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December 25, 2009

Ships at Naval Base San Diego display lights for a holiday festivity.

Christmas Special

Navy vet urges prayers for U.S. troops.

Santa Claus loves the Navy, and vice versa.  

Holiday warships.  

Canadian Forces Keeps Watch Over Christmas.


US Navy  

Littoral ships being readied for service.  

Navy discloses LCS mine-sub cost spike.  

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Independence. More. More.  

US Congress uneasy over French warship sale to Russia. More.  

Austal starts Joint High Speed Vessel construction.  

Navy officials seek ways to extend lifespan of Pacific fleet.  

Aegis Will Not Be Deceived.  


Warships of the World  

Russia Discussing Amphib Deal With 3 Nations.  

Spanish Sub Fleet Back to Two, up from One.  

Russian Bulava missile Blues.  

Joint Logistic Support Ship building for Royal Netherlands Navy.  

New Indian guided missile frigates to sail by 2012’.  

India, Oman navies conclude joint exercise.  

Australian missile frigate tests SM2 missile.  

Shipbuilders to compete for Japan submarine contract for first time.  

Thales welcomes Royal Navy frigate’s sonar upgrade.  

HMS Queen Elizabeth and the future of the Royal Navy.  

Submarine Astute comissioning date put back.  

Hyping The Chinese Threat.  

China looks at nuclear-powered cargo ships.  

China wary of Russian naval repairs.  

Indonesia’s Ship-Building Industry Capable Of Making 50 Warships Per Year.  

Indonesian warships get Chinese-made missiles.  

Nigerian Navy can be one of the best in ship building’.  


New Wars at Sea  

U.S. Cruise Missiles Hit Al Qaeda In Yemen.  

Maritime, Air Roles for A.U. Peacekeepers in Somalia.  

New Visby corvettes delivered to Sweden.  

Is the Chinese Navy Reluctant to Use Force Against Somali Pirates?  

North Korea Declares ‘Firing Zone’ Near Disputed Sea Border.  

Robotic Armored Speedboats Challenge Sailors.  

UN Maritime Force Takes Part In Rescue.  

Indian navy thwarts pirates attempt on foreign vessel.  

India to boost warship production: official.  

Captured: drug-smuggling submarine built in garden shed.  

Dutch release Somalia ‘pirates’.  

Armed Merchant Vessel Protection.  

AWACS And The Pirates.  


From the Navy Vaults  

Falklands then and now: Aircraft Carriers. (Daly History Blog)  

Development of vehicle armour. (Ancient Roman Weapons)  

Clyde-built hospital ship sunk by Japanese submarine in 1943 is found on seabed. (Daily Record)  

Colonel Robert L. Howard, US Army (Ret.) 1939-2009. (USNI Blog)  

Fairey Swordfish. (Dieselpunk)  

Battleship Missouri gets a ‘bounce’. (Honolulu Advertiser)  

Why A Czarist Warship Remains In Service. (Strategypage)  

Russian Galleys. (Cog and galley)  

Steam Tactics. (War and Game)  


12 Comments leave one →
  1. Dana permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:23 am

    Regretfully, the navies present are doing everything they possibly can do. We must remember the political problems in Somalia and other locations create the problem of piracy. But, politicians throughout the world are refusing to deal properly with the problem. Until politicians are willing to allow navies to effectively engage the pirates at sea, and send the Marines in to their bases, every effort and currency is wasted.

    The pirates are using boats and men that they consider expendable. Sink one, kill one, it will not make a difference. The ransom of one freighter will purchase hundreds of five and six meter boats. The lure of fast money brings in the desperate.

    Mounting blockades and invasions to end piracy takes more the just navies and Marines. It also requires political will. And with politicians more interested in providing “Bread and Circuses” than concern for the well being of non-voters, well, nothing good can happen.

    Oh, the current American administration may be willing to use Reapers against pirates. But, doing so will do nothing. In fact, the video will be less impressive than a Hollywood movie and just as effective.

