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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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‘FOURTH BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC’ IS REALLY VERSION 3.1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:21

A top US Navy admiral has proposed that what is in essence a fourth battle of the Atlantic is currently underway. It is, according to Vice Admiral James Foggo, a contest between Russia and the West, with strong echoes of the past, but posing a clear and present danger. Iain Ballantyne agrees and here looks at how history could be repeating itself due to the neglect of vital warfare skills and decline in naval critical mass in the West (and Britain in particular).

 

RUSSIAN MISSILE LAUNCH

Pictured Above: A cruise missile blasts out of the silo aboard a Russian Navy corvette during a 2015 strike on targets in Syria. Photo: Russian defence ministry.

 

On the evening of September 17, 1939, the elderly British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous was leading a submarine-hunting group in waters to the south west of Ireland. She was following a flawed tactic of searching out U-boats, rather than avoiding the risk to such a precious fleet asset by letting the enemy’s submarines reveal themselves while making attacks on convoys of merchant ships. Escort vessels could then, hopefully, attack and destroy them. However, there were not enough escort ships or anti-submarine specialists to always provide convoy cover.

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BEIJING DEFIANT OVER ISLAND FORTRESSES PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:07

Report by Iain Ballantyne

CHINA BASTIONS

Pictured Above: The Chinese frigate Hengshui and destroyer Xian lead a multinational task group during RIMPAC 2016. Photo: US Navy. 

 

As China reaches for true globe-girdling great power status, the new generation ballistic missile submarines of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) are a key element.

 

Just as the Soviet Union strove in the 1970s and 1980s to make the Arctic a bastion for its own SSBNs, so the PLAN today wishes to cordon off the deep waters of the South China Sea in which to hide its ‘Bombers’.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 14:21
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News Digest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:03

Reports by Usman Ansari

& Francis Beaufort

 

  • RUSSIAN NAVY MODERNISATION
  • NORWEGIAN MISSILE FOR US NAVY LCS
  • FRENCH FRIGATE RETURNS HOME
  • POTENTIAL KILO DEAL
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EUROPE ‘COULD BECOME BACKWATER’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:56

Rising Russian and Chinese Threats Ignored at UK’s Peril

Report by Usman Ansari & Francis Beaufort

 

DARING AT PEARL 

A strong warning that the British must wake up to the value and vulnerability of their vital maritime sector was issued at a London event. Held at the Naval Club, Mayfair, the talking shop was organised to heighten awareness of the UK’s maritime dimension, with around 50 distinguished experts gathering to discuss a wide range of subjects all linked by the sea and European policies.

 

Julian Parker, Chairman of the Maritime Foundation - the body that organised the summit - opening by saying: “The sea is vital to Europe just as it is vital to Britain. It is the principal medium of international and inter-regional trade. The seas around Europe sustain an essential resource of fish and shellfish, which supports a major fish processing industry, so maritime security is a vital issue too.”

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The Gears of History are Grinding PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:49

Odin’s Eye

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The recent UK vote for Brexit was instantly seen by the ruling Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) as a brilliant opportunity to push for another Independence referendum. Should Scotland finally break away, it will have huge implications for the future of the sea-based nuclear deterrent force at HM Naval Base Clyde.

 

Former Prime Minister David Cameron is said to have banned contingency plans to switch the Trident submarines and Astute Class attack boats to England. These should now be developed under new P.M. Theresa May. Devonport - already home to the SSBN refit yard and also Trafalgar Class SSNs - will surely be waiting in the wings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:56
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