100 Kilometers (62 miles) . The action set off alarms in Japan. The Admiral has already been relieved of his post. The intention of the continuing inquiry has not been announced. The Admiral has argued previously that he cabled his superiors his intend to leave the normal exercise area and received no reply. He took the lack of response as permission.
Iran Mostly Vacates Malta's Open Registry To Avoid Sanctions.
Iran has depended on "Open Registries" sometimes called "Flags of Convenience" to avoid internationally imposed sanctions for some time. "Open registries" allow ships with no real connection to the flag state to register and fly the flag of the nation operating th eship registry. Some "open registries" are more responsible and transparent than other. Generally Malta, Liberia, and Panama are cooperative with the IMO, other international organizations and Coast Guard like organizations around the world. According to the Malta Independent 79 ships of Iran have transferred out of the Maltese registry. By American estimates that leaves http://hamptonroads.com/2012/08/pirate-negotiator-sentenced-12-life-terms12 iranian ships still in the registry. The 79 have gone over to a Tuvalu, Tanzania, Serra Leone, Boliva, and Moldavia.
REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: SOMALI PIRATES WELL ORGANIZED:
"Pirate Action Groups now pass out information packets and forms to ships officers upon take over. Ship's officers are to provide mailing address for company officials and contact information for insurance interests . The forms include instructions and "Greetings" to company officials. Click on th ehyper link below for full story
HOW FAR WILL TH E DRAGON SWIM? THIS ONE WILL FLOOR YOU.............HOW ABOUT ISRAEL?
The PLA Daily reports that the three ships of the 11th Chinese Naval Escort Task Force that entered the Mediterranean last week will, after their ongoing call in Turkey visit...Israel, a first. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90786/7908819.html
PIRATE NEGOTIATOR SENTENCED TO 12 LIFE SENTENCES IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
MEXICAN NAVAL INFANTRY (MARINES) CAPTURE MAJOR DRUG CARTEL BOSS
INDONESIA ORDERS THREE SUBMARINES FROM SOUTH KOREA
TAIWAN BUILT OCEAN RESEARCH VESSEL LAUNCHED: