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Admiralty, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Communications, Europe, From the Archive, General, Joint Operations, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Merchant Navy, Naval Gunfire Support, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, Sea Power, Second World War, The Naval Review
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‘The Greatest Amphibious Operation in History’ (and a great naval bombardment)

By Cdr Michael Chichester RN,
24 May 24

Ed. From our archives for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the Naval Review presents the first of a series of articles on Operation OVERLORD. This article, a retrospective on the preparations and naval bombardment from the perspective of Force E flagship HMS Belfast, was originally published in 1994 [82/2, p. 102], for the 50th Anniversary. A 15 minute read.

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40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, The Naval Review
7 minutes, 6 seconds

A Reply to the ‘The Trouble with the Future Commando Force’

By Gert,
16 May 24

Ed. The author follows up on Bertram’s recent article examining the underpinning of the Future Commando Force, emphasising the concept’s shortfalls. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Carrier Strike Group, China, Combined Arms, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
11 minutes, 50 seconds

A recent history of the Royal Navy and the (cautiously optimistic) shape of things to come

By William Freer,
09 May 24

Ed. With 1SL’s 2024 Seapower Conference in mind, the author reflects on the chequered legacy of RN technical developments and procurement over the past 20 years, and considers priorities for the next decades. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Power, Armed Forces, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Convoy Operations, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Education, Engineering, Europe, First World War, General, Historiography, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, People, Professional Military Education, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Training, United States Navy
50 minutes, 58 seconds

The Founders of The Naval Review

By Master Ned,
08 May 24

Ed. RAdm James Goldrick RAN provided the first chapter to the NR’s centenary publication, Dreadnought to Daring (2012), in which he conducted a prosopographical study of the Naval Review’s founders. A 50 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockade, China, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Convoy Operations, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Geostrategy, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Law, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
9 minutes, 17 seconds

Taiwan: Thoughts on a Stated Chinese Intent

By Roger Plumtree,
30 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent considers some of the formidable challenges the PLAN would need to overcome to make an amphibious invasion of Taiwan a realistic proposition, and the long-term hybrid warfare alternatives to which the PRC may turn. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Falklands War, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, Tactics, Technology, Ukraine, United States Marine Corps
19 minutes, 39 seconds

The trouble with the Future Commando Force

By Bertram,
12 Apr 24

Ed. The author criticises the Future Commando Force (FCF) concept as a narrow misreading of the Royal Marines’ traditional combined arms and amphibious roles. A 20 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Power, Combined Arms, General, Historiography, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Risk Management, Second World War, Service Culture, Tactics, The Naval Review
8 minutes, 53 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Fate of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Apr 24

Ed. Bruce Pascoe responds to Arthur Nicholson, with specific regard to the enigma of Phillips’ decision-making and failure to radio for air support during the Malay oki kaisen.

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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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Air Power, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Equipment Capability, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Military History, Naval Gunfire Support, Naval History, Operational Planning, Royal Canadian Navy, Sea Power, Second World War, Tactics, United States Navy
6 minutes, 38 seconds

Why did the Anglo-Canadian landings on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 proceed in a more straightforward manner than the US operation against Omaha beach?

By OC Kellan Reed,
20 Mar 24

Ed. The author considers explanations for the disparity in casualty figures between the Allied landing zones during Operation NEPTUNE. A combination of command over-confidence, improper use of specialized equipment, and ineffective fire support are all evident. A 5 minute read.

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