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Battle of the Coral Sea  75th Anniversary 4-8 May 2017

Battle of the Coral Sea 75th Anniversary 4-8 May 2017

By Desmond Woods

On the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 it is time to remember the 543 Americans who were killed in the battle. It is also time to remember the contribution made by Australian born Rear Admiral John ( Jack ) Crace, RN in command of the Task Force comprising the RAN and USN Squadron which blocked the Jomard passage to the Japanese ships planning to seize Port Moresby.

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World naval developments Apr 2017

World naval developments Apr 2017


EARLY in April the U.S. destroyers Ross and Porter fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield from which a nerve gas attack against Syrian civilians had just been mounted. Norman Friedman looks at the implications in his ANI monthly review of global naval developments.

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The Coast Guard and protecting chokepoints

The Coast Guard and protecting chokepoints

By Victoria Castleberry*

The need for security of international maritime trade has never been greater as over 90 percent of internationally traded goods are transported via maritime shipping and 70 percent of maritime shipped goods are containerized cargo.1 Most trade vessels are funneled through one or more of six strategic chokepoints around the world: the Suez and Panama Canals, Strait of Malacca, Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, Strait of Gibraltar, and the Strait of Hormuz.2

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Coordination: the Kingdom of Thailand’s example

Coordination: the Kingdom of Thailand’s example

By Captain Panuphun Rakkeo*

The Thai Government recognizes that maritime security could not be handled by any one agency alone. In order to ensure safety of the seas, the Office of the National Security Council approved the establishment of the Thai Maritime Law Enforcement Coordinating Center or THAI-MECC on 17 March 1997. It is located at the Navy Operations Center and operates under the Office of the National Security Council’s guidance. It was officially declared operational on 9 January 1998.

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Europe’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy

Europe’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy

IN THE aftermath of the July 2016 ruling by the United Nation’s Permanent Court of Arbitration that broadly found China’s demarcation claims in the South China Sea to be without legal merit, it became apparent that legal decisions alone would do little to influence the status quo. So what is Europe’s maritime strategy for the region?

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French maritime strategic thought in the Info-Pacific

French maritime strategic thought in the Info-Pacific

In Europe, France is distinctive in claiming that its boundaries actually extend outside Europe into the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, i.e. the ‘Indo-Pacific,’ through its overseas departments (département d’outre-mer), and overseas territories (territoire d’outre-mer), which are considered integral parts of France, and indeed thereby of the European Union. David Scott looks at the implications.

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Redistribution of maritime power a reality: French Admiral

Redistribution of maritime power a reality: French Admiral

A French admiral’s view: Sailors are privileged, active observers of the world that surrounds them. Recent activity is very different from the dynamic immediately following the end of the Cold War. A substantial redistribution of the world’s maritime powers is a reality. China, Russia, Japan, India and Brazil have all acquired naval means (Aircraft carriers, submarines and frigates) enabling them to affirm their power at sea. This is a rupture from the past.

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