Royal Navy

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A View from the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, has spoken about how the Navy is supporting operations in Afghanistan and how Defence needs to think beyond Afghanistan.  Read the Telegraph article here. Admiral Stanhope gave his speech at Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of […]

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Countering Somali Piracy – All International Eggs in one Basket?*

* Moderator’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, September 2009, pp. 30-31. The focused intervention of foreign naval forces off the coast of Somalia raises as many questions as it answers.  Why Somalia and not Nigeria or Indonesia?  Why so much emphasis on treating it […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carriers? – Let Them Have Them*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.  It appeared first on CSIS’s The Pacific Forum on 4 May as “PacNet Number 32.”  The original website can be found at this URL: http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/pac0932.pdf. Tetsuo Kotani (tetsuo.kotani@gmail.com) is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. […]

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The final consequences of failure.

A report in The Australian published on 8 December describes ‘a purge’ of the Royal Navy’s senior leadership over the embarrassment caused by the ‘fiasco’ when 15 sailors and marines were captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on 23 March 2008. Defence writer Michael Smith described the event and its […]

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Submarine under-ice oerations

In late 1988 at the height of Canada’s controversial plan to acquire nuclear submarines, Captain Richard Sharpe, RN, the Editor of Janes’ Fighting Ships, gave a talk about submarine operations to a Financial Post conference. His views on operating any form of submarine under the ice are worth bearing in […]

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A Response to Ken Hansen

I would not want to discourage the Canadian Forces, and indeed the Canadian population in general, from studying and understanding the maritime environment in the round. However, as an academic who remembers the days of a Commodore in the post of Commandant at The Royal Military College of Canada, upon […]

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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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The RN and USN adjust their tactics and equipment: can Canada do the same?

A recent report in the U.K. press describes the return of RN warships to the northern Arabian Gulf following the capture of 15 British sailors and marines in a ‘swarming’ attack by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Naval forces on 23 March. This time, boats from HMS Richmond F-239 (a 436-foot […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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