US Military Assets Ready Should Diplomatic Track in Syria Fall Through

first_img View post tag: track US Military Assets Ready Should Diplomatic Track in Syria Fall Through View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: should View post tag: assets View post tag: Ready View post tag: Assad U.S. military assets remain ready to launch attacks if the diplomatic efforts to secure and dismantle the Syrian regime’s chemical arms should fail, senior U.S. defense officials said yesterday in Washington.In a Pentagon news conference, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military role today is limited.“The current role of the military is to provide some planning assistance to the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons … who has the lead, and as well as to maintain the credible threat of force, should the diplomatic track fail,” Dempsey said.The chairman said he believes forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad have maintained control of the regime’s chemical weapons. The environment inside Syria is “very challenging,” he added.Still, according to Dempsey, it is possible for the international community to work in the country.“So long as [Syrian leaders] agree to the framework, which causes them to be responsible for the security, the movement, the protection of the investigators or the inspectors, then I think that … it is feasible,” Dempsey said. “But we’ve got to make sure we keep our eye on all of those things.”The chairman acknowledged that disposing of chemical weapons is a complicated task. “The framework calls for it to be controlled, destroyed or moved,” he said. “In some combination, it is feasible, but those details will have to be worked by the OPCW.”Overall, the conflict in Syria ebbs and flows, the chairman said, and rebel groups in the country are concerned that the focus on chemical weapons will detract from the willingness of partners to support them. “But … in terms of direct threats to U.S. interests, I think … that the elimination of the Assad regime’s chemical capability is right at the top of our national interests,” Dempsey added. “If this process bears fruit and achieves its stated purpose, we will be in a better position.”[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2013 View post tag: Diplomatic View post tag: US View post tag: Syriacenter_img View post tag: Chemical View post tag: through View post tag: Weapons September 19, 2013 View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Military Assets Ready Should Diplomatic Track in Syria Fall Through View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: military View post tag: Fall Share this articlelast_img read more

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JMSDF Training Squadron Ships Dock in Sydney

first_img View post tag: Dock JMSDF Training Squadron Ships Dock in Sydney View post tag: Sydney View post tag: ships Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Ships, JDS Kashima, JDS Setoyuki and JDS Asagiri have arrived at Garden Island, Sydney, for a three-day port visit. View post tag: Australia The ships are part of the JMSDF Training Squadron. Since 1956, the Squadron has been conducting annual overseas training cruises to develop the knowledge and skills of Junior Officers, who have completed the General Officer Midshipman’s Course at the JMSDF candidate school.Commodore Training Force, Commodore Michael Rothwell said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the Commander Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Training Squadron, Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, to Sydney, along with his force of three ships comprising around 730 personnel, including 170 officers under training.” View post tag: Training View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy Commander JMSDF Meteorology Staff, Japan Training Squadron Lieutenant Takahiko Yogura said the trainees have been learning many mariner skills during the deployment, but are pleased to spend some time at port in Sydney.The Training Squadron is part way through an extended international voyage which has already taken the ships to ports in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and New Zealand. Following their stay in Sydney, the training squadron will continue on a tour through the Pacific and visit the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines.[mappress]Press Release, September 12, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Squadron View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today JMSDF Training Squadron Ships Dock in Sydney View post tag: JMSDF September 12, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

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