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French submarine lost in 1968 found at last in Mediterranean

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The diesel-electric Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 27, 1968

(FILES) A photo taken in the second half of the 60s showing the submersible "Minerve" docked in the old port of Marseille, southern France. The submarine La Minerve, which disappeared 50 years ago, has been found off the coast of Toulon, southern France, it was announced by the French Defence Minister on July 22, 2019. The "Minerva" disappeared at sea, with its 52 man crew on January 27, 1968, off Toulon. STF / AFP

Kremlin says details of deadly sub fire 'state secret'

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Vladimir Putin's spokesman explains the secrecy surrounding the tragedy by saying the information 'belongs to the category of state secrets'

ON SUBMARINE FIRE. This file photo shows Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attending a meeting in Moscow on June 24, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

14 crew killed in Russian submarine fire

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The tragedy in the far north has echoes of the sinking of the Kursk submarine in 2000 that claimed the lives of 118 personnel and shook the first year of Vladimir Putin's presidency

Globe services in Visayas and Mindanao interrupted due to cut submarine cables

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

There is no advisory yet on when services will be fully restored

Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the drill, which he says does not aim to target 'a particular nation'

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (R) attend a debate for the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on September 14, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

New mission to find Argentine sub that sank with 44 crew on board

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Seabed Constructor will set out September 7 from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, some 1,800 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, carrying both Argentine sailors and relatives of the missing submariners

Danish inventor seeks reduced sentence in appeals trial

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Peter Madsen has only appealed his sentence, and not the guilty verdict handed down by a Copenhagen district court on April 25 for murdering 30-year-old journalist Kim Wall

PETER MADSEN. This file photo taken on August 11, 2017 shows Peter Madsen (R) as he talks to a police officer in Dragoer Harbor south of Copenhagen on August 11, 2017, following a major rescue operation after the submarine sank in the sea outside Copenhagen Harbor. File photo by Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix Denmark/AFP

Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Software will enable the bot to detect crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and "instigate an injection which is fatal" to the predators. The injection is harmless to other reef creatures.

RANGERBOT. This undated handout photo received on August 31, 2018 from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows scientist Matthew Dunbabin with the new RangerBot on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Photo by Anthony Weate/ Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells lawmakers the country might not be able to afford the maintenance of submarines

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the House of Representatives for his agency's budget hearing on August 29, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte hits U.S. for warning PH vs Russian equipment

Aug 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his country's sole treaty ally, scolding America for only giving hand-me-down defense equipment

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, issues a stern warning on the local government officials who are found to be inefficient in their service. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. official warns PH vs buying Russian equipment

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The Philippines 'should think very carefully' about dealing with Russia, says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH pivot to Russia advances with port visit, submarine talks

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine Navy may have its first submarine by 2023 – if the timeline of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pushes through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib Razak

May 19, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Malaysia's new government vows to investigate the unresolved scandals involving its former prime minister, including the mysterious killing of his mistress

ON THE HOT SEAT. Defeated Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is expected to face more trials on various scandals that hounded him over the years. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

U.S. approves license for Taiwan submarine plan

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Taiwan calls the approval a 'breakthrough' in its bid to construct its own submarines

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves from a Duch-made Sea Tiger submarine at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on March 21, 2017.  Taiwan formally launched an ambitious project to build its own submarines as the island faces growing military threats from China as relations deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

U.S. accuses Russia of breaching treaties with 'invincible' weapons

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The State Department expresses outrage at Russian President Vladimir Putin's presentation and his 'cheesy' animated video of warheads over US soil – and says the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his program

US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) The navy has shifted its mission from rescue to recovery

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Argentina's Macri orders probe for 'truth' over missing submarine

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Argentina's navy has been fiercely criticized for the way it mismanaged the operation since first reporting the submarine overdue at its Mar del Plata base on November 16

OFF TO SEARCH. Argentina's Navy destroyer ARA Sarandi sails off to take part in the search of missing submarine ARA San Juan, from the north breakwater of Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 21, 2017. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

