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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Combined Arms, Communications, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Letters, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Sea Power, Second World War, Tactics, Technology, The Naval Review
8 minutes, 30 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Reply to ‘Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z’

By Arthur Nicholson,
01 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent, an expert on the fate of Force Z, responds to Bruce Pascoe’s analysis of Admiral Tom Phillips’ decision-making during the Malay oki kaisen.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Cold War, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Joint Forces, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Procurement, Russia, Technology
17 minutes, 43 seconds

Ships of the Future Navy: A 1949 Paper by ACNS

By Capt Jeremy Stocker RNR,
27 Feb 24

Ed. Capt Stocker’s forthcoming Navy Records Society volume The Postwar Fleet is highly anticipated. Provided here is a sample document, written in 1949 by the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ralph Edwards, later Controller of the Navy and then Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean. It was circulated to the First Sea Lord and other members of the Admiralty Board. The original is held at the National Archives, Kew [ADM 205/83]. A 20 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Hybrid Warfare, Industry, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Surveillance, Technology, Ukraine
9 minutes, 21 seconds

Is the hiatus in warfare about to end?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
23 Feb 24

Ed. The author surveys recent drone warfare developments in Ukraine, pointing to the tactically revolutionary, but strategically not yet decisive, technological horizon. Russia and Ukraine will continue to seek marginal advantages in the attrition battle as both sides re-arm and await the spring. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Black Sea, Blockade, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Europe, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, NATO, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Procurement, Russia, Sanctions, Strategy, Technology, Ukraine
23 minutes, 1 second

The Ukraine War: Another Year In

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
18 Jan 24

Ed. The author revisits the status of the Ukraine War, a year after his initial analysis [111/2, p. 18]. The failure of either side to deliver a knockout blow, and the systemic nature of new military technology, has reduced the conflict to grinding attrition with few prospects for definitive victory. A 25 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture
53 minutes, 4 seconds

Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Jan 24

Ed. In an impressive and no-holds-barred investigation into the command decisions that led to the destruction of Force Z, reflecting on a tragically recurring and lethal combination of command over-confidence and staff obsequiousness, the author catalogues a cascade of failures that at innumerable stages were all too predictable. A 50 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Conflict Resolution, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval Engineering, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Royal Air Force, Service Culture, Strategic Bombing, The Naval Review
27 minutes, 48 seconds

The Destruction and Salvage of Zeppelin L70

By Dr Douglas H Robinson,
22 Dec 23

Ed. Originally published in 1963 [51/4, p. 430] as a reprint from Cross & Cockade magazine, the author provided a fascinating retelling of the final flight of Peter Strasser, the iconoclastic chief of Imperial Germany’s Naval Airships, who refused to recognize that by August 1918 British air defences had doomed the Zeppelins to military obsolescence. A 30 minute read.

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Admiralty, Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, Black Sea, Dockyards & Ports, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Technology, The Naval Review, Turkey
7 minutes, 41 seconds

The Russian Admirals and Vladimir Putin

By Matthew Wills,
12 Dec 23

Ed. The author considers the maritime implications for Russia’s naval forces in the Baltic and Black Sea, theatres where geopolitical developments or naval losses have significantly weakened the Russian Navy’s sea control capabilities. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Budgets and Finance, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
28 minutes, 23 seconds

Introduction of Aircraft Carriers into the Royal Navy: Lessons for the Development of Naval Doctrine

By Cdr James J Tritten USN (rtd),
30 Nov 23

Ed. The Battle of Taranto of 11-12 November 1940 was an epoch defining event in the history of naval aviation and a decisive moment for the Fleet Air Arm. With the 83rd anniversary of the battle in mind, we reproduce here an American perspective on the Royal Navy’s pioneering development of aircraft carriers and the lessons for naval doctrine this history demonstrates. Originally published in July 1994 [82/3, p. 260]. A 30 minute read.

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Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Defence, Air Power, Battle of Britain, Combined Arms, Europe, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Royal Air Force, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review
13 minutes, 37 seconds

The Whale and the Albatross

By Andrew Gordon,
15 Sep 23

Ed. Sixteen years ago, in response to a History Today article for the 66th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Rules of the Game author Andrew Gordon examined the question of the strategic significance of the air battle (in which FAA pilots took part), and emphasized the RN’s role in stopping the German invasion before it could begin. Republished here from NR 95/1 for the 83rd anniversary of the Battle. A 15 minute read.

 

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