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July 23, 2010
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Good luck with that! The visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) prepares to board the Turkish Navy frigate TCG Yavuz (F 240).

US Navy

Navy to inactivate 11 ships. More.

US, Japanese ships in Vladivostok for Navy Day ceremonies.

US Navy reviews use of sonobuoys.

U.S. Navy Laser Weapon Shoots Down Drones in Test.

Navy Tests Airborne Laser Mine Detection.

US Marines and Sri Lankan Navy hold sea exercise.

U.S. Boosts Asian Defense Ties Amid Growing Challenge From China Military.

Peruvian sub at Naval Station Norfolk.

Avondale closing news is no surprise to maritime experts.

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Warships of the World

Germany reconsiders funding Israel’s latest submarine.

Pakistan to expand maritime ties with China.

Pakistan enters the realm of shipbuilding.

Britain’s biggest warship uncovered.

UK Royal Marines and Paras may face merger.

The Politics of France’s Mistral deal with Russia.

Skepticism greets Canada’s JSS restart.

New Chinese anti-ship missile may complicate relations with U.S.

China’s pro-missile navy sinks carriers.

Singapore Navy’s warship tests Aster surface-to-air missile.

First Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

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New Wars at Sea

NATO fears Somali pirates moving to south Red Sea.

India to assist Seychelles in anti-piracy operations.

Israeli Navy braces for Lebanese flotilla.

Monsoons, naval forces chase Arabian Sea pirates away.

Who are the WestPac war games for?

The Reality of Piracy.

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From the Navy Vaults

Welcome to the Official Blog of the Naval War College Museum.

WIB Salutes Ray Harryhausen. (War is Boring)

5 Sci-Fi Actors Who Were War Heroes in Real Life. (Neatorama)

The Romantic Rover. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

The Middle Passage. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Keeping Ship-shape at Sea. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Naval Aviation Centennial: Aircraft Carrier Evolution. (The Year in Defense)

Battle of Diu, February 3, 1509. (Cog and Galley)

Phormio (c. 480–428 b.c.). (Cog and Galley)

Fighting Crew of a Greek Trireme. (Cog and Galley)

The Olympias Trireme – 5th Century B.C Warship Reborn. (The Old Salt Blog)

Canada’s navy hardly got off to a glorious start. (Montreal Gazette)

1958 Canadian Navy review a shipshape spectacle. (Times Colonist)

The Battle of Quiberon Bay 1759 by Nicholas Tracy. (Daly History Blog)

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Sailors assigned to Riverine Group (RIVRON) 1 conduct maneuver drills at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2010 10:14 am

    For an indepth look at the Somali pirates, see the forthcoming book, Pirate State: Inside Somalia’s Terrorism at Sea, available at Amazon.

  2. D. E. Reddick permalink
    July 23, 2010 4:01 pm

    Fencer,

    I would guess that the FFGs will be sold to Turkey. They have their program which very efficiently converts those old figs into modern warships featuring VLS with ESSM and completely new combat systems.

  3. July 23, 2010 2:15 pm

    A few more things,

    1) The MoD plans commitments not the Army or RN. The Royal Marines are under de facto Army control when in A-stan or Iraq; just at they were in Ulster or when in the Falklands when the operational went from brigade op to a divisional op. And this goes for the RAF Regiment.

    2) Dear Mike B. Be a good boy don’t quote from the Daily Mail please. It is a comic.

    3) In the opening picture to the post are those M16s blue or is it me?

  4. July 23, 2010 2:07 pm

    Nearly every time we in the UK have a defence review a Para / RM merger comes up. It won’t happen. Though their Lordships would happily trade Royal for a nice shiny destroyer or three the idea just doesn’t fly (or swim or march.) The reason? The Corps of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines is just too efficient at what it does, producing first class “specialized” infantry. This is the same reason why the RAF Regiment has managed to survive. Though I will grant the RAF is politically more adept than their Lordships. And that RAF Regiment doesn’t produce quite the same quality of infantryman. I suppose it could be argued that both RM and Para spend a lot of time hopping in and out of helicopters. And that the Para’s have suffered in that parachute training has been cut over the last few years (due to lack of aircraft and cost of aircraft.) But both organisations still cling to their traditional roles. Young men join each service because of those traditional roles and the lifestyle it offers. (Though I am increasingly less surprised by how ignorant some marines are of their parent service with less and less sea time.) Young men don’t join the Para’s to sit at sea for 6 months. Before anybody says anything about purple ops and RAF personnel aboard HM carriers I will add there is a difference between a one off tour and a career choice. Further before somebody says anything about the Falklands or any other war there is a difference between trooping and amphibious warfare. The only way this merger will work is because of the poor state of the civilian job market. It will actually be counter to what is needed. At the moment in 3Cde Brigade and 16AAB we already have too efficient expeditionary brigades.

    I think this as likely to come off as the Guards merging into one regiment or the RAF giving up its helicopters.

    I am now in quandary now whether before I go down to Pompey next weekend to read any defence related news just in case this chimera comes to be.

    Yes I am angry.

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    July 23, 2010 1:50 pm

    Fencer-honestly I haven’t a clue. It could be they are up for the highest bidder?

    D.E.-War News has been a faithful linker here for some time and I probably owe his site much of my numbers.

  6. D. E. Reddick permalink
    July 23, 2010 12:09 pm

    Mike,

    The editor over at War News Updates has high praise for you and your efforts.

    “My Comment: For everyone’s info, my two favorite websites that cover the U.S. Navy are New Wars, and Information Dissemination …. both are must reads on issues on the U.S. Navy and its future.”

    http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2010/07/slow-downsizing-of-us-navys-industrial.html#links

  7. Fencer permalink
    July 23, 2010 11:26 am

    The first article says that two of the frigates will be sold to “foreign militaries”, anyone have any idea who?

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