|Title:|| ||Myanmar Navy
|Description/subject:|| ||"The Myanmar Navy is the naval branch of the armed forces of Myanmar with 16,000 men and women. The Myanmar Navy currently operates more than 122 vessels. Before 1988, the Myanmar Navy was small and its role in the many counterinsurgency operations against insurgents was much less conspicuous than those of the army and air force. Yet the navy has always been, and remains, an important factor in Myanmar's security and it was dramatically expanded in recent years to a provide blue water capability and external threat defence role in Myanmar's territorial waters..."|
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|Date of entry/update:|| ||08 October 2007|
|Title:|| ||Myanmar, North Korea stay brothers in arms
|Date of publication:|| ||05 September 2013|
|Description/subject:|| ||"If a press statement from the US Department of Defense is to be believed, President Barack Obama is quite pleased with the reform process underway in Myanmar, especially recent progress ''that's been made on human rights''. The message was conveyed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in late August when he met with his counterparts from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei, including Lieutenant-General Wai Lwin, the current defense minister of Myanmar, a former pariah state turned darling of the West.
But there was an important caveat in Hagel's statement that indicated Washington's main concern in Myanmar is not
democracy and human rights. Rather, he stressed ''it's important that Myanmar sever ties with North Korea''.
Evidently Myanmar has not rolled back relations with Pyongyang despite persistent pressure from Washington, including during then secretary of state Hillary Clinton's historic visit to Myanmar in December 2011, and believed behind-the-scenes prodding from Japan and South Korea..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Bertil Lintner|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"Asia Times Online"|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||29 May 2014|
|Title:|| ||Full Steam Ahead
|Date of publication:|| ||August 2009|
|Description/subject:|| ||Burma plans to expand its "Blue Water" fleet..."Burma's naval officers are not trusted in the armed forces. They are considered to be liberal and more educated than army officers. During the 1988 uprising, several navy officers joined the student protesters.
Burma's naval officers are also often outspoken in complaining about the comparatively low share of the military budget allotted to the maritime force and the modest size of the fleet.
However, this may change. Since early 1990, Burma has bought 10 Hainan-class sub-chasers and six Houxian-class missile escorts from China. The missile escorts are armed with four surface-to-surface missiles.
With Chinese help, Burma has also built fast patrol craft and two corvettes. In the past, Burma bought ships and patrol craft from the US, UK, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Singapore.
According to a leading Burmese researcher on defense matters, Maung Aung Myoe, Burma plans to build a frigate, and to this end has begun upgrading its ship-building facilities at the naval dockyard. In the 1990s, the regime planned to purchase Chinese frigates to help curtail incursions in Burmese waters by fishing vessels from neighboring countries, but at the time the regime could not afford to buy them even at "friendship prices."
The junta is also acquiring technical know-how on the construction and repair of the Burmese fleet's warships, and some unconfirmed reports suggest that North Korea has proposed to sell Burma a small submarine. It is not known, however, whether Burma plans to acquire submarines in the near future..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Aung Zaw|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 5|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||26 December 2009|
|Title:|| ||Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region
|Author/creator:|| ||Rahul Roy-Chaudhury|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi; Originally published in the journal Maritime Studies)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||03 June 2003|