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‘Underwater drone with explosives’ spotted near Baltic Nord Stream pipeline

An unmanned military underwater vehicle rigged with explosives was spotted on the seabed in the vicinity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltics on Friday, Swedish media report. The device is expected to be disarmed on November 9. An abandoned expendable remotely-operated mine clearance underwater vehicle …

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US Missile Destroyer to Enter Black Sea July 5

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) is scheduled to enter the Black Sea, July 5, 2015, the US Navy said on its website Sunday. “Porter’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the US’ dedication and commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst US, …

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New US Ghost Ship to Trace Russian, Chinese, Iranian Diesel-Electric Subs

The US Navy and DARPA are developing a new anti-submarine drone aimed at tracking elusive diesel-electric submarines made by Russia and China, a US military expert revealed.  According to US expert in civil-military relations and cyber diplomacy Franz-Stefan Gady, Russian, Chinese and Iranian diesel-electric submarines have long been a thorn …

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Gulf States Consider Arming Kurds Fighting ISIL Despite US Opposition

Some US allies in the Middle East are considering sending arms directly to Kurdish Peshmerga forces, fighting the Islamic State jihadist group (ISIL) in Iraq, despite Washington’s requirement that all weaponry be channeled through Baghdad authorities, sources in Gulf states told the Telegraph on Thursday. MOSCOW (Sputnik)– Last …

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US, NATO Bracing for Long-Term Standoff With Russia Under Putin and Beyond

Instead of building bridges and accepting Russia’s stance as having merit, the US and the North Atlantic Alliance have chosen to immerse themselves in shaping up for a lasting showdown with Moscow.  The standoff could last years or even decades, according to the Pentagon chief, who defended the US …

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