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(News) KENYA – High prices stifle Mombasa’s ship chandling trade

https://www.the-star.co.ke/business/kenya/2020-03-30-high-prices-stifle-mombasas-ship-chandling-trade/ The once vibrant and profitable ship chandling business in Mombasa has dwindled courtesy of a combination of cost factors negatively impacting the local sector with high product prices. According to stakeholders, the once-lucrative trade...

(News) SOUTH AFRICA – No first quarter Operation Copper deployment this year

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/no-first-quarter-op-copper-deployment-this-year/amp/?__twitter_impression=true With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously intimated. With SA National Defence Force (SANDF) exercises and operations...

(News) YEMEN – Yemeni ports suffer losses of over $800mln due to Saudi-led aggression,...

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/03/28/621797/Yemeni-ports-suffer-losses-of-over-$800mln-due-to-Saudi-led-aggression,-naval-blockade:-Official A high-ranking Yemeni maritime official has warned about the serious repercussions of the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign and naval blockade against the impoverished Arab country, saying the measures have led to a substantial drop...

(News) INDIA – Disruptions in labour and trading – fishing industry comes to a...

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/gujarat-vadodara-trading-fishing-industry-coronavirus-6331643/ The multi-billion fishing industry, which employs around 3.5 lakh people in the state of Gujarat, has come to a grinding halt as traders and processors are facing labour shortage and transportation issues, following restrictions...

(News) PERSIAN GULF – Iran launches war games after US aircraft carrier enters Gulf

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-us-gulf-military-war-games-us-aircraft-carrier-drones-helicopters-middle-east-a8696236.html Iran launched war games across the Gulf on Saturday morning, after a US aircraft carrier entered the strategic waterway. The country’s state news channel broadcast images of the military exercises, which involved its elite...

(News) MALDIVES – Maldives converts luxury resorts to coronavirus quarantine centers

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Maldives-converts-luxury-resorts-to-coronavirus-quarantine-centers The Maldivian government sealed off two tourist islands, Kuredu and Sandies Bathala, after a coronavirus scare among German holidaymakers. The Maldives is turning remote luxury resort hotels in the idyllic archipelago into quarantine facilities...

(News) INDIAN OCEAN – China deployed 12 underwater drones

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2020/03/22/china-deployed-underwater-drones-in-indian-ocean/#83175aa66933 China has deployed a fleet of underwater drones in the Indian Ocean. According to Chinese government sources, the drones were launched in mid-December 2019 and recovered in February after making more than 3,400 observations....

(News) BAHRAIN – France takes command of Combined Task Force 150

https://navaltoday.com/2020/03/23/france-takes-command-of-combined-task-force-150/ On March 19, 2020, Royal Australian Navy handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to a combined French/United Kingdom team. At a ceremony in Bahrain, the team led by French Marine...

(News) INDIAN OCEAN – In a first, India, France conduct joint patrols from Reunion...

https://www.defencenews.in/article/In-a-first,-India,-France-conduct-joint-patrols-from-Reunion-Island-809831 India and France, For the first time, have conducted joint patrols from the Reunion Island, signalling New Delhi’s intent to engage with friendly foreign partners in expanding its footprint in the Indian Ocean, focusing...

(News) ARABIAN SEA – US stages two-carrier drill in Arabian Sea

https://defbrief.com/2020/03/19/us-stages-two-carrier-drill-in-arabian-sea/ The US Navy has carried out an exercise in the Arabian Sea that saw the participation of two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and a B-52 bomber from the US Air Forces Central Command. Aircraft carriers...
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