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Addressing Current Reality, China, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Iran, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Persian Gulf, RNSSC
5 minutes, 25 seconds

China’s Middle East Diplomacy: Navigating Peace and War in Yemen

By Gwenna Herd,
30 Jan 24

Ed. Courtesy of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre: The conflict in Yemen has renewed the need for maritime security in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, and has demonstrated both the reach of China as an emerging Middle Eastern player, but also the limits of the PRC’s diplomacy. An increasingly destabilizing Iran raises questions about where other regional and international actors will ultimately align. A 5 minute read.

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Book Reviews, China, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Russia, Sea Power, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 30 January 2024

30 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Geoffrey Till considers Brent Sadler’s examination of and argument for a recapitalised and reformed US Navy, able to respond to the challenges of great power competition.

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Book Reviews, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Sea Power, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 23 January 2024

23 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers an edited volume in the Kiel Seapower Series, exploring how naval and maritime strategy is conceptualised and developed.

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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, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Amphibious Operations, Blockade, Combined Arms, Diplomacy, Europe, From the Archive, Joint Operations, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Sea Power, The Naval Review
28 minutes, 30 seconds

The Royal Navy and the Peninsular War

By Col Nick Lipscombe,
29 Dec 23

Ed. The Royal Navy not only logistically enabled Wellington’s campaigns during the Peninsular War, but also acted as a force-multiplier during the critical operations at Cadiz, Lisbon and elsewhere. Originally published in 2010 [98/4, p. 385]. A 30 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Conflict Resolution, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval Engineering, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Royal Air Force, Service Culture, Strategic Bombing, The Naval Review
27 minutes, 48 seconds

The Destruction and Salvage of Zeppelin L70

By Dr Douglas H Robinson,
22 Dec 23

Ed. Originally published in 1963 [51/4, p. 430] as a reprint from Cross & Cockade magazine, the author provided a fascinating retelling of the final flight of Peter Strasser, the iconoclastic chief of Imperial Germany’s Naval Airships, who refused to recognize that by August 1918 British air defences had doomed the Zeppelins to military obsolescence. A 30 minute read.

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Shaping The Future, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Arms Control, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockade, Deterrence, Doctrine, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Joint Forces, Law, Maritime Strategy, National Security, NATO, Oceanography, Russia, Sea Power, Submarines, Surveillance
21 minutes, 2 seconds

Undersea cables and deterring sub-threshold state attacks against the UK Homeland – is ‘narrow deterrence’ achievable?

By Brig Richard Cantrill,
20 Dec 23

Ed. The author questions the ability of the Allies to successfully deter future Russian sub-threshold or hybrid operations, with narrow deterrence having failed both in Syria and Salisbury. The deniability of attacks on vulnerable undersea cables and infrastructure has been clearly demonstrated over the past two years. A 20 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Defence Engagement, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, Operational Planning, Sea Power, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 15 December

15 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new report by Dr Jerry Hendrix, who will be well-known to NR members, on the issue of naval presence.

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Admiralty, Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, Black Sea, Dockyards & Ports, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Technology, The Naval Review, Turkey
7 minutes, 41 seconds

The Russian Admirals and Vladimir Putin

By Matthew Wills,
12 Dec 23

Ed. The author considers the maritime implications for Russia’s naval forces in the Baltic and Black Sea, theatres where geopolitical developments or naval losses have significantly weakened the Russian Navy’s sea control capabilities. A 10 minute read.

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