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8 février 2015 7 08 /02 /février /2015 21:35
La marine sud-coréenne va participer à un exercice international en Thaïlande


SEOUL, 08 fév. (Yonhap)


La Corée du Sud a envoyé vers la Thaïlande des soldats de sa marine qui participeront cette semaine à la manœuvre militaire Cobra Gold, l’une des plus importantes au monde, qui a lieu chaque année, a fait savoir ce dimanche le corps des Marines.


Cet exercice, le plus grand de la région Asie-Pacifique, organisé à l’initiative de la Thaïlande et des Etats-Unis, commencera demain pour durer jusqu’au vendredi 20 février. Il a eu lieu pour la première fois en 1981.


Cette année, ce sera la sixième fois que la Corée du Sud prendra part à cet exercice. Six autres pays seront présents également : la Thaïlande, les Etats-Unis, Singapour, l’Indonésie, la Malaisie et le Japon.


Un total de 50 hommes des forces navales sud-coréennes sont partis à bord d’un avion Hercules C-130 il y a deux jours, a-t-il été précisé.


L’entraînement de la partie sud-coréenne consistera notamment à survivre dans la jungle, à se battre dans un environnement urbain et à effectuer des infiltrations aériennes et maritimes à Sattahip, un district de la province thaïlandaise de Chonburi, dont la ville de Pattaya fait partie.


Durant toute la durée de cet exercice, 14 officiers se joindront à l’exercice de commandement dans la province de Nakhon Nayok, dans la région centrale du pays.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
Les USA augmentent la présence de leurs Marines en Australie


25.03.2014 Par La Voix de la Russie


Les Etats-Unis se proposent d'envoyer 1 150 nouveaux Marines à leur base en Australie. Ceux-ci se joindront à 200 militaires déjà déployés dans la base de la ville de Darwin.


Les Marines doivent arriver en Australie au début d'avril. Les Etats-Unis vont également transférer 4 hélicoptères de transport CH-53E et une centaines de techniciens chargés de leur entretien.


Au total 2 500 Marines seront déployés en Australie d'ici 2017 dans le cadre du programme de Washington visant à accroître sa présence militaire en Asie-Pacifique.

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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 06:35
"Spetztehnoexport" Signed Contract for the Supply 5 BTR-4 + 50 Options for More for Indonesian Marines Corps

BTR-4 (photo : Ukroboronprom)


14.03.2014 Defense Studies

DHZP "Spetztehnoexport" Signed Contract for the Supply of BTR-4 for Indonesian Navy

In late February 2014 in Jakarta, negotiations took place between the leaders of DHZP "Spetstehnoeksport" and the Ministry of Defense and the Navy Marine Corps Indonesia. During the meeting discussed the essential terms of the contract for the supply of 5 units BTR-4. Recall "Spetstehnoeksport" won the tender for the purchase of armored vehicles for the Navy of Indonesia's proposal BTR-4 of SE 'KMDB' them AA "Morozov"

The project contract was initialed by both parties. Currently, the process of harmonization of its national structures of the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia. It is expected that this contract will be transferred to the Ukrainian side.

It should be noted that this contract is the first step in the program purchase armored vehicles Indonesian Navy. If its successful implementation of an agreement for the supply of 50 such machines.

It is also worth noting that a victory in this project was obtained in hard competition with Russian special exporters.


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17 octobre 2013 4 17 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
China’s PLA Marines: An Emerging Force

October 17, 2013 By Christopher P. Isajiw  - China Power


As part of its Pacific pivot, the United States has been making substantial increases in its Asia-based forces, including a bolstering of the U.S. Marine Corps amphibious combat capabilities. One hypothetical scenario that the Navy and Marine Corps train for would be a strike against Taiwan and a possible amphibious combined force invasion carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). A key spearhead of any such action would be the PLA Marines.


The PLA Marines are at present a relatively small amphibious assault force, numbering just two brigades with roughly 6,000 men each. Nevertheless, they are reinforced by naval and air power, amphibious artillery and armor. The PLA Marines are considered an elite special operations force, and theoretically therefore “punch above their weight class.” They are well trained and well equipped, using both the latest Chinese and Russian technology. They are trained for amphibious and airborne assault operations. While they were originally designed to be a much larger mass invasion force, they have quickly evolved into a rapid deployment invasion force specifically tasked for assault operations. Despite this, however, the PLA Marines are still very much a work in progress (as is arguably the PLA Navy in general), and currently lack the full necessary capabilities for a cross-Strait invasion of Taiwan. They are, however, rapidly developing this capability as part of overall Chinese military strategy.


