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November 20, 2009

Twenty six U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships participate in a photo exercise, which was the culmination of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX 21G).

US Navy

Lockheed Martin pitches light warship concept for Gulf radar picket.

USS Ford honors president who kept us on an even keel.

Logistics Concerns for Missile-Defense Warships.

Navy’s new missile blows something up. More.

MDA announces next 6 BMD ships.

States’ fight over carrier to intensify. More.

Naval War College Review Articles on China’s DF-21/ASBM.

Navy suspends repair work on coral damaged by warship.

In the Race to Be Green, Navy Moves to the Front of the Pack.

Coast Guard Navigates Around Issues with Major Procurements.

Lockheed And Raytheon To Gain With New Sea Based Focus On Missile Defense.

Lazy watch behavior contributed to nuke sub accident.

Seafighter (FSF-1) Back at Sea.

LCS Increases Crew for Gulf Deployment.


Warships of the World

Naval build-up in Northeast Asia worrisome.

S.Korean Navy on High Alert in West Sea.

N.K. contradicts self on naval clash.

Russia, India agree to sign new deal on aircraft carrier overhaul. More.

Damaged Russian Sub Back in Action.

Georgia-French Ship Sale to Russia Must Be Blown Off Course.

China’s blue water navy on the way (PDF).

China’s New Missile May Create a ‘No-Go Zone’ for U.S. Fleet. More.

Astute submarine launched into high seas. More.

Second Type 45 Destroyer Ready for Delivery.

Deterrent cannot be guaranteed with three subs, says Royal Navy chief.

Depressing rumors and speculation as Royal Navy awaits the axe to fall (again).

Does Britain need an Antarctic Patrol Ship?

Assault ship pops in on sea trials.

Israel, Germany to discuss missile ships.

Aboard Missile Ship, Netanyahu Eyes Iranian Threat.

Turkey to buy submarines at reduced price.


Tackling Pirates

What Are Those Warships Doing Off Somalia?

RN Chief ‘frustrated’ that couple were not rescued from pirates.

British hostages are refusing to eat or drink, say Somali pirates.

Maersk Alabama attacked for second time. More.

U.S. Learning From Past Pirate Attacks.

Somali Piracy Continues Expanding.

Somali pirates hijack ship with 28 North Korean crew. Captain Dies.


From the Navy Vaults

Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Canadian Navy. (Robert Grenier)

First Non-American Turreted Ironclads. (Air, Land, and Sea)

The Nautical Roots of 9 Common Phrases. (Mental Floss)

Defences built to halt Nazi invasion of Scotland revealed. (War and Game)

Naval Power-The Peloponnesian War, Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. (Cog and Galley)

China Admits Secretly Salvaging British Submarine HMS Poseidon. (Question Everything)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2009 6:22 am

    Yes. Lets take your idea one stage further and think about a common NATO class. It could work as the Canadians, Norwegians, yourselves, and ourselves tend to be grown-up nations in the Alliance free from the petty squabbling and inaction of the central/southern Europeans…..

    The Polar region is going to be our new flank. We have the Russians and the Chinese to “compete” with………

    This reminds of a global politics seminar on the political implications of maps. My young lecturer was obsessed with Palestine (like a lot in the dept.) she couldn’t quite grasp why I thought our Arctic security was more important.

  2. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:15 pm

    As a matter of fact, the Canadians are also talking about this type. The Norwegians and the Danes may also be looking for something of this type.

    Here is an old example, but updated with more power and a helo hanger, something like this might serve.

  3. November 21, 2009 3:47 pm

    “The USCG is also talking about new icebreakers and ice strengthened vessels to patrol the Arctic as it opens up.

    Perhaps there is an opportunity to work together.”

    That would be nice. But we are slowly surrendering our defence to the EUSSR.

    I think we need to ask the Canucks too before we take too many cold baths! ;)

  4. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 21, 2009 3:42 pm

    The USCG is also talking about new icebreakers and ice strengthened vessels to patrol the Arctic as it opens up.

    Perhaps there is an opportunity to work together.

  5. November 21, 2009 11:22 am

    Thanks tangosix!

  6. November 21, 2009 11:07 am

    Hello Mike Burleson,

    Red Plum is her nickname due to her hull colour:


  7. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 21, 2009 8:12 am

    “Plum”? Is that a good or bad description?

  8. November 21, 2009 6:29 am

    If it were me in charge I would replace the Plum with something like this……..

  9. November 21, 2009 5:54 am

    “Recall that the last time another Endurance was geared for retirement or recall, a war started, back in 1982! ”

    My 70 or so books on the Falklands War reminds me of this every day!!!!

  10. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 20, 2009 4:49 pm

    The Offshore Patrol Cutter may be the low end cruiser we have been talking about. (A gun, a boat, and a helicopter, plus the speed to keep up with the amphibs.)

    Hopefully the service learned something from the National Security Cutter procurement.

    They are projecting procurement of 25, which should help to bring the cost down. They won’t start them until the NSC program is over and then expect to deliver two a year–that really does not sound fast enough to me.

  11. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 20, 2009 4:04 pm

    Mr x-Recall that the last time another Endurance was geared for retirement or recall, a war started, back in 1982! The small non-exquisite patrol ships have in some occasions the effectiveness of a battle group. This is the true and proper war to do cruiser warfare. But over here, we say only a supercarrier or Aegis destroyer will do for such mundane but important duties.

  12. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 20, 2009 4:00 pm

    Scott said “Obviously, some USCG folks DO NOT want LCS crammed down their throat”

    Yeah, the Coasties know littoral warfare (though they are building the Bertholf which is even more expensive)

  13. November 20, 2009 1:48 pm

    Our Polaris system should have had 5 boats but one was dropped on costs grounds.

    Even with modern tech’ 4 is the minimum number for an economical submarine build.

    Do we need to replace Endurance? Yes. We need to secure as much as out territory as possible. If we don’t the Chinese, Indians, or worse our EU friends will take it from us…….

  14. Scott B. permalink
    November 20, 2009 9:01 am


    LCS-2 completes acceptance trials

  15. Scott B. permalink
    November 20, 2009 8:48 am

    Mike B. : some very good links in there.

    My favorite so far is this one :

    Coast Guard Navigates Around Issues with Major Procurements

    And more specifically, these paragraphs :

    “Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, USCG assistant commandant for capability, distinguished the role of the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) from that of the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a high-speed vessel built for maritime interdiction.

    Saying there was “no overlap between the LCS program and what we look for in the OPC,” Zukunft stated that the cutter would assist the Coast Guard in its ability to project law enforcement as far away from the homeland as possible.

    The OPC must support 20-person boarding teams in heavy sea states with 8-10-foot waves, Zukunft added. The Coast Guard also must consider fuel costs when determining requirements for the OPC because the service will continue to have a limited fuel budget as the cost of fuel continues to climb in the coming decades.”

    Obviously, some USCG folks DO NOT want LCS crammed down their throat !!!

  16. November 20, 2009 8:28 am

    Hey Guys…


    Everyone talks about Helicopters being the ultimate defense against small ships. Why isn’t the Navy buying AH-1Z attack helicopters to take care of that threat? They are using utility helos in an attack configuration. Surely it would be more cost effective to properly arm a Cobra to do that mission. Heck, Its small enough to even be part of an LCS’ load out.

  17. November 20, 2009 8:12 am

    The RN CVF rumours have been officially denied. The ‘Save the RN’ website has not been updated.

  18. November 20, 2009 8:09 am

    Mr. Grenier has a wacky history for the Canadian Carrier ‘Warrior’ in Argentine Navy service. See:

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