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The US Navy sent its guided-missile destroyer Stethem and cargo ship Cesar Chavez through the Taiwan Strait last Monday. This move follows the transit of guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and supply vessel USNS Walter S. Diehl in January. Regular US naval movement in the strait aims to reaffirm Washington’s support for Taipei in the face of increasing antagonism from China.

NATO’s submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta began off the coast of Sicily last week. Submarines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK have joined ships, aircraft and personnel from five other NATO states in training exercises in the Mediterranean. By coordinating efforts with air and surface forces, the exercise aims to enhance interoperability between allied nations and improve their anti-submarine warfare capability.

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has begun construction of two offshore patrol vessels for the Qatari Emeri Navy. A total of seven vessels will be delivered to the Qatari defence ministry under the €4 billion (A$6.4 billion) contract. The OPVs are based on Fincantieri’s 60-metre fast attack craft and have both surveillance and warfighting capabilities.