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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
Australians Invest Millions To Upgrade Facilities For Marines

Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin sprint to their first station wearing full gear during a May 23 squad competition at a training range in Australia. (Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps)


Oct. 14, 2013 - By GINA HARKINS – Defense News


The Australian government will begin a multimillion-dollar construction project this month at two military facilities to accommodate future rotations of up to 2,500 US Marines.


Australia’s defense department announced Friday that it awarded $11 million for new facilities at the Australian army’s Robertson Barracks and the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Darwin, according to a news release. The project will ensure “appropriate living and working accommodation is available for the US Marine Corps.”


The Corps’ presence in Australia’s Northern Territory is expected to increase dramatically next year when, starting in the spring, about 1,200 Marines arrive for six months of training in the region. The last two rotations comprised about 200 Marines. By 2016, the U.S. expects to deploy a full Marine air-ground task force numbering 2,500 personnel, officials have said.


To date, the company-size units rotating through Darwin have stayed at Robertson Barracks. But with aviation support in tow next year, about 130 Marines — along with four heavy-lift helicopters — will be stationed at the air force base, the news release says.


The construction projects are expected to begin in coming weeks and will be completed by the end of February.


About 200 Marines and sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, recently returned home to Hawaii, having spent six months Down Under as Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. It’s unclear which unit will deploy next.


Before leaving in September, US and Australian forces conducted a battalion-level training event at Bradshaw Field Training Area, located in the remote Australian outback. About 750 Marines and sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit joined 150 Marines with MRF-Darwin and 100 Australian troops.


The exercise helped commanders identify the advantages and limitations of the training field, said Col. John Merna, the 31st MEU’s commanding officer. They found that its location, about 200 miles inland from the shallow waters of the Coral Sea coastline, presented some logistical challenges.


“It’s very austere,” Merna told Marine Corps Times. “Any time you can go into a training area that’s an established training area, it’ll be more useful and effective. So more facilities, harder structures, communications — things that are more permanent — [would be] helpful.”

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25 juillet 2013 4 25 /07 /juillet /2013 14:35
Report: Japan Eyeing Marines, Drones

Jul. 25, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)


TOKYO, JAPAN — Japan should acquire amphibious units like the US Marines and surveillance drones, newspapers on Thursday reported a government paper will say this week, as a territorial dispute with China rumbles on.


The interim report, to be issued as early as Friday by the Defense Ministry, will also promote “the need to boost a comprehensive capability of containment” as part of anti-ballistic missile measures against North Korea, reports said.


The phraseology falls short of any mention of “pre-emptive strike capability” but reflects an ongoing debate in Japan’s defense community about the need to reinterpret aspects of the pacifist country’s military stance.


Nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan needs to discuss the idea of having some kind of first strike provision if it is to effectively counter threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.


However, observers say he must tread carefully. Japan’s constitutionally prescribed pacifism enjoys wide support in the country at large and is particularly cherished by Abe’s coalition partners, a centrist Buddhist party.


The Asahi and Yomiuri, influential papers on the left and the right, respectively, say the interim report advocates a US Marines-like amphibious force, capable of conducting landing operations on remote islands.


It also suggests looking at the introduction of a drone reconnaissance fleet that could be used to monitor Japan’s far-flung territory.


The report will be reflected in Japan’s long-term defense outline that is expected to be published toward the end of this year, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that a committee comprising top defense officials has been engaged in discussion on these subjects for several months.


China has become increasingly active in the seas surrounding Japan, including waters near the Tokyo-administered Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyu islands.


The row over their ownership, which began decades ago, erupted last September when Japan nationalized three of the islands. It took another turn Wednesday when possibly armed Chinese coastguard vessels sailed through nearby waters for the first time.


Later in the day, Tokyo scrambled fighters to shadow a Chinese reconnaissance aircraft that flew in international airspace in between two Okinawan islands.


It was the first time Beijing had sent a military plane through the gap and out to the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo officials said, adding they saw it as a sign of “China’s ever-growing maritime advance.”


Abe’s administration decided to review the current long-term defense outline, which was drafted by the now-opposition Democratic Party of Japan in 2010.


The hawkish premier this year boosted Japan’s defense budget for the first time in more than a decade against the backdrop of growing concerns about China among many countries in the region

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
Beach Party

6/10/2013 Strategy Page


GULF OF THAILAND (June 10, 2013) Amphibious assault vehicles approach Hat Yao beach in preparation for a joint amphibious assault exercise with the Royal Thai Navy as a part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2013. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner)

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