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The U.S. Navy contracted crane M/V Jascon 25 removes the final hull section of the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian from Tubbataha Reef on March 30, 2013. Operations have shifted from salvage to assessing damage to the reef and investigations into culpability for the Jan. 17 grounding. (Kelby Sanders/U.S. Navy)

Philippines assesses $1.4 million fine for damage from Guardian grounding

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. government faces a $1.4 million fine for damage caused to a Philippines national park when the minesweeper...

“Relax,” a narrator says, adding the South won’t be taken by surprise and is fully prepared to respond to any North Korean provocation because of the ability to track anything significant north of the Demilitarized Zone and the “nuclear umbrella” the U.S.–South Korean alliance provides. (YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XZJkV1cfdiI)

US, South Korea preparing for North provocation in near future

SEOUL — Officials are preparing for the possibility that North Korea will carry out some kind of provocation next week in conjunction with the...

AFN Asia-Pacific customers urged to check decoder box frequencies

Editor's note: Here's a friendly reminder!

Subscribers to the American Forces Network’s satellite feed in the Asia-Pacific region should...

Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force maneuver amphibious assault vehicles through the water in formation March 5, 2013, at Camp Schwab on Okinawa, where the Futenma air station is slated to be moved. (Mark W. Stroud/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

US, Japan agree relocation of Futenma is more than a decade away

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The United States and Japan agreed Friday that the relocation of the controversial Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the...

The USS Guardian sits aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines, Jan. 22, 2013. Work to cut up and remove the ship is expected to begin Friday. Geoffrey Trudell/U.S. Navy, Flickr

USS Guardian: CO, 3 others relieved after grounding review

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- The commanding officer of the former minesweeper USS Guardian and three others have been relieved of duty following...

DOD to Deploy Ballistic Missile Defense System to Guam

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 – The Defense Department will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, ballistic missile defense...

A caravan of vehicles from South Korea passes under a bridge en route to the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in April 2010. About 1,000 South Koreans work in the complex, which supports about 120 companies and more than 43,000 workers. Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes

North Korea halts commuters going to Kaesong

PAJU, South Korea - North Korea barred South Korean commuters from crossing the border Wednesday to work at the jointly owned Kaesong Industrial...

No charges for Chinese man who entered Yokosuka Navy base illegally

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Chinese man who illegally entered the largest U.S. Navy base in the Pacific last month was turned over to...

US, South Korea not backing down to North Korea's threats

Outsiders may think war could break out at any minute, and perhaps it could. But for South Koreans, the current crisis with North Korea is just...

Special resources for our military children

Hello Military Community,

This week, in conjunction with Month of the Military Child, I will be highlighting a few resources that you and...

Casting pearls before swine

For the most part, the expat experience in Japan is a peaceful one. You quickly develop the necessary skills for life to pass harmoniously; namely...

Korea -- Two generations in country

I did my time in Korea, in 1983.
It wasn't really a hardship; I had my wife Dawn with me.
We were both in the Air Force doing a one-year...

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