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Admiralty, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Budgets and Finance, Cold War, Convoy Operations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Risk Management, Sea Power, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
6 minutes, 36 seconds

What were the consequences of the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines on the Royal Navy and its operations after 1963?

By OC Daniel Gorman,
27 Apr 24

Ed. Nuclear submarines, along with the aircraft carrier, have become the ultimate symbols of sea power, but their adoption and use remain not only technically complex and expensive, but also diplomatically and politically controversial. The author surveys this background in the case of the Royal Navy. Winner of the Eric Grove prize. A 5 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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Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Cold War, Combined Arms, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, General, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Service Culture
47 minutes, 41 seconds

‘Too Shallow for a Ship’, Reviews and comment on Lt Col Cripsin Black’s book ‘Too Thin for a Shroud’

By Maj Gen Julian Thompson, RAdm Jeremy Larken, Lt Col Ewen Southby-Tailyour, Maj Shane Cusack, Col Mark Waring, Col Ivar Hellberg, Brig David Chaundler,
10 Jan 24

Ed. ‘NIHL RHYFEL’

In Spring 2023, Lt Col Cripsin Black’s book Too Thin for a Shroud was published. In it he defends robustly 5 Bde’s C2 and the Welsh Guards’ who were still on board the LSLs RFA Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram on 8 June 1982 when they were attacked by the Argentinian Air Force during the Falklands conflict. Over 40 years after the event the opportunity for many, both Green and Navy Blue involved in these events no longer exists, however, the authors of the following  article layout the reasons why they seriously disagree with the book’s suggestions. The Naval Review is an ideal place to hold this rebuttal on record for the benefit of those that wish to study Operation CORPORATE, Amphibious Operations and the fog of war (nihl rhyfel). The following is a review essay dissecting Black’s claims. A 50 minute read.

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19th Century, Battle of the Atlantic, Cold War, Crimean War, Falklands War, First World War, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Seapower, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 8 December

08 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It revisits Eric Grove’s 2005 The Royal Navy Since 1815Whilst the book has been previously reviewed, new perspectives on important books are always welcome.

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Addressing Current Reality, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, Falklands War, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Technology
13 minutes, 47 seconds

British Defence reviews – a handy guide for the staff officer

By Lt Cdr Andrew Ward RN,
04 Dec 23

Ed. The author, a Hudson Fellow at Oxford, answers the Chairman’s call from NR 111/4 to engage with the defence review process, contextualizing here over 70 years of history and lighting the way for the debate on Integrated Review 2025 looming ahead. A 15 minute read.

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Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, General, Leadership, Learning From The Past, NATO, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Service Culture, Strategy, The Naval Review
3 minutes, 16 seconds

Endure No Makeshifts

By Richard Hill,
21 Nov 23

Ed. NR Editor Richard Hill penned this review of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach’s memoir, Endure No Makeshifts, in 1994 [82/1, p. 79]. Reprinted here for the 100th anniversary of Sir Henry Leach’s birthday.

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Book Reviews, Carrier Strike Group, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Joint Operations, Modularity, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Persian Gulf, Surveillance, Technology
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Latest Book Review, 14 November

14 Nov 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the history of the development and operational service of the Royal Navy’s helicopter-based airborne early warning capability, and a look towards the future with Crowsnest and beyond.

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Air Power, Armed Forces, Carrier Strike Group, Doctrine, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Joint Operations, Letters, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Service Culture
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Letter to the Editor: Aircraft Carriers

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
26 Sep 23

Ed. The author revisits the old chestnut of FAA control: should naval aviation, vital to the RN’s strike group doctrine, reside under RAF or RN control?

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Communications, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Second World War, The Naval Review, United States Navy
24 minutes, 46 seconds

Learning to Learn: The Royal Navy in the Pacific, 1945

By Lt G D Franklin RN,
15 Aug 23

Ed. In July 1997 (NR 85/3, p. 202) Lt G D Franklin reviewed the experience of the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in the war against Japan, observing that, although the valuable combat lessons paid dividends in Korea, by the time of the Falklands conflict they had seemingly been forgotten. Republished here for the 78th anniversary of VJ Day. A 25 minute read.

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