National / Politics Feb 10, 2018

U.S. subs set new record for port calls at Sasebo

U.S. Navy submarines made a record high 26 calls at Sasebo port in Nagasaki Prefecture last year, it was learned Saturday. The previous high was 24 in 2016, officials from the Sasebo Municipal Government said. The strategic importance of Sasebo, which hosts a U.S. naval base, ...

Germany approves Israel nuclear submarine deal: Der Spiegel

World Jun 30, 2017

Germany approves Israel nuclear submarine deal: Der Spiegel

Germany's national security council has approved a deal to sell three further nuclear-capable submarines to Israel, magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday, the latest act in a defense deal that has been overshadowed by corruption allegations. The $1.5 billion transaction came to public attention when ...

World Jan 6, 2017

Nuclear-armed subs move ahead at Pentagon before Obama goes

The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has approved advanced development for a fleet of 12 new nuclear-armed submarines, a potential $128 billion project that the U.S. Navy calls its top priority. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, signed the decision memo that officially moves the program ...

Commentary / Japan May 1, 2016

Jobs help sink Japan's sub bid

by Ramesh Thakur

In the end the government was not prepared to pay the biggest political cost of all, which is domestic electoral consequences of any decision that laid waste to still more manufacturing jobs in the state of South Australia.