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Update on US Navy’s laser program

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On 1 July the US Congressional Research Service published a 40 page report titled Navy Shipboard Lasers: Background and Issues for Congress. In its...

Tonga stages fleet review

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On 4 July 2024 to mark His Majesty King Tupou VI's 65th birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the Tongan Navy, a Fleet Review...

Smaller RIMPAC presence needs context

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Smaller RIMPAC presence needs contextBy Peter Leavy* Australia’s participation in the 2024 RIMPAC naval exercise, judged purely on the fact it has sent just HMAS...

Indo-Pacific: more turn to submarines

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Several US allies in the region have launched new subs this year, and others are making plans to buy them, reflecting a long-standing focus...

Satellite-comms drone launch and recovery

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A Hawaii-based aviation unit recently conducted the first all-Marine satellite communications launch and recovery as the force aims to grow its drone force and...

Transitioning from strike group mentality

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By CDR Anthony LaVopa, USN* The United States Navy and its allies have enjoyed uncontested control of the world’s oceans for over thirty years. But...

Ukrainian naval officer’s ‘way to victory’

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At the bustling King George V Dock, as the Ukrainian warships Chernihiv and Cherkasy prepared for Exercise Sea Breeze, UK Defence Journal spoke with...

Skills critical in the new warfare

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By Andrew Horton* The evolution of warfare in the 21st century has ushered in an era of cyber conflicts, artificial intelligence  and autonomous systems. Those...

AUKUS: importance of nuclear culture

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By Eric Lies* With the continuing implementation of AUKUS Pillar 1, it’s imperative that the culture of the budding Australian nuclear navy is built with care....

Report on US uncrewed sea vehicles

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On 27 June the US Congressional Research Service released a 31-page report on the state of the US Navy’s large uncrewed surface and undersea...