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KREMLIN LAUNCHES NEW BATTLE FOR THE ATLANTIC, ARCTIC & MED PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2015 10:39

Report by Iain Ballantyne

 

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An ambitious new strategy in which Russia will aim to contest supremacy over the Atlantic and in the Arctic has been laid out during a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin aboard a warship.

 

Under major revisions to its maritime doctrine and operational stance, the Russian Navy will also maintain a permanent squadron in the Mediterranean. It was all outlined aboard the guided-missile frigate RFS Admiral of the Fleet Sergei Gorshkov, lead ship in a proposed class of at least six new 4,500 tons frigates being constructed for the Russian Navy.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 10:54
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News Digest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2015 10:47

Reports by Usman Ansari, Iain Ballantyne, Francis Beaufort & Charles Strathdee

  • RN & USN ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ TO GROW EVER TIGHTER
  • GERMAN TYPE 26 GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP?
  • NEW TYPE LAUNCHED
  • ITALY ORDERS NEW ASSAULT CARRIER
  • CANADA GEARS UP FOR SUPPLY VESSELS 
Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 10:51
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UK IN STATE OF DENIAL OVER NAVAL DEFENCE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:33

Odin’s Eye

(From the July 2015 edition)

 

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A sense of deep unease has settled on the defence community of the United Kingdom, if indeed any such collective description could be applied to the UK’s Armed Forces, their supporters in the general population and the various industrial enterprises that depend on them. Often they have competing concerns, not least the Navy, Army and Air Force, which are bound to fight their own corners.

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UK GOVT DEPLOYS SMOKE AND MIRRORS ON ‘DEFENCE’ SPENDING PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2015 10:32

Odin’s Eye

(From the September 2015 edition)

 

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Over the past 20 years Britain has passed from a Strategic Defence Review, through Blair’s Wars and Brown’s Budgets to seeking to defend itself in a self-imposed age of austerity via the Strategic Defence and Security Review of Cameron’s crew.

 

In the SDR of 1997/8 Britain committed itself to a well-reasoned and commensurate level of forces and to a strategy of expeditionary warfare (which Gordon Brown then refused to fund). The SDSR of 2010 was a hurried exercise, which led to the premature withdrawal from service of the Navy’s carriers and of the Harrier force, and the setting out of something known as Future Force 2020.

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WAR ON THE PEOPLE TRAFFICKERS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:30

(From the July 2015 edition)

Dr Dave Sloggett and Iain Ballantyne report on the formation of a new naval force tasked with disrupting and destroying people trafficking networks in the Mediterranean.

 

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As declarations of serious intent to take military action go, it was couched in the terms you might expect from a committee. In the middle of May the Council of the European Union (EU) revealed it had ordered establishment of a new force, named EU Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med). It has the specific objective of setting out to ‘break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean’ (as an official statement put it).

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