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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
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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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Letters, Doctrine, Education, General, Law, Morale, People
3 minutes, 46 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Natural Order of Things

By Bruce Williams,
17 Jan 24

Ed. A former Editor of the NR reflects on the lessons he might have given his younger self; advice for starting out on a naval career.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Leadership, Letters, National Security, Naval News, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Uncategorized
1 minute, 59 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Frigates

By Jeremy Blackham,
16 Jan 24

Ed. Monday 15 Jan 24 – In a media round before a Lancaster House speech on today’s threats and a rose tinted view of the state of our Armed Forces’, https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/defending-britain-from-a-more-dangerous-world the new Secretary of State for Defence managed to get a Nation of Naval Officers shouting at the Radio. If only our own government could address the flashing red lights on the dashboard of their Armed Forces in the same vein as our adversaries are! He rightly suggest the peace dividend no longer exists and that “An age of idealism has been replaced by a period of hard-headed realism.” If that is the case he will also realise that by any indicator he chooses to pick to measure ‘hard-headed realism’ the Defence of the UK is no longer fit for purpose. An illustrious former Editor has also kindly put pen to paper!  For those who missed Mr Shapps’ interview and would like another opportunity to choke on their wheaties it is available on BBC Sounds at 2:15:20 – 2:19:50 (Mon 15 Jan)  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001vc9p

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Armed Forces, Australia, Deterrence, Force Structure, Letters, Logistics, National Defence, National Security, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Submarines, The Naval Review
2 minutes, 35 seconds

CASD and possibly AUKUS are becoming unsustainable

By Rob Forsyth,
02 Jan 24

Ed. Persistent personnel and procurement challenges leads the author to question the viability of Continuous At Sea Deterrence and raise concern over the future of the SSN-AUKUS program.

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Naval Platforms, China, Civil-Military Relations, Environment, Equipment Capability, Hydrographic Survey, Indo-Pacific, Law, Letters, Oceanography, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Surveillance
1 minute, 14 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Military Data Gathering and the RFA

By Michael Barritt,
31 Oct 23

Ed. The author notes the danger of assuming unimpeded access for the RFA’s Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships (MROSS) to contested waters in the Indo-Pacific and elsewhere.

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Armed Forces, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Letters, Morale, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Service Culture, Submarines
3 minutes, 2 seconds

Letter to the Editor: If No One Speaks No One Hears

By Rob Forsyth,
29 Sep 23

Ed. The author takes to task the combination of factors, personnel and hull numbers in particular, that have strained the Submarine Service to meet the demands of ever increasing global commitments.

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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
1 minute, 18 seconds

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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General, Leadership, Letters, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, The Naval Review
1 minute, 49 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Royal Marine route to First Sea Lord (2)

By David Collins,
05 Sep 23

Ed. The author agrees with Cdr de Silva that much has changed in the “promotion sweepstakes” but that service culture bottlenecks and educational barriers still linger.

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Armed Forces, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review
1 minute, 18 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Appeasement

By Roger Plumtree,
31 Aug 23

Ed. No stranger to historical debate, the author defends the appeasement policy of the late 1930s in view of the dire need to buy time for rapid rearmament.

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