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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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Arctic, BRNC, Doctrine, Environment, Equipment Capability, General, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, NATO, Naval Platforms, Oceanography, Piracy, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Submarines, Trade Interdiction and Protection
10 minutes, 4 seconds

Russia’s Arctic superiority: Is it too late for the Royal Navy?

By OC Finley McDonald,
21 Feb 24

Ed. The fourth article in our series from BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, here the author considers the potential implications for world trade as the Arctic sea routes become increasingly viable. The Royal Navy has a role to play, but faces strategic diversions that marginalize the development of a long-term Arctic strategy. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Logistics, National Defence, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
11 minutes, 46 seconds

Reducing Dreadnought and Follow On SSN Risks, Costs and Time to Achieve an Operational Capability

By RAdm Peter Briggs RAN,
09 Feb 24

Ed. The author argues that the expense of Astute and delays in Dreadnought development threaten success of the AUKUS plan for a next generation SSN. Both the RAN and RN should consider buying future USN Virginia-class submarines to quickly fulfill the SSN-AUKUS mandate. A 10 minute read.

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Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, BRNC, Combined Arms, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Environment, Equipment Capability, Europe, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Turkey
12 minutes, 30 seconds

Russia’s old enemy

By OC Daniel Berg,
07 Feb 24

Ed. The second article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets. The author here examines the assets Finland and Sweden bring to NATO in the Arctic and Baltic, together representing a significant increase in the Alliance’s regional capability. A 15 minute read.

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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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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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Book Reviews, First World War, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 22 December

22 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the takeovers of four dreadnoughts originally built for foreign navies, by the Royal Navy, their use in the First World War, and subsequent fates.

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