How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...

U.S. Pacific Fleet to expand duties in Asia

Apr 27, 2016

U.S. Pacific Fleet to expand duties in Asia

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander plans to expand the role of the U.S. 3rd Fleet commander and her staff in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pacific Fleet consists of the 3rd Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, and the 7th Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. ...

Apr 26, 2016

Facts about the Australian submarine deal

Australia on Tuesday announced French naval shipbuilder DCNS as the winning bidder to design and build its next generation of submarines. Here are facts about the 56 billion Australian dollars ($43 billion) project: Why does Australia need new subs? The country’s current fleet of ...

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report

Apr 20, 2016

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report

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Canberra has all but eliminated the much-hyped Japanese bid to build the country’s 50 billion Australian dollar fleet of new submarines, a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Wednesday. The Cabinet’s National Security Committee reportedly discussed the bids by France, Germany and Japan ...

Apr 2, 2016

Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by U.S. drone strikes

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that “civilians were killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but said the administration is now “very cautious” about striking where women or children are present. Obama was asked at a news conference about an increase ...