'Explosion' dashes last hopes for missing Argentine sub with 44 aboard

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'An anomalous, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event consistent with an explosion' occurs shortly after the submarine's last communication, says Argentina navy spokesman Captain Enrique Balbi

NO HOPE. Argentine Navy spokesman, Captain Enrique Balbi arrives to deliver a press conference at the Navy headquarters in Buenos Aires, on November 23, 2017. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are working to pinpoint the exact location of what is emitting the signals,' presuming it could be the missing ARA San Juan, Argentina's defense ministry says

PLDT to nearly double int'l submarine cable capacity to 8.4 Tbps by 2019

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM

By the end of this year, PLDT’s submarine cable capacity will be 4.49 Tbps – up 140% from 2015

PLDT building submarine cable for PH link to 3 continents

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

With an initial investment of P500 million, PLDT is set to open its Asia-Africa-Europe 1 Submarine Cable System (AAE-1) before the end of 2017

Globe launches $250-million SEA-U.S. undersea cable system

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:46 PM

This provides a link between Davao and the US and is Globe s first direct connection to America via Guam Hawaii and California

Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test – report

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The preparations come amid a tense escalation of threats between the United States and North Korea over the latter s recent gains in nuclear weapons technology

North Korea puts 'new ICBM' on show, say analysts

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Huge green missiles in Pyongyang s giant military parade catch the attention of military specialists

Russia offers to sell PH submarines and more

Jan 29, 2017 - 10:36 AM

The Philippines is looking forward to signing a military to military agreement with Russia to allow exchanges between its militaries

SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP. Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev (seated, 1st from left) holds a news conference aboard the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs on January 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

North Korea building new submarine – US think tank

Oct 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Analysts say that while Pyongyang has made faster progress in its submarine launched missile system than originally expected it is still years away from deployment

North Korea test-fires submarine-launched missile – Seoul

Jul 09, 2016 - 11:39 AM

UPDATED The North launched what was believed to be an [submarine launched ballistic missile] from waters off the [northeastern] port of Sinpo at around 11:30 am South Korea s defense ministry says in a statement

UN slams North Korea missile launch, Obama rejects test offer

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:20 AM

The Security Council said the SLBM launch marked a serious violation of UN resolutions aimed at curbing the North s nuclear drive

An undated photo released on April 24, 2016 by North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows an 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea. KCNA/EPA

North Korea's Kim hails 'successful' submarine missile test

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED The North Korean leader declares Pyongyang is now capable of hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the US imperialists

NORTH KOREAN LEADER. A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in July 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending a live-fire drill by a North Korean artillery unit near the eastern border with South Korea. Photo by KCNA/EPA

North Korea tests submarine-launched missile – South Korea

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:06 PM

3rd UPDATE The US and the UK strongly condemn the test

North Korea video depicts imagined submarine attack on Washington

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:39 PM

The video shows North Korea laying waste to Washington using nuclear weapons and warns the US against further encroachment

US submarine arrives in Subic amid fresh PH-China tension

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Through engagements with our partners such as this port visit to Subic Bay we aid in maintaining stability says the commanding officer of the USS Ohio

US SUBMARINE AT SUBIC. The USS Ohio at Subic Freeport, a former US naval base, on March 22, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Japan submarine to visit Philippines

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED The Oyashio vessel will be in Subic Bay for drills starting Saturday March 19 while its escort ships will also head to Vietnam

This US Navy handout image shows released 01 February, 2006 shows the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine Defense Ship (JDS) Oyashio, lead submarine of the Oyashio class, navigating through the Pearl Harbor channel in Hawaii 30 January, 2006. Oyashio will be conducting exercises and training with the US Navy in the Pearl Harbor region. AFP PHOTO/HO/US Navy/ JO2 Ryan C. McGinley/GETTY OUT / AFP / US NAVY / Ryan C. McGinley

