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In The Current Issue of WARSHIPS Magazine

    • WHY DOES THE UK GOVT IGNORE GROWING MARITIME DEFENCE RISKS?
    • CARRIER AMBITIONS ENDURE IN THE KREMLIN
    • WORLD’S ‘BEST SMALL NATION NAVY’ TACKLES GROWING MISSION PORTFOLIO
    • FACING EAST & WEST
    • SHIPBUILDING REPORT PRESENTS ROYAL NAVY REVIVAL ROADMAP
    • IS THE SUN SETTING ON THE USN’s ‘BIG STICK’?
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SAFEGUARD OF THE SEAS REDUCED TO J.A.M. NAVY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Odin’s Eye

State of the RN 2016

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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 the Service itself or the Ministry of Defence). Well, as one of the principal commentators on the UK naval scene - someone who loves the RN and understands completely its importance to the security and prosperity of the nation - Odin says let’s hope that the Navy is not soon judged in action. For, across a series of defence cuts, culminating in the disastrous SDSR 2010, decisions have been taken to balance the books regardless of the need to maintain Britain’s defence.

 

The Navy is in dire straits and it is only due to apathy or ignorance of naval matters by the majority of newspapers and other media organisations that the damage has been done without much interest beyond the naval community. Those chickens are coming home to roost and even media organisations with, shall we say, no Naval Intellect at all are realising something is seriously wrong.

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News Digest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:38

Reports by Charles Strathdee and Usman Ansari

 

  • NAVIES PITCH IN FOR DECISIVE FIGHT
  • FLYING LEATHERNECKS FOR UK CARRIER FIRMS UP
  • SOUTH CHINA SEA COMBAT EXERCISES
  • VETERAN FRIGATE COMPLETES FINAL FRONT LINE MISSION
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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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WHY THE RN DOESN’T NEED A ROYAL YACHT DUTY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:31

(because they don’t defend trade or counter Russian submarines & aircraft carriers)

 

Odin’s Eye

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During the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review in 1977, the destroyer HMS Birmingham follows the Royal Yacht Britannia carrying H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Photo: Jonathan Eastland/AJAX.

 

Back in the day who among those who had the honour of sailing aboard warships in company with the Royal Yacht Britannia could not but admire her beauty and feel huge pride at being chosen to protect the Sovereign. But that was then and this is now. The Royal Navy of today is a shadow of its former self. Twenty or so years ago it had enough warships and people to handle the supreme honour of riding shotgun on Britannia.

 

In 1992 the Royal Navy had 13 destroyers and 37 frigates and 63,000 personnel. Today the RN has 17 operational destroyers and frigates, just over half the number of people and is struggling already to find enough people and ships to handle present and future tasks.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 14:37
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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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