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QUEEN ELIZABETH IS AFLOAT NOW MAKE A CASE SUITABLE FOR DANGEROUS TIMES PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:50

Odin’s Eye

IAN ARTHUR FOR ODIN

One hundred years ago workers in Portsmouth Dockyard were racing to complete a mighty ship of war named Queen Elizabeth, potentially the most powerful naval vessel ever constructed in Britain.

 

Lead ship in a new class of five super dreadnoughts, the future HMS Queen Elizabeth was cutting edge. Using oil to fuel her boilers (and so provide unprecedented sustained speed for a battleship) she was to be armed with 15-inch guns that were the first of their kind to ever be mounted in a capital ship.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 14:10
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News Digest from the September 2014 Edition PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 14:01

Reports by Usman Ansari, Dave Billinge,

Juan Carlos Cicalesi & Agustin Puetz

  • STRIKE CARRIER FOR RAN?
  • CHILEAN SUBMARINE & FRIGATE IN COLLISION AT SEA
  • FRANCE PRESSES ON WITH RUSSIAN BUILD
  • FRIGATE SHORTAGE
  • INDIAN ASW BOOST

 

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The New ‘Central Front’ is not on Land or in the air but at Sea PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:37

Odin’s Eye

DESTROYER SHADOWS RUSSIAN - Copy

 

In May 2014, as the Ukraine crisis rumbles on, the destroyer HMS Dragon shadows the Russian carrier Kuznetsov in the English Channel.

Photo: UK MoD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the immediate aftermath of the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989, signalling the political end of the Cold War, there was a brief period of two years when the military standoff was ostensibly continued.

Even so, a process of dismantling the forces that had maintained the East-West face-off began with almost indecent haste.

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CHINA BOOSTS ITS GLOBAL REACH VIA NAVAL DIPLOMACY PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:56

by Iain Ballantyne

& Usman Ansari

 

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China is extending its maritime defence diplomacy mission into Africa as part of an increasingly ambitious global effort to use its navy for making friends and influencing people.

 

The provision of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to Nigeria and construction of patrol vessels for neighbouring Cameroon is only the latest development for a rising superpower that has massive economic interests already in Africa. A naval task group of three vessels - frigates Yancheng and Louyang together with auxiliary support ship Taihu - called in at Lagos.

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Crimean Steal of the Century PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2014 07:53

(Does Russia Want to Annex Ukraine’s Aircraft Carrier Construction Yard?)

by Iain Ballantyne with Usman Ansari


Putin in Conference

President Vladimir Putin during his historic speech last month (March) in the Kremlin.

 

Photo: Office of the President of Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the last stand of the Ukrainian Navy. Try as they might, Russian forces for a long while failed to take the mine warfare vessel Cherkassy. Several times the Russians tried to storm aboard in a hail of stun grenades and gunfire while intimidating Mi35 helicopter gunships clattered overhead, but the defiant Ukrainians held out.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:27
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