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World naval developments — August 2014

NormanFriedman2THE U.K. turns out two aircraft carriers at a time of intense inter-service rivalry. NORMAN FRIEDMAN looks at the month's world naval developments.

Chinese Navy still lagging in some areas

THE Chinese Navy has done a lot of modernisation in the past 20 years, but it still lags in some areas, according to Feng from Information Dissemination.

ICSOT Indonesia: Developments in Ship Design & Construction

The next conference is planned to be held at Hasanuddin University Makassar 4-5 November 2014, by cooperating with the Naval Architecture Department, Engineering Faculty,...

7th Fleet maintenance and overseas sustainment summit

More than 20 participants, both military and civilian, attended 7th Fleet Maintenance and Overseas Sustainment Summit hosted on board the submarine tender USS Frank...

MH17’s impact greater than Russian invasions

BUK-M1 SA-11 Gadfly missilePUTIN, who is affected by public opinion to only a limited extent, can be forgiven for not realizing that Western governments are in a very different position. The images of all those dead innocents exert enormous power in the West. NORMAN FRIEDMAN analyses the shooting down of MH17.

A grand strategic framework for Australia – a maritime nation

090606-N-4774B-140IN THE more than a century since Australia was created by federation of six colonial and other territories, there has never been a coherent grand strategic framework for Australia’s national security and defence policy and the development of force posture and structure, CHRISTOPHER SKINNER writes.

The gift that has kept on giving – BRP Quezon

BRP Manuel L. Quezon (70), August 2009, off Indonesia Pictures and text by MICHAEL NITZ - Naval Press Service BRP Quezon is one of the oldest ships worldwide in active navy service. The corvette originally commissioned for the US Navy in February 1944 and was later transferred to the Philippine Navy in 1967. Built by Associated Shipbuilders in Seattle, she has seen a wide variety of fit-outs and duties.

Japan’s rising security challenges

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Makinami (DD 112) JAPAN'S decision to reinterpret its pacific constitution to allow the right to collective defence has angered China. It is crafting a more active role in security and defence in response to rising instability in Northeast Asia. BARRY DESKER and BHUBHINDAR SINGH comment.

Unmanned maritime surveillance and weapons systems

SpartanScoutImage.jpgBy GARY MARTINIC THE rapid evolution of military robotic technology evident today has seen the emergence and growing acceptance of unmanned vehicles (UVs) across all three operating environments, air, land and sea. This has been due to the fact that UVs have consistently demonstrated their worth across a wide spectrum of current military operations and campaigns.

Japan goes on the defensive

NormanFriedman2LATE in June Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan would modify its military policy to make contributions to collective defence permissible. Norman Friedman looks at the implications.