Royal Navy

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Lord Nelson and amateur tacticians*

* Moderator’s Note: This post appeared originally in the Letters to the Editor section of The Washington Times on 30 March 2007. It is no longer available on-line. A large […]

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What is doctrine and why is it so important?

Most official definitions talk about doctrine as though it is the bedrock of all things naval. This one comes from the USN’s Naval Doctrine Publication 1 (NDP1) Naval Warfare: “Naval […]

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Canada-UK frigate development talks make sense

The initial rumour out of Britain that Canada and UK were discussing new frigate plans [see also here] was quickly denied by the Canadian government, but subsequent public statements by […]

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Great Britain gambles with the Royal Navy

Some of the issues in Professor Geoffrey Till’s recent paper found here (Naval War College Review, Winter 2010, pp. 33-60) may not apply to Canada, the strategic nuclear deterrent being […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The alarmist view of transformation

[12 April 2007] Paul Kennedy’s article, “To Rule the Waves: the Rise and Fall of Navies,” is ‘crying wolf’ by only addressing the question of declining numbers of destroyers and […]

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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 […]

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Swarming Tactics

Today’s Navy Times (28 March) has an article that reports ‘swarming tactics’ were used by Iranian forces when they captured fifteen Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on Friday. Their […]

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