  2. elgatoso permalink
    December 26, 2009 11:16 pm

    We could finish the piracy problem with Reapers.

  3. Mrs. Davis permalink
    December 26, 2009 9:21 pm

    You must eliminate the support network. And that means going ashore. Which also means using the same amphibs that you tend to denigrate because the ships you support would be overwhelmed by the requirements of the operation.

    I agree completely. So why aren’t we using those exquisite amphibs to go ashore? Not our job to fight?

  4. James Daly permalink
    December 26, 2009 8:51 pm

    True the international community should be looking at the root of the problem in Somalia – I studied a unit on Barbary piracy at University – but thats kind of beside the point. Until that happens the Navies of the US, EU, AU and whoever else deploys there should be taking on the Pirates as best they can, to do otherwise is to give them free reign.

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    December 26, 2009 7:12 pm

    Dana-This doesn’t excuse the Navy from giving all it has to the fight on piracy. That was the bulk of the US fleet off Tripoli, however small. And it took US Marines, which were launched from the sea, to set things aright.

  6. Dana permalink
    December 26, 2009 6:06 pm

    Admiral Hudson is correct, you are wrong. Read up on how the U.S ended the threat of the Barbary pirates of Tripoli. Continue this with the fact that as long as there is a political network that permits piracy, you are always looking for the next one to show up. You must eliminate the support network. And that means going ashore. Which also means using the same amphibs that you tend to denigrate because the ships you support would be overwhelmed by the requirements of the operation.

  7. James Daly permalink
    December 26, 2009 3:59 pm

    To listen to Admiral Hudson you would think that warfighting is like the pick and mix sweet counter… ‘hmmmm, dont fancy this one much’. Its like when similar figures in the past have said ‘we dont do counter-insurgency’ or ‘we don’t do nation building’. Nonsensical.

  8. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 26, 2009 2:58 pm

    Oh, yeah – how could we forget that simple rule about -not- fighting?

    Instead, we have to depend upon heroic guys like Dutch video director Jasper Schuringa to put a headlock on an Al Queda terrorist and rip away a burning incendiary / explosive device from the terrorist’s groin with his bare hands.

    Interestingly, there’s been mention that Schuringa had some prior association or experience with the French Foreign Legion. If so, then perhaps he was the best man for that particular situation which developed aboard Northwest Flight 253.

    Maybe we should place men such as Jasper Schuringa in charge of taking actions against pirates, terrorists, and others of such ilk.

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    December 26, 2009 2:23 pm

    Mrs D-Oh, I forgot. Well, let build as few ships as possible and make them as exquisite as we can. Get our monies worth.

  10. Mrs. Davis permalink
    December 26, 2009 2:09 pm

    It’s not the Navy’s job to fight.

  11. Mike Burleson permalink*
    December 26, 2009 1:50 pm

    DE-I think it interesting the Admiral continues the mantra Piracy can only be defeated on land:

    “It’s not going to be solved by racing around the Indian Ocean with warships, capturing pirates,” Rear Adm. Peter Hudson, the commander of the EU Naval Force’s counter-piracy efforts, said in Nairobi recently. “The long-term solution, of course, is ashore in Somalia.”

    Way to talk yourself out of a job, admiral Hudson!

  12. D. E. Reddick permalink
    December 25, 2009 2:04 pm

    The Washington Post has a useful synopsis regarding the Somali piracy problem. The difference in the successful rate of ship seizures is informative: the success rate of pirate attacks for 2009 is almost on-half that of 2008. Also note the following statement (by an EU task force Atalanta representative) regarding pirate success in the Gulf of Aden since this past Summer.

    “A lot more ships would have been taken if we weren’t there,” Cmdr. John Harbour, the force’s spokesman, told The Associated Press. He said the pirates had not seized any ships in the heavily trafficked Gulf of Aden since July, which he called evidence of the force’s impact.

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