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February 5, 2010

USS Denver sails during sunset.

US Navy

Designing The Next Hospital Ship: Lessons From Haiti.

JHSV gets larger role in Navy, Marine plans. More. Even More.

US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates.

DOD’s 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan.

Navy Shipbuilding Gap Grows. More.

Defense budget supports subs.

Amphib mission out of sync with needs: QDR.

Carrier, other ships released from Haiti mission.

Networking the U.S. Navy.

Freedom LCS Preps for Southern Command.

Report: Mayport will get nuclear aircraft carrier.

BMD Warships Head to the Gulf.


Warships of the World

Criticizing the French Mistral sale to Russia.

Estonia Monitors Rise In Russian Naval Activity.

Royal Navy flagship ready for £40m Rosyth refit.

Brown will commit to fleet of warships.

Royal Navy joins battle for defense resources.

Royal Australian Navy push for closer links with Asia.

S. Korean Navy Launches High-mobility Combat Unit.

Taiwan discovers Chinese submarine in territorial waters, maybe.

China and India at sea – Growth vs Decline.

Commodore-Time for Canada to build warships again.


New Wars at Sea

Turkish frigate sets sail for anti-piracy mission.

Canadian navy ship intercepts suspected pirates.

Somali Pirates Widen Attacks to Indian Ocean, EU Admiral Says.

Palestine instigates floating IED Warfare on Israel.

Somali pirates hijack North Korean cargo ship.


From the Navy Vaults

Nelson’s flagship endures. (Scoop Deck)

L.A. Class submarines–The Greatest Generation. (Strategypage)

The Farnsworth Case. (Strategypage)

Operation Sealion–1974 Wargame. Fact or Fantasy? Reasons for Rejecting the Invasion. (War and Game)

Hollywood and the USS Yorktown CV-10. (Yorktown Aviator’s Blog)

USN Monitors versus RN Ironclads. (A Slightly Odd View of the Civil War)

Never Forget: Churchill’s Bold Strike on the French Navy. (Daily Mail)


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 5, 2010 2:51 pm

    D.E. Thats pretty cool. Maybe it will encourage the International Community for greater involvement. And they can do it “from the sea…” as Leesea would say, without the political repercussions always associated with land wars!

  2. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 5, 2010 2:24 pm

    There’s a growing thread about this incident over on Military Photos. Danish commentators there are reporting several things:

    1) Either Absalom’s helicopter alone or both Absalom and the helo both fired on a pirate skiff as they approached MV Ariella;
    2) That skiff which was fired on then escaped;
    3) The ten man boarding crew from Absalom have found no pirates hiding aboard Ariella after several hours of searching the ship, as reported by Absalom’s captain;
    4) The crew of Ariella is now back in control of their ship;
    5) The Russian frigate Neustrashimyy captured a skiff with seven apparent pirates (armed, still?) nearby.

    What is notable in this action is the combined efforts of:
    a) The Indian frigate INS Tabar in spreading word of the hijacking attempt;
    b) The French Maritime Patrol Aircraft which found that pirates were aboard the Arielle;
    c) The ability of the Arielle crew to safely hide and notify Absalom that they were still safe from the pirates;
    d) The knowledge of the crew’s safety which led to the decision by Absalom to mount a boarding action and free Arielle from the pirates;
    e) The willingness of the Danish Navy to shoot at evident, visible pirates;
    f) The forceful boarding action by the ten-man VBSS crew from Absalom;
    g) The taking of a pirate skiff by RS Neustrashimyy subsequent to Absalom’s intervention on approach to Ariella;

    All in all, this demonstrates a very well executed collaborative action between: EU NAVFOR; NATO’s task force commanded from HDMS Absalom; the independent action of Indian frigate INS Tabar; the French MPA surveillance effort; and the independent action of Russian frigate RS Neustrashimyy. Two separate force structures and two ships not part of those forces worked together to end this incident with a positive outcome. This whole effort appears to support an evaluation that the efforts to suppress Somali piracy do have effective outcomes on occasion.

  3. elgatoso permalink
    February 5, 2010 2:18 pm

    Send a couple of Reapers with Hellfire.You don’t even need the Absalon.

  4. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 5, 2010 12:00 pm

    There’s your pirate buster! Send all your giant missile battleships home and leave the 2 Absalons plus corvettes and patrol boats. They’d clean up the Gulf in a month at a fraction of the cost.

  5. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 5, 2010 11:28 am


    Eagle1 over at EagleSpeak has the following EU NAVFOR statement regarding the cooperation between various forces involved in saving the Ariella from pirates:

    The ARIELLA was sailing in a “Group Transit” within the International Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC) under the protection of Coalition navies. An alert went out, picked up from an Indian Warship TABAR who sent out a general message on the Mercury communication system. An EU NAVFOR French Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) was quickly on the scene and confirmed a sighting of armed pirates on the deck of the ARIELLA. The MPA made contact with Battle Watch Officers from the NATO Danish Warship ABSALON from CTF 508.

    The NATO ship ensured that the crew onboard were safe before the decision was made to send in the specialist teams. At the same time as NATO ship ABSALON boarded ARIELLA, sailors from the Russian Navy ship Neustrashimyy who was operating nearby, successfully boarded and detained a second pirate skiff. The ongoing co-operation between the maritime partners, the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and NATO Combined Maritime Force 151 (CMF 151), together with maritime nations, such as the Russian and Indian navies led to the successful release of M/V ARIELLA.

  6. CBD permalink
    February 5, 2010 11:02 am

    Some counter piracy done right. Absalon being used in a more aggressive manner, better in line with its capabilities?

    Scott will love this.

  7. Heretic permalink
    February 5, 2010 11:00 am

    ELP asks the all important question:
    Since the F-35 is a bloated, overweight, Rube Goldberg machine that will probably NEVER “work” in service the way it seems to do in powerpoint slides … What should the F/A-XX be?

    I daresay the answer to this ought to be reasonably obvious. We (the USN) ought to be learning from aircraft like the Sea Gripen (yes, euro-canards and all). The USN (and USAF) need to get out of the habit of thinking that one big monstrously heavy bomber fighter is the answer to every problem. It seems like every time there’s an aircraft competition, the service(s) … *ahem* … gravitate … to the biggest, heaviest and costliest to own and operate solution to any problem.

    Some of the best planes to ever grace the inventory were the lightweights. F-16s and A-4s being the obvious examples (among others). The F/A-XX ought to be a lightweight, navalized (ie. CATOBAR capable) STOL performer which can be configured for a variety of roles. With STOL performance (see: Gripen) the aircraft can support a wide variety of USMC MAGTF CAS roles without being too “heavy” on the logistics backend to support outside of an established airbase with air conditioned hangars loaded with babysitters and tons of spare parts. This opens up basing flexibility to more “austere” sites than places with less than 5000′ concrete runways, which then improves power projection over land capacity … which seemingly is the primary purpose of navalized aircraft these days (since it certainly *isn’t* Sea Control!).

    The F/A-XX ought to have four clearly defined primary roles … Combat Air Patrol Fighter, Close Air Support, Electronic Attack, Buddy Tanker. Secondary roles can include Recon and Network Node tasks, which may also include UAS controller. It should be a two-seater to accomplish all of these functions.

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