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Have 7th Fleet collisions impacted confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions hurt confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Space 

GomSpace taps Virgin Orbit to launch nanosatellites for tracking ships and planes

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit, which expects to debut the air-launched LauncherOne rocket by summer, signed a contract Jan. 16 with GomSpace to send eight nanosatellites into orbit  next year to track airplanes and ships. GomSpace, a Danish cubesat manufacturer, bought the launch on behalf of Aerial & Maritime Ltd. (A&M), a Mauritius-based startup GomSpace spun off to operate a constellation of 80 ship-and-plane-tracking satellites by 2021. In a joint statement, Virgin Orbit and GomSpace said the early 2019 launch will put the satellites into a low-inclination orbit. GomSpace CEO Niels…

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Science 

'No Hope' Sailors Alive After Iranian Tanker Collision

(TEHRAN) — A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was “no hope” of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard. Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday, days after its collision in the East China Sea. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss. State TV quoted Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran’s maritime agency, as saying: “There is no…

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'No Hope' of Survivors After Iranian Tanker Explodes and Sinks off Chinese Coast

(TEHRAN) — A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was “no hope” of missing sailors surviving the disaster. The collision and disaster of the Sanchi, which carried 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, had transfixed an Iran still reeling from days of protests and unrest that swept the country at the start of the year. Families of the sailors wept and screamed at the headquarters of the National Iranian Tanker Co. in…

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BREAKING: Peru earthquake sparks mine collapse – 17 feared missing

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake with an epicentre in Lomas, Arequipa region, struck on Sunday leading to fears a tsunami would follow. Peru’s Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said 65 are injured after the natural disaster which struck at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT). The quake hit offshore at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.  Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari. “There are several homes affected and it is possible that the count of victims and…

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks off China; 32 feared dead

A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was “no hope” of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard. Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday, days after its collision in the East China Sea. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss. China’s state broadcaster confirmed the ship had sunk and also said the ship’s voice data recorder, which functions…

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Iranian oil tanker explodes in plume of smoke before finally sinking

A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was “no hope” of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard. Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday, days after its collision in the East China Sea. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss. China’s state broadcaster confirmed the ship had sunk and also said the ship’s voice data recorder, which functions…

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MAY’S WARNING TO KIM: British warship arrives in Gibraltar before heading to North Korea

HMS Sutherland, affectionately known as the Fighting Clan, sailed into Gibraltar for a logistic stop before heading east. The warship left Devonport on Tuesday and will head to Australia, the Far East and the Persian Gulf region over the next seven months. It is one of two vessels being deployed to the Pacific amid escalating tensions with North Korea. In August, Theresa May promised Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe she would send HMS Argyll to the region to join British allies already stationed there following a series of provocative missile…

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Republican female House member tells GOP to ‘grow a pair of ovaries’

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally called on the national GOP to “grow a pair of ovaries” as she launched her bid for the U.S. Senate on Friday, joining the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake by embracing President Donald Trump and his outsider playbook in one of the nation’s premier Senate contests. Like few others, the Arizona election is expected to showcase the feud between the Republican Party’s establishment and its fiery anti-immigration wing in particular — all in a border state that features one…

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