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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Defence Industry, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Mine Countermeasures, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Shaping The Future, Surveillance, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
26 minutes, 15 seconds

Next generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicles – A gamechanger in mine countermeasure operations

By Cdr Bjarte Haugsvaer RNoN,
14 Mar 24

Ed. The author describes the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developments in the Royal Norwegian Navy and NATO that will revolutionize mine countermeasure operations in the coming years. A 25 minute read.

 

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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, BRNC, Command & Control, Communications, Cyberwarfare, Diversity & Inclusion, Engineering, General, Health Care, Medicine, Naval Intelligence, People, Science Fiction, Shaping The Future, Surveillance, Technology, Training, Veterans
10 minutes, 2 seconds

Beyond Boundaries: Exploring human enhancement and its integration with the Royal Navy

By OC Victoria Smith,
14 Feb 24

Ed. In this third article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author explores the appeal and consequences of human augmentation and robotics for the Royal Navy, raising important questions about the nature and future of war itself. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Russia, Shaping The Future, Technology
4 minutes, 56 seconds

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) – Getting a Grip

By Capt David Fields RN (rtd),
16 Oct 23

Ed. The author provides an update on Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) and the likely outcomes resulting from increased government pressure to improve the company’s throughput and financing. A 5 minute read.

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19th Century, Addressing Current Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Diplomacy, Engineering, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, Russia, Technology, Ukraine
7 minutes, 37 seconds

The New Hiatus in Warfare

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
21 Jul 23

Ed. General Sir Robert Fry reflects on the historical evolution of trench warfare during the First World War to demonstrate that, although post-modern technology may have improved in an absolute sense, the fundamental nature of a military stalemate necessitates awaiting the emergence of the next paradigm. Originally published by The Article, 13 July 2023 (https://www.thearticle.com/the-new-hiatus-in-warfare). A 10 minute read.

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Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Mine Countermeasures, Modularity, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Shaping The Future, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
11 minutes, 3 seconds

Modular Innovation: How NavyPods Could Revolutionize Mine Countermeasures in the Royal Navy

By LT CDR S. J. REEVES RN,
28 Mar 23

Ed. Naval practitioners have previously commented on the mission-focused desirability of warship modularity [NR 111/1, p. 34]. In this article, the author argues in favour of adopting the modular NavyPods technology concept aboard the Royal Navy’s Hunt-class Mine Countermeasure Vessels. A 10 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, History of Science, Industrial Revolution, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval History, People, Technology
26 minutes, 51 seconds

Sir Samuel Bentham 1757-1831: Civil Architect and the First Engineer of the Royal Navy

By CPT JOHN WILLS RN (RTD) AND KEN FLEMING,
08 Mar 23

Ed. Not too unlike the Hellenstic inventor Archimedes and his patron Hiero II of Syracuse, or 20th century technologists such as Bob Noyce and William Shockley, brothers Samuel and Jeremy Bentham were a pair of functionalist Georgian characters. While Jeremy is well known for his contributions to the Reform Movement and utilitarian philosophy, the younger brother Samuel, a prototypical early steam-era inventor and Royal Navy engineer, in the mold of predecessors such as Thomas Slade and Charles Middleton, or successors like Sir Robert Seppings and Sir Nathaniel Barnaby, is less well known. The authors herein examine Samuel Bentham’s life and work. A 30 minute read.

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