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Hopeless western naivety over Ukraine

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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.

Dealing with ‘a more dangerous place’

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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. "

Navy Fleet Review and future intentions

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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.

The vast scale of the Snowden case

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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.

Melbourne-Voyager: causes and inquiries

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By Commodore David Ferry AM RAN (Rtd)* WITH discussion likely at commemoration of this accident I review theories as to its cause - including one...

RADM David Holthouse

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Dad White UniformInstead of an obituary for RADM David Holthouse, who died earlier this year, the Naval Historical Society reprinted in a recent edition an article he wrote some years ago which is an excellent memoir of his naval career, and is produced below.

Eternal Patrol – Commodore Bryan Cleary, RAN (Rtd)

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By Captain Chris Churcher CSM, RAN REGRETTABLY I advise of the passing of Commodore Bryan Cleary, RAN (Rtd), who died of a heart attack on Sat 7 Dec 2013. Commodore Cleary joined the Navy as a recruit in 1942 through HMAS Cerberus, but was quickly identified as an officer candidate and by Nov 1942 was a Midshipman in the RANVR.

Centenary of ANZAC (Navy)

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HMAS SYDNEY escorting First AIF Convoy from Albany Nov 1914Lieutenant Commander  Desmond Woods, RAN Staff Officer Centenary of Anzac (Navy) The last half of 1914 and the first half of 2015 were very busy months for the young RAN and the same period a century on will be filled  with Centenary of Anzac (Navy) commemorative activities. These events will remind Australians of those key naval and maritime events in which the RAN took part both in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and in the Dardanelles.

Flying the ASEAN flag

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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.

Admiral Sir John ‘Sandy’ Woodward RN

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Admiral Woodward makes an address in retirement (Courtesy Salon magazine) By Captain Peter Hore* ADMIRAL Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward, who has died aged 81, commanded the carrier battle group, Task Force 317.8, during the Falklands War in 1982. In March 1982 Woodward was a rear admiral and as Flag Officer, First Flotilla commanded a group of ships on their spring exercise off Gibraltar.   On March 29, as the news from the South Atlantic worsened, Woodward joined the Commander in Chief Fleet, John Fieldhouse in his temporary flagship, the destroyer Glamorgan. That evening, with Captain Mike Barrow, the captain of Glamorgan, they discussed ‘what if’ the Falkland Islands were to be invaded and they were asked to re-take them.