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Force Structure, Joint Operations, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy
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Strengthening A Special Relationship – Delivering Combined Seapower

By CDR HUGH W. S. BOTTERILL MBE RN,
11 May 23

Ed. The author surveys the Delivering Combined Seapower (DCS) concept, with the goal of moving from interoperable USN-RN operations to a more thoroughly integrated interchangeable dynamic. Credit to the United States Center for Maritime Strategy, originally published on the Maritime Ops Center website (https://centerformaritimestrategy.org/publications/strengthening-the-special-relationship-delivering-combined-sea-power/). A 5 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Historiography, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
12 minutes, 44 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 and Historical Maritime Operational Research (I)

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
06 May 23

Ed. In 1995 staff historian David Waters began publishing in the NR [83/4, p. 349] a series of commentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic, a subject he had mastered while working on The Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957). He was inspired in this case by the renewed naval history discourse, evident in a review of S. Howarth and D. Law, eds., The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945 (1994), the International Naval Conference on the battle held in Liverpool in 1993, and related writings in the NR [83/1, p. 84 & 83/2, p. 159]. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 15 minute read.

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First World War, Age of Sail, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, History of Science, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
37 minutes, 30 seconds

Seamen, Scientists, Historians and Strategy

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
22 Apr 23

Ed. Former Naval Staff historian D. W. Waters originally presented this essay as the Presidential Address to the British Society for the History of Science in 1978. It was reprinted in the NR over two volumes in 1984 [72/3 & 72/4]. Waters’ conclusions, based on the rigorous data analysis conducted for the Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957), demonstrated mathematically the superiority of escorted convoys over independent sailings during the U-boat conflicts of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Reproduced here as part of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 40 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Naval Aviation, Naval History, People, Russia, United States Navy
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Latest Book Reviews, 21 April

21 Apr 23

The latest book reviews are now. One is an examination of the submarine from diverse perspectives; one is an account […]

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Battle of the Atlantic, Book Reviews, Convoy Operations, Naval Aviation, Naval History, People
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Latest Book Reviews, 14 April

14 Apr 23

The latest book reviews are now available. One is a detailed examination of the Second World War Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu, […]

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Second World War, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, United States Navy
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The Merchant Navy Is Our Jugular Vein

By ADMIRAL SIR FREDERIC C. DREYER, GBE, KCB,
12 Apr 23

Ed. In a June 1946 article for the Commonwealth and Empire Review, Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer detailed the vital importance of anti-submarine warfare for the protection of Britain’s merchant shipping. An expanded version of the article was published in the NR [34/3, p. 243], with Admiral Dreyer taking to task the ‘bomber mafia’ who had favoured the strategic destruction of Germany over the imperative to protect Britain’s convoy lifelines. Admiral Dreyer’s article is republished here as part of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 20 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Naval Aviation, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 28 March

28 Mar 23

The latest book review has been published. It reviews two books by David Hobbs on the Fleet Air Arm in […]

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Book Reviews, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Second World War
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New Book Review Essay, 24 March

24 Mar 23

The latest book review has been published. It is a review essay covering three titles concerned with naval aviation in […]

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Learning From The Past, First World War, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, People, Second World War, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
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The Remarkable Story of Commander Charles Lightoller DSC & Bar RNR

By DAN CONLEY,
28 Feb 23

Ed. By the Editor – Charles Lightoller’s story demonstrates the difference an individual can make during a crisis, given courage, versatility, commitment to duty – and a peculiar degree of luck. A 15 minute read.

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