Analysis

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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Navy Fleet Review and future intentions

Navy Fleet Review and future intentions

TILL GEOFFBy 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.

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The vast scale of the Snowden case

The vast scale of the Snowden case

Edward-SnowdenBy Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems

The intelligence disaster wrought by Edward Snowden (pictured) carries important lessons about the character of the digital world we now inhabit. Intelligence agencies, and indeed anyone who relies on information security, is far more vulnerable than in the past.

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Flying the ASEAN flag

Flying the ASEAN flag

asean flagBy Chris Watson*Unfortunately it appears even that the tsunami and the subsequent embarrassing dependency on outsiders for assistance was insufficient to persuade ASEAN members that there exists a need for real naval interoperability.

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