Sea Fighter gets a makeover! New Wars choice for Naval Photo of the Year.
Happy New Year! Compiled from our weekly Sea Links posts, here are some top Navy related stories from the past year. Feel free to add your favorites I missed within the Comments.
Warships of the World
War on Piracy
The most important story of the year, In my own opinion, was the Chinese anti-ballistic missile plans, which rationally should cause Western navies to rethink how they project power ashore. The next was the slow but certain demise of the DDG-1000 destroyer. The least important story that got all the press was the rumors of impending Chinese aircraft carriers. The most underreported story was Spanish incursions into Gibraltar, which possesses all the signs of a future conflict. The Maersk Alabama story plus the MV Arctic Sea Mystery was very interesting and garnered much discussion here at New Wars. The most frustrating story is the plan to make further cuts on the Royal Navy surface fleet in order to sustain two 65,000 ton aircraft carriers which they in no way can afford. The rise in Piracy and the West’s continued apathy, even as the range of attacks increased out on the open ocean, was also frustrating. Sea Fighter FSF-1 returned to the headlines, at least within the naval blogosphere, with an intriguing makeover, raising speculations of “where is she headed?”