N. Korean submarine missing – reports

Mar 12, 2016 - 1:45 PM

American spy satellites aircraft and ships have been watching as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub the report adds

North Korean leader orders further nuclear tests

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED Overseeing a ballistic missile launch on Thursday March 10 Kim Jong Un ordered more nuclear explosion tests to estimate the destructive power of the newly produced nuclear warheads

MORE TESTS? An undated picture provided by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 9, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. File photo by KCNA/EPA

Another US submarine arrives in Subic

Jan 07, 2016 - 6:26 PM

It is the 3rd known US submarine to make a port call in the country in the last 5 months

NOT THE FIRST TIME. File photo of USS Texas in a 2011 port call in Subic Bay. US Navy photo

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US submarine makes port call in Subic

Aug 04, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The US embassy says the submarine is capable of supporting intelligence surveillance reconnaissance anti submarine warfare anti surface ship warfare and strike missions

ADVANCED SUBMARINE? The USS Chicago arrives in Subic Bay as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey Jay Price

US Navy guided-missile cruiser to arrive in PH

May 29, 2015 - 4:43 PM

It s multi role warship capable of addressing threats in the air water or ashore

USS SHILOH. The US Navy guided-missile crusiser will make a port visit in Subic Bay. Photo from the US Embassy

South Korea, US, Japan envoys discuss North Korea nuclear concerns

May 27, 2015 - 11:09 AM

The effort comes as North Korea ramps up its nuclear rhetoric boasting last week of its ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead to fit on high precision long range rockets

NUCLEAR TALKS. (L to R) Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Hwang Joon-Kook, South Korean special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and Sung Kim, US special representative for North Korea policy, pose for a photo before their meeting at a hotel in Seoul on May 27, 2015. Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea claims breakthrough on nuclear missile warheads

May 20, 2015 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED If confirmed that would allow the deployment of nuclear weapons far beyond the Korean peninsula

Kerry warns 'provocative' North Korea of fresh sanctions

May 19, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Kerry says the recent test of a new submarine launched ballistic missile SLBM showed that North Korea had no genuine interest in engaging with the international community

STRONGER TIES. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, 18 May 2015. EPA/Chung Sung-Jun / POOL

North Korea sub missile test genuine, but exaggerated – experts

May 14, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The experts say the North is still likely in the early stages of developing a credible submarine launched ballistic missiles SLBM capability

TEST LAUNCH. An image obtained by Yonhap News Agency show a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater near Sinpo, on the northeast coast of North Korean, May 9, 2015. KCNA/EPA

South Korea's Park says North's sub missile threatens stability

May 12, 2015 - 4:28 PM

The May 9 test rang alarm bells in Seoul because a fully developed submarine launched ballistic missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level

TEST LAUNCH. An image obtained by Yonhap News Agency show a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater near Sinpo, on the northeast coast of North Korean, May 9, 2015. KCNA/EPA

Construction of undersea data cable connecting SEA-US begins

Apr 01, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Globe is investing 80 million in the project to provide ‘superior connectivity’ to consumers

Sweden boosts sub fleet after suspected Russian incursion

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:53 PM

The two submarines will be delivered by 2022

PH Navy's goal: At least 3 submarines

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:01 PM

The first step is the creation in 2013 of a submarine office in the Philippine Fleet to start developing the necessary skills and infrastructure says Navy Vice Commander Caesar Taccad

MODERNIZATION BRIEFING: Navy Vice Commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad (middle) boasts of the Navy's new assets

PH rebids anti-submarine choppers

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Acquisition of the ship based helicopters is part of the country s goal to achieve minimum deterrence capability in the disputed West Philippine Sea at a time when China is feverishly expanding its submarine fleet

Bidding documents file Rappler photo

Asia-America Gateway Internet cable fixed by October 6

Sep 23, 2014 - 2:11 PM

UPDATED Bad weather is hampering efforts to fix the Asia America Gateway undersea cable