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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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19th Century, Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Technology
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Latest Book Review, 22 September

22 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the development of torpedo-armed small warships in the Royal Navy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Letters, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Dockyards & Ports, General, National Defence, Naval Platforms
1 minute, 47 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Emperor’s Clothes

By Tearless,
17 Aug 23

Ed. The author expresses their concern with the condition of the ships in Portsmouth Harbour, and what image the RN conveys to the public, both domestic and foreign.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Communications, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Second World War, The Naval Review, United States Navy
24 minutes, 46 seconds

Learning to Learn: The Royal Navy in the Pacific, 1945

By Lt G D Franklin RN,
15 Aug 23

Ed. In July 1997 (NR 85/3, p. 202) Lt G D Franklin reviewed the experience of the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in the war against Japan, observing that, although the valuable combat lessons paid dividends in Korea, by the time of the Falklands conflict they had seemingly been forgotten. Republished here for the 78th anniversary of VJ Day. A 25 minute read.

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Air Power, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Briefing Room, Carrier Strike Group, Combined Arms, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Joint Operations, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Submarines, Technology, The Naval Review
2 minutes, 23 seconds

Briefing Room: UK Carrier Strike Group

By Capt Andrew M J Ainsley,
10 Aug 23

Ed. The Naval Review‘s Briefing Room is being expanded to include expert summaries on UK Defence institutions and formations. Currently on file are summaries of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and, reproduced here, the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group (UKCSG).

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Addressing Current Reality, Baltic, Force Structure, General, Maritime Strategy, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Russia, Strategy
24 minutes, 53 seconds

Operational challenges for Russia and NATO Maritime Forces in the Baltic Sea

07 Jul 23

Ed. In a fascinating investigation of the real maritime capacities of Russia and NATO in the Baltic, the author concludes that the ascension of Finland and Sweden into NATO gives the Allies a crushing preponderance in those waters. Winner of the Eric Grove prize for BRNC Dartmouth. A 25 minute read

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Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
8 minutes, 30 seconds

What Price AUKUS?

30 Jun 23

Ed. The author argues that there is a world of difference between the promise of the AUKUS agreement and its actual implementation; considering the real strategic challenges and political imperatives facing the partner nations. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, China, Communications, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Naval Platforms, Russia, Strategy, Submarines, Technology
9 minutes, 47 seconds

The Kraken Wakes: Underwater Operations in the Indo-Pacific

23 Jun 23

Ed. The author suggests an expanded international role for the RN’s subsurface surveillance capability, particularly with regard to building capacity to deter PLAN hybrid operations against Taiwan’s communications network. A 10 minute read.

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China, Conference Report, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Indo-Pacific, Naval Engineering, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
5 minutes, 5 seconds

USN Submarine League Symposium, November 2022 – Key Issues

21 Jun 23

Ed. The author provides an important update on USN and RN nuclear submarine developments, highlighting the major challenges for the Services and the industrial base over the next decade. A 5 minute read.

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