Analysis

China angling for greater presence

China angling for greater presence

NormanFriedman2By NORNAN FRIEDMAN
LAST December, the Chinese province of Hainan announced an exclusively Chinese fishing zone covering much of the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard ships arrested some fishing vessels and seized their catch. Protests drew the claim that this was not a matter of Chinese national policy, merely a policy broached by a provincial government – but there has been no retreat on the Chinese part.

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Why did the French lose their Indochinese colonies?

Why did the French lose their Indochinese colonies?

July 1948 - Hoa Hao women's troops training for jungle war with sabers, in French Indo China (Public domain)By MIKE FOGARTY
“THE VIETNAMESE Revolution might be said to have begun with nationalism and ended with communism.” (Hoang Van Chi)
The French lost their Indochinese colonies due to political, military, diplomatic, economic and socio-cultural factors. The fall of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled a loss of French power.

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Thoughts on the LHD and a fixed wing capability

Thoughts on the LHD and a fixed wing capability

F-35B on descent (Lockheed Martin photo)By Commander David Hobbs, MBE, RN (Rtd)*
TO THE the logical mind, the most surprising element of the 2007 decision to build two Canberra class LHDs was the acceptance by the Australian Government of advice from a lobby group that fighter aircraft based in Australia, with their limited radius of action and fixed supply chains, could provide support for these ships and their ‘all-arms’ battle groups wherever they might be deployed.

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New radar system for Netherlands ship

New radar system for Netherlands ship

HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828), 11.2013Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Speijk. Re-designed main mast with the new SeaWatcher 100 active phased array surface detection and tracking radar and the repositioned SMART-S radar.
Michael Nitz – Naval Press Service

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Rise of Indian naval power

Rise of Indian naval power

VikrantTHE ambitious Indian defense research program has often failed to meet its goals, and its programs have often run very late, but the scope and the ambition are both worth noticing, NORMAN FRIEDMAN writes.

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Hopeless western naivety over Ukraine

Hopeless western naivety over Ukraine

putinBy Norman Friedman*, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

IN MARCH, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized the Crimea from Ukraine, and in the process may have ignited a smaller-scale version of the Cold War. Putin had famously said that the collapse and dissolution of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the Twentieth Century, the implication being that he would make his place in history by reversing it.

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Dealing with ‘a more dangerous place’

Dealing with ‘a more dangerous place’

Sea King helicopter being refuelled in flightVernon Parker Oration with Commander David Hobbs, MBE, RN (Rtd):
“The world is actually a more dangerous place today than it was 50 years ago and aviation, within a maritime strategy, will have a vital part to play in many operations that cannot, yet, be predicted. ”

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