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Naval build-up ongoing in Arab Gulf States

Last week saw Qatar host the second Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX). The event gave companies in the maritime security field the opportunity to show off their goods and services to a wide audience of international and regional naval personnel. On display were ships from Pakistan, India, […]

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NATO to adopt “a more a more extensive and flexible missile shield for Europe”

Several years ago Canada took the curious approach of rejecting participation in the North American version of Ballistic Missile Defence while supporting NATO having a BMD capability in Europe.  It will be interesting to see if Canada continues its NIMBYapproach at NATO’s Lisbon summit next month. Here are two excerpts […]

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Strait of Hormuz Incident: The recent U.S.-Iranian run-in at sea

On reading reports and scanning the video of the recent U.S. Navy – Iranian Revolutionary Guard incident in the Straits of Hormuz I was struck by how restrained the American forces were and how rash the Iranian. The Revolutionary Guards broadcast their hostile intent on the radio, manoeuvered to deploy […]

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Three Cheers For Diplomacy

Controversy has broken out in the media, particularly in the U.K. and the U.S., over the behaviour, while captive, of the British naval personnel who were recently seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and subsequently detained by Iran’s governing authorities. Their effusive expressions of thanks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […]

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The consequences of swarming tactics

Andrew Scutro’s recent article from Navy Times indicates that the USN is conducting a thorough review of their boarding procedures after Iran’s recent employment of swarming tactics off the Al Faw Penisula. It also reports the Royal Navy will also conduct “a full review” of the incident. A USN spokesperson […]

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