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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, 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, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Geostrategy, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, National Security, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Ukraine
8 minutes, 25 seconds

Might Trump be right about European security?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
04 Apr 24

Ed. Contrary to doom and gloom predictions of NATO decline under a potential second Trump Presidency, Rob Fry argues that, with US strategic imperatives invariably prioritizing the Pacific theatre, it is high time European leaders demonstrate resolve. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Deterrence, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Security, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Sea Power, Service Culture, Submarines
1 minute, 23 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Time to review the C in CASD?

By Rob Forsyth,
28 Mar 24

Ed. The author questions the necessity of Continuous At Sea Deterrence (CASD), considering the strain this has placed on boats and crew members.

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19th Century, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, China, Cold War, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Industry, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Ukraine
23 minutes, 38 seconds

‘Perfidious Albion’? – British foreign policy in an age of strategic choice

By Mid Joe Reilly RN,
21 Mar 24

Ed. With a clear-eyed appraisal of historical trends since the 19th century, the author argues that, contrary to alarmist concerns of retrenchment, Britain today has more room to maneuver as a strategic counter-weight than has been the case for the last 80 years. Awarded the RUSI Trench Gascoigne prize and originally published in the RUSI Journal. A 25 minute read.

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Admiralty, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Defence Engagement, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Industry, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Mine Countermeasures, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Procurement, Strategy
13 minutes, 51 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Offering Solutions

By WatchOnStopOn,
29 Feb 24

Ed. Increasing challenges to the Rules-Based International System require a back-to-basics approach and renewed public support for the Services. Focusing on quantity and capability, the author argues that restocking critical munitions, and building new Minor War Vessels, is an essential foundation for the future credibility of the Royal Navy.

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Book Reviews, Cold War, Naval History, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons
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Latest Book Review, 27 February 2024

27 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book, published in 2017, telling the story of the Royal Navy’s last Gunroom, which also supported Operation GRAPPLE.

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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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