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January 15, 2010

In this 2009 photo, The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) leads the Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVH 911).

US Navy

Navy, Coast Guard deploying forces to Haiti.

Coast Guard was one of the first to Haiti.

Harvey: Many good reasons for Mayport carrier move.

Navy F-35 JSF Faces Cancellation.

Tackling Hybrid War With Today’s Navy.

Marinette Marine installs engines in littoral combat ship.

Navy’s Second Littoral Combat Ship to be Commissioned.

The Navy’s UUV Master Plan.

Coping With The Great American SSN Shortage. More.


Warships of the World

MOD Spends £333 Million For Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers.

U.K. Carrier Program, Mission Under Pressure.

Replacement for RN Trident ‘delayed indefinitely’.

Taiwan seeks Perry Aegis upgrade. Maybe.

Israel in talks to buy 6th submarine from Germany.

Technology that won Sri Lanka’s War at Sea.

Chinese Navy new-type warships sail to blue sea.

China’s navy gaining power.

Comparison’s between Canada and Dutch Joint Support Ships.


New Wars at Sea

New Russian Navy task force to patrol Somali waters.

Canadian Frigate Flunks Piracy Test.

Africa needs OPVs.

Kenya Fishermen See Upside to Pirates: More Fish.


From the Navy Vaults

Conquerer of South Georgia died aged 79. (Telegraph)

Confederate Raider Raphael Semmes: Catch Me If You Can! (HistoryNet)

English Warship–Fourteenth Century. (Cog and Galley)

Historic WWII destroyer out of SC dry-dock. (The Sun News)

How the Royal Navy gave us the Bank of England, a civil service and tinned food. (Daily Mail)

Scrappy Little Corvettes. (Legion Magazine)

New Zealand’s Greatest Tragedy at Sea. (Suite 101)

Calypso: Revival of a legend. (Times of Malta)


17 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 20, 2010 5:34 am

    Concerning Greenpeace, this is a militant group performing Eco-terrorism. They certainly fall into the category of Auxiliary cruiser navies which are arising and which our stretched thin high tech fleets are unprepared to deal with. Though in themselves not so much a threat to world peace, I see the enemies of the sealanes emulating their lessons of confronting established seapowers and getting away wit it.

  2. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 19, 2010 11:08 pm

    Star Wars versus Somali pirates:

    Scots firm’s laser gun to foil Somali pirates

    A LASER that dazzles and disorientates has been developed by a Scottish firm to help shipowners ward off pirate attacks.

    The first device has been fitted to a commercial vessel due to sail within weeks through the Gulf of Aden, off the pirate stronghold of Somalia.

    Dunoon-based ProForm Marine believes the non-lethal laser will prompt pirates to abandon their assault and seek an easier target. It was developed following a rising tide of attacks on cargo vessels and luxury yachts, especially off Somalia, which lies beside one of the world’s main trade routes to the Suez Canal. The Gulf of Aden is known as “the gates of hell”.

    The laser, which costs £55,000, affects the vision of anyone on which it is trained for up to 30 minutes and makes them feel nauseous and disorientated.

    ProForm said SeaLase uses three lasers – red, blue and green – which together cannot be filtered out by protective glasses.

    Paul Kerr, its director, said the device could be used at a range of up to more than two miles, but was most effective at less than one mile. He said: “The effect is like staring into the sun.”

  3. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:41 pm

    Well, this blog is entitled New Wars… So, why shouldn’t there be some newer forms of new wars on the horizon. Now Greenpeace is starting to build their own navy, from the keel up.

    Greenpeace to build £14m flagship

    The Rainbow Warrior III mega-yacht will be one of the greenest ships afloat, complete with satellite video system and a helipad

    Many navies are shrinking as defence cuts bite, but environment groups are renewing their fleets in response to growing ecological pressure on oceans and losses of their vessels at sea.

    German and Polish shipyards will shortly start work on Greenpeace’s £14m flagship, a mega-yacht that will become the third Rainbow Warrior next year. It will be one of the biggest yachts to have been commissioned in the last decade with, say the designers, a massive 1,300 sq metres of sail supported on two A-frame masts.

    …the Rainbow Warrior III will have its own helipad and room for a flotilla of inflatables. …it will sleep 30 in more comfort than the fishing boats the environment group usually converts…

    …it will be one of the greenest ships afloat and a satellite system will allow campaigners to stream video footage from anywhere in the world. “We have converted ships for 30 years and it’s time we practised what we preach,” said Ulrich von Eitzen, a Greenpeace spokesman. “Upgrading the existing ship was not technically or financially feasible and converting a secondhand ship would compromise our campaigning and energy conservation needs.”

    The new ship will have both diesel and electric engines but these are expected to be in use for less than 10% of its time at sea. “The aim is to drastically reduce emissions and to burn far less fuel. You can never say in advance what speeds it will do, but its main propulsion will be by wind,” said Eitzen.

