IRANIAN WEAPONRY STILL FUELLING YEMEN WAR Despite a UN-authorised coalition presence at sea, weaponry suspected to have mainly originated in Iran, is being smuggled to Houthi rebels. A recent report by the think-tank Conflict Armament Research highlighted how Australian, French, and US warships operating in the Arabian Sea in 2016 intercepted shipments of small arms, ammunition, and weaponry, such as guided anti-tank missiles of Iranian and Russian origin. The ...Read more
The lead vessel of Italy’s FREMM frigate class, Carlo Bergamini, was the first ship of her kind to fire an Aster 30 missile during a test on the Quirra missile range.
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The French Navy strike carrier FNS Charles De Gaulle returned to the fray against ISIL as a coalition of forces gathered for a big assault on the last major bastion of the terrorist group in Iraq.
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Most if not all of Russia’s Project 949A Oscar II nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGN) are to be put through a comprehensive US $372 million upgrade by 2020 to keep them operational into the 2030s.
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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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more