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In The Current Issue of WARSHIPS Magazine

    • IS TRUMP’S MUCH BIGGER US NAVY A CASE OF ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE’?
    • REALPOLITIK PRESIDENTWILL DRIVE HARD BARGAINS
    • YEMEN ATTACKS ARE A SIGN OF THREATS TO COME
    • MOSCOW’S MISSILES TO GIRDLE THE WORLD
    • INDIAN OCEAN NUCLEAR FACE-OFF
    • KREMLIN UNLEASHES SYRIA BOMBARDMENT
    • ‘THIS IS NO TIME TO TALK THE NAVY DOWN’
    • KIWIS DON’T MIND SOME RAIN ON THEIR BIRTHDAY PARADE
    • MULTINATIONAL FORCE SAILS WITH ALACRITY TO THE RESCUE
    • WORTH OF COSTLY FRIGATE TO BE FOUND IN THE WEAPONS FIT
    • BUILDING THE FUTURE
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Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Reports by Usman Ansari & Dave Billinge

  • ITALIAN FRIGATE SCORES FREMM MISSILE FIRST
  • CHINESE SUBMARINES FOR BANGLADESH
  • UK & NORWAY AGREE JOINT TRAINING
  • BALKANS NAVY ON PATROL IN AEGEAN
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RUSSIA MOVES TO SECURE ITS GLOBAL FLANKS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Report by Iain Ballantyne

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A Russian destroyer fires her guns during a recent naval exercise with China in the Pacific. Photo: Russian defence ministry.

 

Two occupied territories seized by Russia from the defeated powers at the close of WW2 are at the centre of new tensions. Bastion and Bal Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) systems have been deployed to the Kurile Islands off the northern tip of Japan. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the Kaliningrad enclave - already stuffed full of military hardware and host to the major naval base and warship construction yard at Baltiysk - has in recent weeks also received Bastion batteries.

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Friday, 28 October 2016 14:38

Reports by Charles Strathdee and Usman Ansari

 

  • NAVIES PITCH IN FOR DECISIVE FIGHT
  • FLYING LEATHERNECKS FOR UK CARRIER FIRMS UP
  • SOUTH CHINA SEA COMBAT EXERCISES
  • VETERAN FRIGATE COMPLETES FINAL FRONT LINE MISSION
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SAFEGUARD OF THE SEAS REDUCED TO J.A.M. NAVY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Odin’s Eye

State of the RN 2016

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The First Sea Lord in a rallying call to the Navy and the nation asks that the Royal Navy should be judged on action not commentary (by which he means analysis of the fleet’s current condition not generated by the Service itself or the Ministry of Defence). Well, as one of the principal commentators on the UK naval scene - someone who loves the RN and understands completely its importance to the security and prosperity of the nation - Odin says let’s hope that the Navy is not soon judged in action. For, across a series of defence cuts, culminating in the disastrous SDSR 2010, decisions have been taken to balance the books regardless of the need to maintain Britain’s defence.

 

The Navy is in dire straits and it is only due to apathy or ignorance of naval matters by the majority of newspapers and other media organisations that the damage has been done without much interest beyond the naval community. Those chickens are coming home to roost and even media organisations with, shall we say, no Naval Intellect at all are realising something is seriously wrong.

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WHY THE RN DOESN’T NEED A ROYAL YACHT DUTY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:31

(because they don’t defend trade or counter Russian submarines & aircraft carriers)

 

Odin’s Eye

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During the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review in 1977, the destroyer HMS Birmingham follows the Royal Yacht Britannia carrying H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Photo: Jonathan Eastland/AJAX.

 

Back in the day who among those who had the honour of sailing aboard warships in company with the Royal Yacht Britannia could not but admire her beauty and feel huge pride at being chosen to protect the Sovereign. But that was then and this is now. The Royal Navy of today is a shadow of its former self. Twenty or so years ago it had enough warships and people to handle the supreme honour of riding shotgun on Britannia.

 

In 1992 the Royal Navy had 13 destroyers and 37 frigates and 63,000 personnel. Today the RN has 17 operational destroyers and frigates, just over half the number of people and is struggling already to find enough people and ships to handle present and future tasks.

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