The USS Somerset docked in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2015, as part of Fleet Week. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Navy teamed with civilian authorities to test how its ships could help provide humanitarian relief following a domestic emergency such as an earthquake, officials said.

As part of the 35th annual Fleet Week held this week in the city, the sea service conducted exercises that included driving emergency vehicles such as utility trucks onto the USS Somerset (LPD-25), the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock in the fleet. [Continue reading…]

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Russia’s recent cruise missile strike in Syria — despite reports that some wayward munitions landed in Iran — demonstrates the country’s advances in developing the technology, an expert said.

“It’s still good news for the Russians because they have actually used these new cruise missiles in combat for the first time and demonstrated their capability,” Paul Schwartz, a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in an interview with Military​.com.

“The fact that four of them went off track … does not negate to a major extent the fact that most of these seem to have hit their target,” he added. “It shows that the underlying technology seems to be sound.” [Continue reading…]

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Russian warships have launched more than more than two dozen missiles at targets in Syria, according to a news report.

Four Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an article Wednesday from the Russian news organization RT.
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FEMA and Marine Corps officials practice loading gear and equipment onto a Marine Corps MV-22 on Tuesday at Moffett Field in California during a training exercise as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.

The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey may someday fly disaster-relief missions in the U.S.

When exactly isn’t known, but if officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency had their way, it’d be sooner rather than later.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of if it will happen, it’s about when it will happen,” said Rob Robertson, a logistics specialist with FEMA’s Task Force 3 in California. “Look at where we’re living — we have major earthquakes, fires — any type of disaster.” [Continue reading…]


NATO on Monday criticized Russian fighter jet incursions into Turkish airspace over the weekend, calling the move irresponsible and dangerous.

Russian Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker attack aircraft entered Turkish airspace on Saturday and Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer multi-role fighter aircraft did the same on Sunday. The planes flew over the Hatay region, located in the southern part of the country on the Mediterranean Sea and bordering Syria, according to NATO. [Continue reading…]