  4. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 19, 2010 12:11 pm

    And they always think its all about them!

  5. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 19, 2010 11:26 am

    Well, once in awhile someone in the Iranian leadership is going to utter something logical.

    Iran says may hit Western warships if attacked

    Iran’s defence minister warned on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic could strike back at Western warships in the Gulf if it were attacked over its nuclear programme, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

    Ahmad Vahidi said there were now more than 90 war vessels in the Gulf — a waterway crucial for global oil supplies — and that they had created a “military environment” there.

    They included submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers, he said during a conference in Tehran on the Gulf.

    “What is the reason underlying the deployment of this many warships and what aim are they pursuing … are they arrayed against Iran?” Fars quoted Vahidi as saying.

    “The Westerners know well that the existence of these warships in the Persian Gulf serve as the best operational targets for Iran if they should want to undertake any military action against Iran,” he said.

  6. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 19, 2010 4:11 am

    Yep. The need for eternal vigilance! No time to cut the Navy.

  7. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:17 pm

    This is probably nothing. But, who knows… Perhaps it’s… …here we go again! This would fit into the present trend of reducing the Royal Navy to force levels of miniscule proportions. You all know what it is… …it’s the FALKLANDS:

    Britain rejects Argentine claim to the Falklands

    LONDON – Britain has rejected Argentina’s latest claim to the Falkland Islands, more than a quarter of a century after the nations went to war over the Atlantic archipelago.

    Argentina passed a law last month laying claim to the Falklands and several other overseas British territories.

  8. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 17, 2010 3:21 pm

    Thanks D.E.! Bizarre stuff.

  9. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 17, 2010 2:58 pm

    Somali piracy is again in the news. A huge $5.5 to $7 million ransom has been paid for a hijacked Greek tanker. Only, different groups are fighting over the ransom payment. And now, reportedly western naval helos have engaged some of the pirates with machine-gun fire, as reported by Reuters and The Washington Post.

    Ransom paid for oil tanker, Somalia pirates feud

    By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Guled
    Sunday, January 17, 2010; 12:45 PM

    Earlier on Sunday, pirates aboard the tanker and rivals in speedboats fired at each other in a tussle for control of the vessel before the ransom was due to be delivered.

    Pirates aboard a hijacked ship nearby and local elders onshore told Reuters helicopters from Western navies patrolling the waters off Somalia fired at the speedboats, clearing them from the area before the cash was dropped.


    Shots fired as pirates squabble over ransom

    Rival Somali pirate gangs fired shots at each other on Sunday in a dispute over how to split any ransom for a hijacked Greek-flagged oil tanker with two million barrels of crude oil aboard.

    Pirates from the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland, who seized the Maran Centaurus in November, say they do not want to a share the spoils with pirate gangs in the pirate haven of Haradheere, where the vessel is moored.

    But the tanker and its 28 hostages are now under the control of gunmen from Haradheere. The pirates from Puntland, aboard speedboats nearby, are threatening to set fire to the tanker if they miss out on any payment.

  10. elgatoso permalink
    January 16, 2010 11:21 am

    With respect to whacked-out crazy Hugo Chavez me think that is only for internal consumption.He is menacing Colombia too,but the Venezuelan Army is not prepared for a invasion.

  11. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 16, 2010 8:05 am

    Thanks D.E. for the link which I embedded for ya!

  12. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 15, 2010 6:14 pm

    On a different tack, there may be a problem arising with Venezuela attempting to grab the offshore oil fields and refineries of the Netherlands’ island possessions in Caribbean waters off the coast of Venezuela. Aviation Week’s Ares page has the concerns at this link.

    Given the Haitian earthquake disaster presently occupying the focus of international attention, then an opportunistic grab for those islands and their resources might be something attempted by the Venezuelan ‘president.’ Of course if whacked-out crazy Hugo Chavez does make a grab for the Netherlands Antilles, then he may face more than an aggrieved Netherlands and annoyed USA. Netherlands’ islands in the Caribbean are national territories and those who live there are citizens of the Netherlands. Several letters forming certain acronyms should inform Chavez of consequences if he were to act acquisitively: OAS; UN; EU; and NATO.

  13. January 15, 2010 5:20 pm

    I know there are “reasons” why the RN bases the SSBN force in Scotland. But for me I would give the SNP what they want and bring the SSBNs to Devonport.

    One wonders if submarines were built on the Clyde and not in Barrow if the SNP et al would be so opposed.

  14. Chuck Hill permalink
    January 15, 2010 4:27 pm

    A buoy tender is also on the way.

  15. leesea permalink
    January 15, 2010 4:26 pm

    Mike thanks again for this valuable section of links. I almost always get more info than I bargained for by using it.

  16. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 15, 2010 12:58 pm

    Super Chuck! The Coast Guard deserves so much better than Deepwater!

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