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40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Air Power, Armed Forces, Fleet Air Arm, General, Letters, Naval History, People, Service Culture, Tactics
1 minute, 11 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Sharkey Ward

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
21 May 24

Ed. Our correspondent celebrates Nigel David ‘Sharkey’ MacCartan-Ward, who knew the implications of combat in the modern environment.

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Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Command & Control, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Leadership, Letters, National Defence, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Submarines, Training, United States Navy
7 minutes, 22 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Repulse DASO Polaris missile firing – Friday 13th February 1973

By John McGregor,
15 May 24

Ed. In light of the recent HMS Vanguard ballistic missile test-firing, our correspondent reflects on a previous disappointing submarine-launched ballistic missile test.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Risk Management, Sea Power
1 minute, 6 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Maritime Defence

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
17 Apr 24

Ed. As the perils of global conflict increase, alarm bells ring in defence analysts’ corridors. Concern over immediate deficiencies renew calls for Jeune Ecole and continentalist approaches, when, as Nelson knew, there simply may be no alternative to ‘want of frigates’.

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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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Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Deterrence, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Security, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Sea Power, Service Culture, Submarines
1 minute, 23 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Time to review the C in CASD?

By Rob Forsyth,
28 Mar 24

Ed. The author questions the necessity of Continuous At Sea Deterrence (CASD), considering the strain this has placed on boats and crew members.

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Autonomous Vehicles, China, Civil-Military Relations, Conflict Resolution, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, General, Israel, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Military History, National Security, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Nuclear Weapons, People, Risk Management, Sea Power, Second World War, Strategy
2 minutes, 41 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Parallel Bars?

By Tearless,
12 Mar 24

Ed. Gazing at his crystal ball (history is prophecy in reverse!), the author ponders contemporary failures to learn the lessons of history.

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Admiralty, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Defence Engagement, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Industry, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Mine Countermeasures, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Procurement, Strategy
13 minutes, 51 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Offering Solutions

By WatchOnStopOn,
29 Feb 24

Ed. Increasing challenges to the Rules-Based International System require a back-to-basics approach and renewed public support for the Services. Focusing on quantity and capability, the author argues that restocking critical munitions, and building new Minor War Vessels, is an essential foundation for the future credibility of the Royal Navy.

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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Europe, Force Structure, Geostrategy, Industry, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Morale, National Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, Strategy, Technology
8 minutes, 1 second

Letter to the Editor: Skin in the game

By Roger Plumtree,
22 Feb 24

Ed. The author gives his state of play on the current socioeconomic conditions impacting British seapower, and proposes a possible RN force structure financially tailored for a ‘regional’ rather than a ‘global’ Britain.

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