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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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The Naval Review, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Middle East, Service Culture, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
5 minutes, 50 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 112/1

By Mike Beardall,
10 Feb 24

Ed. To everyone who contributed to the Naval Review over the last 12 months, from our regulars to our first time authors and correspondents, our band of dedicated book reviewers and contributors on the Forum, along with those who have taken the trouble to pass feedback, both good and bad, along to those who help me deliver the Naval Review, especially the Trustees, Secretary Treasurer in particular, and the Editorial team, may I offer a heartfelt thank you and wish all our readership a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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Conference Report, Artificial Intelligence, Environment, Fisheries, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval News, Oil & Gas, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
10 minutes, 27 seconds

The RN, UK Coastal Security and Communities

By DR MATTHEW HEASLIP,
23 Jun 23

Ed. A summary of the UK Coastal Security and Communities conference that was co-hosted by the RN Strategic Studies Centre and the University of Portsmouth in April 2023. The author expands upon the major themes that were discussed, making the connection between technology, the environment, and the United Kingdom’s coastal communities. A 10 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
16 minutes, 53 seconds

Malta and the Mediterranean Fleet, 1940-1943: A Dissenting Perspective

By ROGER PLUMTREE,
18 Jun 23

Ed. In his analysis of strategic lessons to be drawn from the Second World War [40/4. p. 432], Captain S. W. Roskill, RN, wrote, “It took much ‘sad experience’ to show that Malta could have been properly defended and could have been kept in use as a base.” Roger Plumtree reconsiders the Maltese narrow margin with the question in mind: was Roskill wrong? A 15 minute read.

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Battle of the Atlantic, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Doctrine, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Tactics, People, Trade Interdiction and Protection
41 minutes, 0 seconds

Leader/follower synergy: Escort group commanders and their subordinate ship commanders in the Battle of the Atlantic

By BRUCE PASCOE,
27 May 23

Ed. The author examines the leadership styles of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton, Captain Donald Macintyre, and Captain Frederick ‘Johnny’ Walker during their Battle of the Atlantic convoy commands. Cultivating a high degree of trust among well-trained officers and crews enabled battle-winning delegation and initiative to develop. A 40 minute read.

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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

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
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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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Operational Art, Operational Research, Second World War, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
18 minutes, 4 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 – II

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
14 May 23

Ed. In this second instalment of his reflections on the Battle of the Atlantic [84/1, p. 68], former Naval Staff historian David Waters, wary of the pernicious abuses of language so frequent in military affairs, asked the difficult question of why the convoy lessons of the First World War were not learnt before the Second. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 20 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, First World War, Historiography, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Marine, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Staff, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Research, Professional Military Education, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection
12 minutes, 44 seconds

Some Reflections upon the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945 and Historical Maritime Operational Research (I)

By DAVID WATKIN WATERS,
06 May 23

Ed. In 1995 staff historian David Waters began publishing in the NR [83/4, p. 349] a series of commentaries on the Battle of the Atlantic, a subject he had mastered while working on The Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping (1957). He was inspired in this case by the renewed naval history discourse, evident in a review of S. Howarth and D. Law, eds., The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945 (1994), the International Naval Conference on the battle held in Liverpool in 1993, and related writings in the NR [83/1, p. 84 & 83/2, p. 159]. Republished here as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. A 15 minute read.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy Operations, Diversity & Inclusion, Geopolitics, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Nuclear Weapons, Operational Research, People, Russia, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine, Women's Royal Naval Service
11 minutes, 21 seconds

Understanding our Enemy – Why it Matters

By Clive Johnstone,
04 May 23

Ed. Originally presented at St. Nick’s Church, Liverpool, on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023, as part of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic NR Chairman Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone examined the conflict in Ukraine today, and emphasized how the WRNS of the Second World War were vital to the defeat of the U-boat threat. A 10 minute read.

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