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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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General, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
2 minutes, 16 seconds

Naval Review 111/3 Covering Letter

By Mike Beardall,
08 Aug 23

Ed. For a number of recent editions we have been using the reverse of the address form that accompanies the hardcopy as another form of communication. Inevitably, a number of these are reaching the recycling bin unread, so for those that missed it, it is now included in the edition contents and reproduced here as well.

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Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Operational Art, People, The Naval Review, Ukraine
2 minutes, 47 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 111/3

By Mike Beardall,
03 Aug 23

Ed. When was the last time we spent enough on Defence and Security, the nation’s insurance policy? The problem, of course, is that democratic nations decide the answer to this question through elected politicians, not the military; many wise people are involved in reviewing and offering their best analysis of the likely future turn of events but this, as history regularly reminds us, is an inexact science. It all boils down to how effectively we communicate the power of the argument – articulating the threat and the likelihood versus the size of the purse and the amount of risk a government is prepared to accept in the level of military and security capability it wishes to invest in.

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Letters, Diversity & Inclusion, General, People, The Naval Review
1 minute, 18 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Time to Think

By WatchOnStopOn,
01 Aug 23

Ed. The author echoes the sentiment of Jackthelad that, for the NR to grow its membership, it must recognize the reality of both time constraints and the issues that matter to the current generation of Service personnel. Three of the eight founding members of the NR were Lieutenants who no doubt recognised the risk to their careers they were making by joining the ranks of an organisation that was not universally welcomed. Nothing gets changed by saying nowt, so my plea to WatchOnStopOn and your contemporaries is write and we will publish, the Naval Review belongs to all of its membership. I am the Editor – not the censor.

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General, First World War, Learning From The Past, Naval History, Submarines, Technology, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
8 minutes, 4 seconds

The Submarine Under the Park, Part 2 – Digging Deeper

28 Jul 23

Ed. The author continues his investigation into the Dartmouth Coronation Park submarine mystery, having gained some key allies and a Ground Penetrating Radar kit. A 10 minute read.

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Arms Control, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Letters, National Defence, Strategy, The Naval Review, Ukraine
2 minutes, 52 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Standing Into Danger

By Jeremy Blackham,
15 Jun 23

Ed. Jeremy Blackham highlights the weaknesses of Britain’s current strategic assumptions, demonstrated by the failure of the Western powers to prevent the Ukraine War despite ample warning.

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Learning From The Past, Admiralty, Budgets and Finance, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, General, Historiography, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, People, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
0 minutes, 2 seconds

Rear Admiral James Goldrick, AO CSC Naval Review Archive

03 Jun 23

Ed. As a memorial and in tribute of his extensive contributions, the Digital and Editorial teams have compiled a complete archive of James Goldrick’s Naval Review letters, articles, reviews and eulogies.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, Falklands War, First World War, History of Science, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Second World War, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
28 minutes, 20 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939- 1945, and Historic Maritime Operational Research – III & IV

21 May 23

Ed. David Waters concluded his 1995-1996 series of reflections on the Battle of the Atlantic [84/2 & 84/3] by returning to the question of convoy ‘laws’ and his concern that ideological assumptions and abstract thought concerning future operations would once again take precedence over the scientific conclusions he had reached forty years before. A 25 minute read.

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