• CHINESE DEFENCE DIPLOMACY SEEKS TO PERSUADE BRITAIN TO PULL ITS PUNCHES
  • BRITISH FAILURE TO INTRODUCE BMD ‘HARD KILL’ LEAVES EUROPE & NATO EXPOSED
  • BID TO ENSURE OLD WARRIORS SAIL ON INTO 2030s
  • COMPETITORS WHO WILL SEEK TO TORPEDO UK’s EXPORT FRIGATE
  • AXING UK AMPHIB FORCES WOULD BE A CUT TOO FAR
  • DILEMMA OF HOW TO DOCK BOTH AT HOME & ABROAD

CHINESE DEFENCE DIPLOMACY SEEKS TO PERSUADE BRITAIN TO PULL ITS PUNCHES

Following a visit to London by Beijing’s warships Chief Analyst Usman Ansari ponders the likely reality of closer ties between the Royal Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
Photo: Sandra Rowse.

BRITISH FAILURE TO INTRODUCE BMD ‘HARD KILL’ LEAVES EUROPE & NATO EXPOSED

In the wake of Exercise Formidable Shield, Graham Edmonds visits the question of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) for the UK. It stands out among leading European NATO nations in having no firm plans for hard kill BMD capabilities in its most modern major surface combatants.
Photo: US Navy.

 

BID TO ENSURE OLD WARRIORS SAIL ON INTO 2030s

Special Correspondent David Axe reports that Congress could save the US Navy’s oldest Ticonderoga Class cruisers.
Photo: US Navy.

 

COMPETITORS WHO WILL SEEK TO TORPEDO UK’s EXPORT FRIGATE

The UK Ministry of Defence has fired the starting gun on the Type 31e frigate programme, looking to not only construct five warships for the Royal Navy but also sell the new vessel to other fleets (hence the ‘e’ in the name). We look at competitors the British Type 31e is likely to face as it seeks to win a place in overseas navies.
Image: Naval Group.

 

AXING UK AMPHIB FORCES WOULD BE A CUT TOO FAR

Timothy Compston weighs up a clear and present danger to the viability of the Royal Navy’s amphibious forces, which currently place it in the top division of projecting power across the beach. They also provide options for a whole range of other operations.
Photo: Iain Ballantyne.

 

DILEMMA OF HOW TO DOCK BOTH AT HOME & ABROAD

James Galvin weighs up huge challenges – and seeming uncertainty – confronting the Royal Navy’s new strike carriers when it comes to where in the UK they will be dry-docked and refitted. Arrangements for repairs while the ships are on deployment are also considered.
Photo: Jonathan Eastland/AJAX.

 

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