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40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, The Naval Review
7 minutes, 6 seconds

A Reply to the ‘The Trouble with the Future Commando Force’

By Gert,
16 May 24

Ed. The author follows up on Bertram’s recent article examining the underpinning of the Future Commando Force, emphasising the concept’s shortfalls. A 10 minute read.

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Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Command & Control, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Leadership, Letters, National Defence, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Submarines, Training, United States Navy
7 minutes, 22 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Repulse DASO Polaris missile firing – Friday 13th February 1973

By John McGregor,
15 May 24

Ed. In light of the recent HMS Vanguard ballistic missile test-firing, our correspondent reflects on a previous disappointing submarine-launched ballistic missile test.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Carrier Strike Group, China, Combined Arms, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
11 minutes, 50 seconds

A recent history of the Royal Navy and the (cautiously optimistic) shape of things to come

By William Freer,
09 May 24

Ed. With 1SL’s 2024 Seapower Conference in mind, the author reflects on the chequered legacy of RN technical developments and procurement over the past 20 years, and considers priorities for the next decades. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Power, Armed Forces, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Convoy Operations, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Education, Engineering, Europe, First World War, General, Historiography, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, People, Professional Military Education, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Training, United States Navy
50 minutes, 58 seconds

The Founders of The Naval Review

By Master Ned,
08 May 24

Ed. RAdm James Goldrick RAN provided the first chapter to the NR’s centenary publication, Dreadnought to Daring (2012), in which he conducted a prosopographical study of the Naval Review’s founders. A 50 minute read.

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Admiralty, Australia, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, First World War, Historiography, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, New Zealand, Operational Art, People, Risk Management, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
19 minutes, 46 seconds

Maximilian Reichsgraf von Spee (1861–1914): The Face of German Colonial Sea Power

By Martin George Holmes,
01 May 24

Ed. This article, drawing on German-language sources, presents a fresh biographical sketch of Maximilian von Spee’s naval career, a man of his time who realistically embodied German sea power, in the Mahanian tradition, until his demise at the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. A 20 minute read.

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Admiralty, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Budgets and Finance, Cold War, Convoy Operations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Risk Management, Sea Power, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
6 minutes, 36 seconds

What were the consequences of the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines on the Royal Navy and its operations after 1963?

By OC Daniel Gorman,
27 Apr 24

Ed. Nuclear submarines, along with the aircraft carrier, have become the ultimate symbols of sea power, but their adoption and use remain not only technically complex and expensive, but also diplomatically and politically controversial. The author surveys this background in the case of the Royal Navy. Winner of the Eric Grove prize. A 5 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Black Sea, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Communications, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, General, Geopolitics, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Middle East, Ministry of Defence, National Security, NATO, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
5 minutes, 16 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 112/2

By Mike Beardall,
24 Apr 24

Ed. Firstly a bit of good news. A warm welcome to BMT Group, who have joined the Naval Review as our first Corporate Sponsor. Also, a particular thank you to our female membership and supporters who have been pulling out the stops, and as a consequence I am delighted to report that seven articles in this edition have been written, and contributed to, by women. Dr James Smith’s article on pg 264 deserves special mention, for those that follow the website Forum where we have enjoyed a serious debate over how the country failed to hold on to a maritime strategy in the 20th century. With the weight of articles we are currently receiving we are unable to reproduce this debate beyond the article in this edition, but please consider going online and joining in!

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Addressing Current Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Communications, Cyberwarfare, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Naval Aviation, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Surveillance, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
11 minutes, 34 seconds

The Integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Fleet Operations

By Mid Tristan Rudge,
23 Apr 24

Ed. The author explores the progressive integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into RN fleet operations. The strategic and operational advantages of UAV and autonomous systems in modern naval warfare are undeniable and will only continue to grow. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Risk Management, Sea Power
1 minute, 6 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Maritime Defence

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
17 Apr 24

Ed. As the perils of global conflict increase, alarm bells ring in defence analysts’ corridors. Concern over immediate deficiencies renew calls for Jeune Ecole and continentalist approaches, when, as Nelson knew, there simply may be no alternative to ‘want of frigates’.

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