Canada sends about 130 personnel and four (some say five) CF-18 into Romania

Five pilots from 409 Squadron and their five CF-18 Hornets departed 4 Wing Cold Lake Wednesday, Aug. 16 for Romania.

Part of the mission will include air policing while the other part will focus on training and engagement with the Romanian Air Force (RoAF). These duties will alternate on a weekly basis.

Wing Commander Col. Paul Doyle commented that this deployment is related to Russian activity in the Black Sea.

“The Black Sea is an active area and it’s active because of the events that transpired in Crimea with the NATO response to the illegal annexation of Crimea on the part of the Russians,” Doyle said. “We stand together as an alliance towards this. We see the Russians are flying in the Black Sea because there are NATO ships that are in the Black Sea.”

Doyle explained that the role of the pilots while conducting air policing missions will be to demonstrate a presence in the area and escort Russian planes back to their air space.

“It’s a presence to show that we have the capacity and the capability to be there close to what’s going on,” Doyle explained. “We don’t do anything aggressive. You maintain a decent amount of separation from the aircraft and it’s understood what we’re doing when we do that.”

The pilots will be flying with the Romanians that are based out of Constanta, located on the Black Sea coast. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania, founded around 600 BC.

The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force has been in Romania since April and 409 Squadron will be relieving them.

One of the pilots explained that this is a NATO commitment through Operation Reassurance meant to reassure Canada’s allies of NATO solidarity.

The total number of Canadians in Romania will be 130.

The trip to Romania began with a flight to Bagotville, Que., where the pilots will spend one day. Then they fly to Prestwick, Scotland, and finally over to Constanta, Romania. Given the stops in each city to become accustomed to the time change, and in case of poor weather, the pilots expect to arrive Aug. 20.

Mayor Craig Copeland and Member of Parliament David Yurdiga were present to wish the pilots well before they deployed.

“What the base here is all about is not only protecting Canada but to go over where there’s issues in the world,” Mayor Copeland said. “We’ve got the best pilots in all of the world right here in Canada so we’re proud and you know our thoughts and prayers are with them when they’re there overseas, no matter what mission they’re on.”

The mission itself begins Sept. 1 and will continue until Dec. 31.

http://www.coldlakesun.com/2017/08/17/409-squadron-deploys-to-romania

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US continues to pepare its military overseas operation, this time from Beaumont, TX East Coast. (🛳️ Ro-Ro Cape Victory)

US Military overseas operation ongoing on daily basis, hard to say where these vehicles will be transported, too many options open, just wait and check Ro-Ro Cape Victory AIS updates on Marine Traffic.

Officially these vehicles are bound for Europe, Atlantic Resolve operation.

China and India reportedly beef up borders around Sikkim area

Fifty-three Indian soldiers and a bulldozer were present at the Doklam area, a report in a state-run daily said, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The ministry, according to the Global Times, asked India to withdraw its troops and equipment from what it called the “Chinese territory”.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Citing the ministry, the daily said that 53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in “Chinese territory” as of Monday.

“India should withdraw its troops and equipment…They have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty,” the ministry was quoted as having said by the daily.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang last week said that “there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer” in Doklam area as of August 2.

“In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary,” Geng had said.

A 15-page fact sheet issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry had earlier said that there were over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer in the area by the July end.

Countering Chinese contention, sources in New Delhi last week maintained that around 350 Indian Army personnel have been in Doklam for last six weeks after China tried to build a road in the area, triggering the standoff.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau.

Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims the area belongs to it and says Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over it.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now, and there is still no end in sight, the Chinese daily added.

India’s position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

Source:

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/53-indian-troops-still-present-at-doklam-china/articleshow/59990978.cms

US military hardware heading toward Los Angeles probably to be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’

Military vehicles including M109A6 ‘Paladin’ recently spotted near the Salton Sea, California.

In my opinion the whole hardware will be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’:

“An Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD), formerly the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), was designed to be a semi-submersible, flexible, modular platform providing the US Navy with the capability to perform large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. These ships significantly reduce the dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of port availability.”

Its final destination is still unknown, but definitely US is preparing for another big overseas operation from the West Coast.

Various military vehicles including ‘Msta-S’ howitzers spotted today in Voronezh Oblast near the border with Ukraine

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met during the G20 Hamburg Summit held earlier in July. This month has witnessed a diplomatic row between the two countries, expulsions of diplomats on both sides and a sanctions bill against Russia. The confrontation between Washington and Moscow has risen to a new level.

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on July 25 to slap new sanctions on Russia. These are America’s toughest sanctions against Russia since the Ukraine crisis in 2014, indicating US-Russian ties have plunged again.

The diplomatic row after the Trump-Putin meeting shows that political détente is not easy to achieve.

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http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1058751.shtml

M1 Abrams tanks matching “Number 14” spotted today between Nowy Sącz and Krosno, Poland near the border with Ukraine

Exactly the same US “Number 14” tanks we saw yesterday in Hungary, come into sight today in Poland near the Ukrainian border.

Several US M1 Abrams and Bradley IFVs spotted today in Hungary

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to scrap a trip to Moldova on Friday after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian airspace.

Rogozin told Russian news agencies that he and other Russian officials were traveling on a commercial flight to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau when the plane was denied passage over Romania or Hungary, both European Union members. It had to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk because it was running out of fuel.

The deputy prime minister is one of the most senior Russian officials slapped with an EU visa ban in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Rogozin told the Interfax news agency that he started using commercial flights after Romanian authorities closed their airspace to his chartered flight in 2014.

Romania’s foreign ministry confirmed on Friday that authorities had not allowed Rogozin to enter the country’s airspace.

In a tweet later Friday, Rogozin said Romanian authorities “put lives of the passengers, women and children at risk” by forcing the plane to divert. He issued a warning for the Romanian government: “You wait for an answer, bastards!”

Read More At:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-deputy-pms-refused-entry-to-eu-airspace/2017/07/28/1bf02224-739c-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.2f3c106b9165