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In July 2020, it was announced that the Chinese Navy has deployed its latest long-range bomber aircraft called H-6J, which is based on the Soviet-made Tupolev Tu-16 twin-engine jet bomber, and built under license in China by the company Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation. Recent pictures released on the Chinese TV CCTV showed that the H-6J is able to carry YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missiles.

Earlier this week, Egypt's President Al-Sissi accompanied by UAE crown prince Mohamed Bin Zayed inaugurated a new naval base on the northwest coast of Egypt bearing the name of the July 3 Naval Base in the Jargoub area, about 180km far from the Egyptian-Libyan borders. (Written by Mahmoud Gamal, Military Affairs Writer)

The Russian Pacific fleet is receiving new warships. The Aldar Tsydenzhapov corvette of project 20380 joined it on December 25, 2020. The Navy flag was hoisted on the Yakov Balyaev minesweeper of project 12700 on December 26. The Pacific fleet will receive the Anatoly Shlemov second minesweeper of the series in 2022.

According to information published by Seapower Magazine on May 18, 2021, the Greek government and the United States are discussing now the future acquisition of four frigates by the Greek Navy amid the current tensions with his neighbor, Turkey. The US offer will be based on the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC).

According to information published by Congressional Research Service on March 9, 2021, China’s navy, which China has been steadily modernizing has become a formidable military force within China’s near-seas region, and it is conducting a growing number of operations in more-distant waters, including the broader waters of the Western Pacific, the Indian Ocean.

The AV-8B Harrier II vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) attack aircraft will continue to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps until 2029 despite the arrival of the F-35B. U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B squadrons function as an integral unit or as a squadron with a deployed six aircraft detachment. This concept facilitates dual-site operations, provides for the support of simultaneous contingencies, and allows for the fulfillment of continuous unit deployment program requirements.

The Belgorod nuclear special-designation submarine of project 09852 is preparing to sail out for the first time. The submarine is one of the most ambitious Russian shipbuilding projects. Does the Navy really need it? It is receiving Yasen and Yasen-M-class SSGN of projects 885 and 885M and Borey and Borey-A-class SSBN of projects 955 and 955A, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to information published by the British Royal Navy on February 16, 2021, the British Navy unveils the components of its UK Carrier Strike Group that comprises different types of ships and aircraft including the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with Merlin helicopters and F-35B fighter aircraft, Fleet Auxiliary’s fast fleet Tide-class tanker, Type 23 also called Duke-class frigate, Type 45 also called Daring-class guided missile destroyer and Astute-class nuclear powered submarine (SSN). They’re all vital pieces of kit, each with their own role to play in the modern Royal British Navy.

According to information published by the Chinese MoD (Department of Defense) on January 4, 2021, a new individual Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment (SEIE) has completed the combat performance test in the waters of a sea area of the East China Sea recently, indicating that the PLA Navy submariners' self-rescue and escape capabilities have reached the advanced international level.

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