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.
ROY LOVITT was an RAN Chaplain from 1961-1977. His daughter PAULINE LOVITT writes of her father’s years of service.Read More
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.
Royal 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
THE 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.Read More
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.Read More
Vernon 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. ”
By Geoffrey Till*
The Australian Fleet Review held in October 2013 was certainly a spectacular example of the type. It commemorated the arrival, exactly one hundred years earlier, of the so-called British-built (but in large measure Australian paid-for) ‘Fleet unit’ which more or less started the Royal Australian Navy.