EU Triples Mediterranean SAR Spending

By MarEx 2015-04-23 20:09:40 Four days after up to 900 desperate people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, EU leaders agreed on Thursday to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, restoring its funding to last year’s level. Critics called it a face-saving operation that did not go far enough to emulate an…

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NATO Opening Counter-Piracy Office in Djibouti

By MarEx 2015-04-23 19:35:40 NATO and the Republic of Djibouti have enhanced their anti-piracy cooperation, by concluding an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Djibouti in support of the Alliance’s counter piracy operation, Ocean Shield, in the Gulf of Aden. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, and the Republic…

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U.S. Navy Honors Cesar Chavez

By Reuters 2015-04-23 19:27:55 The U.S. Navy honored late civil rights leader Cesar Chavez on Thursday as a veteran who served in the Western Pacific just after World War II with full graveside honors at his memorial in California, Chavez’s foundation said. Chavez, a labor leader and civil rights icon who is revered by agricultural…

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U.S. Navy Drone Passes Final Test: Refueling

By MarEx 2015-04-23 19:10:48 The U.S. navy drone X-47B successfully conducted the first ever autonomous aerial refueling of an unmanned aircraft on April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker…

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Statoil Doesn’t Want to be “Bipolar”

By Reuters 2015-04-23 18:54:02 Norway’s Statoil is cutting investments less than any other oil major this year, positioning for a crude price recovery but taking a risk should the slump be protracted. By continuing to spend on projects that won’t start making returns for up to a decade, the state-controlled energy giant hopes to sidestep…

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Fugro Sets Seafloor Drilling Record

By MarEx 2015-04-23 18:38:41 Fugro has set a new seafloor drill water depth record of 2,923 meters in the Gulf of Mexico. The new water depth record of 2,923 meters (9,589 feet) was set while completing a combined sampling and piezocone penetration testing (PCPT) borehole to 62 meters (203 feet) below the seafloor. Achieved using…

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