WHY DOES THE UK GOVT IGNORE GROWING MARITIME DEFENCE RISKS?
Dr Gary Blackburn ponders the puzzling inability of the UK Government to grasp the multiplying perils on the high seas, which come at a time when the Royal Navy is divesting itself of even more defensive capabilities while bringing into service two massive warships.
Photo: US Navy.
CARRIER AMBITIONS ENDURE IN THE KREMLIN
Dr James Bosbotinis explains how deployment of Russia’s elderly aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean was a statement of intent, with ambitious plans for a more capable big deck aviation ship.
Photo: US DoD.
WORLD’S ‘BEST SMALL NATION NAVY’ TACKLES GROWING MISSION PORTFOLIO
Special Correspondent Guy Toremans interviews the head of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), Rear Admiral John Martin, who took up the role of Chief of the RNZN in December 2015. They discuss the RNZN’s future plans and how the fleet tackles front line challenges with its modest, though relatively modern, assets.
FACING EAST & WEST
Chief analyst Usman Ansari examines how an ambitious infrastructure project is driving Pakistan’s naval modernisation and creating a new strategic alliance with Turkey to complement that established with China.
Photo: Turkish Navy.
SHIPBUILDING REPORT PRESENTS ROYAL NAVY REVIVAL ROADMAP
Pete Sandeman takes a look at the UK’s recently published National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) report, which aims to provide a roadmap for a stronger Royal Navy. It is, however, an advisory document with the formal NSS adopted by the government not necessarily matching its vision.
IS THE SUN SETTING ON THE USN’s ‘BIG STICK’?
It was the navalist President Theodore Roosevelt who coined the phrase ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ at the turn of the 20th Century to describe how the USA should pursue its geo-strategic aims. Ever since WW2, the ‘big stick’ has been the US Navy’s carriers with their air wings of strike aircraft. With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the world is asking whether or not the USA will still ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’. Will we see the end of the USN’s super-carriers dominating the seven seas? According to Special Correspondent David Axe, the new President could actually increase the number of ‘big sticks’.
Photo: US Navy.
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