Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister, declared that Russia was taking “measures of precaution” against American and Nato naval ships. “Let’s hope we do not see any direct confrontation in that,” he said
Britain led a chorus of support for Ukraine on Wednesday as western fears rose of possible Russian attempts to build on its victory in Georgia by threatening neighbouring states.
Speaking during a visit to Kiev, David Miliband, the UK foreign secretary, called on the European Union and Nato to prepare for “hard-headed engagement” with Moscow following its military action in Georgia.
“Russia must not learn the wrong lessons from the Georgia crisis. There can be no going back on fundamental principles of territorial integrity, democratic governance and international law,” he said.
The Navy statement released Wednesday by the Bahrain headquarters of the 5th Fleet says the exercise is dubbed “Goalkeeper.” It started Sunday and is led by Britain’s Royal Navy Commodore Peter Hudson.
Hudson is quoted as saying the maneuvers will help fine-tune skills such as “locating and tracking” vessels that threaten ships patrolling the Gulf and “handling command-and-control” operations during a potential confrontation.
Gulf waters and the narrow Strait of Hormuz have seen close encounters between U.S. and Iranian vessels.
The Turkish Air Force contributed aircraft in a NATO airborne early-warning and alert exercise in the United States. The exercise took place in August 2008 and included 15 European and North American air forces.
"Our sole purpose is to be the eyes for the aircraft so they can be forewarned if another aircraft is in their vicinity -- friend or foe," Turkish Air Force pilot Capt. Gurhan Tarman said.
A terrorist attack can happen without warning and emergency crews have to be able to respond immediately. One possible target is Toledo's port. Federal, state, and local emergency teams joined forces along the Maumee to practice their terror drills.
Moving goods along the Maumee is a Toledo asset, but these waters can also be a channel for a terrorist attack. The possible threat is why a water-front hotel is a training-ground for the US Coast Guard and a room full of men and women.
Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Rick Minnich has spent the last six months coordinating the schedules of police officers, FBI agents, and border patrol officers for the day-long terror drill. These are the men and women who'd respond to a real-life attack on the water. "Having been involved in the exercises and real incidents, I can say they are very realistic. It is real time, real life type scenarios that we use," says Minnich.
The technologies, dubbed “Adaptive Force Package,” supports local incident response under the command of the Coast Guard’s port captain, with the involvement of numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from Tampa Bay.
The Navy’s goal for the experiment is to demonstrate the technologies’ capabilities in safeguarding ports and waterways, a release said.
The Coast Guard will be responsible for incident command in the experiment. Its role is to coordinate the response and actions of private-sector maritime entities with military and civilian law enforcement actions.
Since Northrop Grumman opened the doors to its Unmanned Aircraft Center in 2006, Mahoney and his 70 member team have been building multi-million dollar aircraft to combat the war on terrorism.
"We have three programs in place - the Fire Scout Program, which is the Army's version of the Fire Scout. The VTUAV, which is the Navy's version. And we also have the Global Hawk program," Mahoney said....