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In The Current Issue of WARSHIPS Magazine

    • WHY DOES THE UK GOVT IGNORE GROWING MARITIME DEFENCE RISKS?
    • CARRIER AMBITIONS ENDURE IN THE KREMLIN
    • WORLD’S ‘BEST SMALL NATION NAVY’ TACKLES GROWING MISSION PORTFOLIO
    • FACING EAST & WEST
    • SHIPBUILDING REPORT PRESENTS ROYAL NAVY REVIVAL ROADMAP
    • IS THE SUN SETTING ON THE USN’s ‘BIG STICK’?
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TIME TO TURN PLOUGHSHARES BACK INTO WARSHIPS PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 January 2017 14:54

Odin’s Eye

 

WARSHIPS PLOUGHSHARES

The Cold War ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had been rendered bankrupt by the Reagan arms race. People in the West were promised a bounty - the so-called Peace Dividend - that would divert money spent on defence to public programmes. General prosperity and international goodwill would remove the danger of a Third World War and bring an end even to small conflicts.

 

A new world order would be brought in, which would be arbitrated by West standards. However, a different and less adept generation of Western leaders subsequently launched neo-liberal wars but when they invaded Iraq forgot to look in the history books. Successful conquering armies do not disband the defeated army or state infrastructure, as the USA did in 2003. In dismantling Iraq, the USA destroyed a secular state that had maintained a balance of power between its communities - Shiite and Suni, Christian and Jew - opening a Pandora’s box

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News Digest PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 January 2017 14:56

Reports by Usman Ansari & Charles Strathdee

  • IRANIAN WEAPONRY STILL FUELLING YEMEN WAR
  • ROYAL NAVY WARSHIP PROGRESS
  • UK’S NEW CARRIERS TO PATROL DISPUTED SEAS
  • EGYPTIAN BOAT NUMBER TWO CHRISTENED
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News Digest PDF Print E-mail
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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THREATS AT SEA SHOULD NOT BE ENHANCED BY GOVT NEGLECT PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 January 2017 14:52

GOVT NEGLECT

The Royal Navy still matters, but does the UK Government truly know it or rather understand how much? Does it properly comprehend the vast effort needed to create a full spectrum fighting fleet capable of handling any foe that threatens Britain, its vital interests at home and abroad, while also striving to protect allies?

 

And by how much we don’t mean the sea-based ballistic missile submarines - a political tool of deterrence sometimes confused as an actual weapon system to be used in war - which MPs and government ministers have a view on (even if some of them don’t bother with studying the logic of deterrence too deeply).

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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

RUSSIA MOVES 1

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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