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Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, BRNC, Combined Arms, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Environment, Equipment Capability, Europe, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Turkey
12 minutes, 30 seconds

Russia’s old enemy

By OC Daniel Berg,
07 Feb 24

Ed. The second article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets. The author here examines the assets Finland and Sweden bring to NATO in the Arctic and Baltic, together representing a significant increase in the Alliance’s regional capability. A 15 minute read.

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Age of Sail, 19th Century, Admiralty, Amphibious Operations, Baltic, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Crimean War, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, First World War, Force Structure, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Operational Art, Strategy, Technology
36 minutes, 20 seconds

The Royal Navy’s Baltic Assignments in the Crimean War (1854-55) and in the Russian Civil War (1918-1920) – Operational and Technological Insights

By Anniki Mikelsaar,
02 Feb 24

Ed. The author examines the importance of cultivating clear strategy and deploying balanced fleets in the Baltic operations of the Crimean War and Russian Civil War. In both cases the Royal Navy was engaged blockading enemy ports and striking at their harbours, frequently without direct orders from London, and with profound consequences for the national consciousness of the region. The parallels for today’s littoral operations in the Baltic and Black Sea are obvious. A 40 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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Book Reviews, Baltic, Military History, Naval History, Russia, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 21 November

21 Nov 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a short book exploring the Soviet development and deployment of river gunboats during the Second World War.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Power, Armed Forces, Baltic, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Industrial Revolution, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Morale, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, The Naval Review
20 minutes, 54 seconds

The Nelson Touch: An Effects Based Approach?

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
21 Oct 23

Ed. For the bicentenary of Trafalgar Day in 2005, distinguished scholars and Naval Review members produced a series of articles on Nelson’s legacy for the 21st century [93/4, p. 320]. Professor Geoffrey Till provided the following comparison between the then emerging Effects Based Approach (EBA) and the illusive Nelson Touch. Reprinted here for the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Baltic, Book Reviews, Cold War, General, Geopolitics, Joint Expeditionary Force, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 12 September

12 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a volume exploring the naval relationship between the United Kingdom and Sweden over the past 500 years, and features contributions from a range of distinguished authors.

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Baltic, Addressing Current Reality, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Operations, Leadership, National Security, NATO, Operational Planning, Royal Marines
8 minutes, 37 seconds

The Joint Expeditionary Force, its current and future relevance for mutual defence in northern Europe and the North Atlantic

By Maj Gen Jim Morris RM,
18 Jul 23

Ed. Major General Jim Morris RM is Standing Joint Force Commander (SJFC). Among his responsibilities is command of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Headquarters, for which the UK is the NATO-nominated framework nation. In this article he considers some of the security challenges faced in the Arctic High North and the Baltic regions and the importance of the JEF as a regional security framework for delivering security. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Baltic, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Russia, Strategy
24 minutes, 53 seconds

Operational challenges for Russia and NATO Maritime Forces in the Baltic Sea

07 Jul 23

Ed. In a fascinating investigation of the real maritime capacities of Russia and NATO in the Baltic, the author concludes that the ascension of Finland and Sweden into NATO gives the Allies a crushing preponderance in those waters. Winner of the Eric Grove prize for BRNC Dartmouth. A 25 minute read

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Geopolitics, Baltic, First World War, Learning From The Past, Naval History, The Naval Review
18 minutes, 31 seconds

Britain’s non-commitment to the independence of the Baltic States

17 Feb 23

Ed. Employing the DIME model of Diplomatic, Information, Military and Economic analysis, the author proposes that a clear-sighted view of Britain’s post-First World War priorities in the Baltic may help to chart the hazards today. 20 mins.

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