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Admiralty, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Communications, Convoy Operations, Europe, Joint Forces, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Morale, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Operational Planning, Russia, Second World War, Submarines, United States Navy
26 minutes, 54 seconds

Scattered to the Arctic Winds: The Tragedy of Convoy PQ17

By SLt James Shelley RN,
20 Feb 24

Ed. The author explores the PQ17 disaster, questioning First Sea Lord Dudley Pound’s decision to scatter the convoy in the face of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine threats. The principles of mission command should have left the decision to the convoy commanders. A 25 minute read.

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Admiralty, Carrier Strike Group, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Geopolitics, Iran, Israel, Logistics, Naval Aviation, Red Sea
2 minutes, 14 seconds

Shouting at the Radio…the use of UK Carrier Power in the Red Sea.

31 Jan 24

Ed. Carrier Power offering Defence options…

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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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Air Defence, Air Power, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture
53 minutes, 4 seconds

Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Jan 24

Ed. In an impressive and no-holds-barred investigation into the command decisions that led to the destruction of Force Z, reflecting on a tragically recurring and lethal combination of command over-confidence and staff obsequiousness, the author catalogues a cascade of failures that at innumerable stages were all too predictable. A 50 minute read.

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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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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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Armed Forces, Air Power, Australia, China, Combined Arms, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, From the Archive, General, Joint Operations, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Operational Art, Risk Management, Technology, The Naval Review, United States Navy
17 minutes, 39 seconds

Back to the Future?

By Dr Dave Sloggett,
07 Dec 23

Ed. In 2012 [100/2, p. 154] the author considered the history of the Japanese attack on Darwin of 19 February 1942 as a comparison for possible Chinese air operations in the 21st century. As was the case with Pearl Harbor, a surprise attack by long-range air assets raised questions about the security of bases in the region. A 20 minute read.

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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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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Budgets and Finance, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
28 minutes, 23 seconds

Introduction of Aircraft Carriers into the Royal Navy: Lessons for the Development of Naval Doctrine

By Cdr James J Tritten USN (rtd),
30 Nov 23

Ed. The Battle of Taranto of 11-12 November 1940 was an epoch defining event in the history of naval aviation and a decisive moment for the Fleet Air Arm. With the 83rd anniversary of the battle in mind, we reproduce here an American perspective on the Royal Navy’s pioneering development of aircraft carriers and the lessons for naval doctrine this history demonstrates. Originally published in July 1994 [82/3, p. 260]. A 30 minute read.

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