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February 12, 2010

Ships transit in formation in the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010.

Special-Danish Absalon foils pirates’ plans.

NATO warship Absalon saves ship from pirate attack.

Absalon shuts down pirate sea headquarters.

Danish special forces storm cargo ship to thwart Somali pirate attack.

Nato troops free ship off Somalia after pirate attack.

Russian warship helps to thwart pirate attack near Somalia.

Danish Special Forces Get Rare Attention for Pirate Raid.

Pirate Buster Absalon Rescues Cargo Ship.



US Navy

USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment.

Gates Concerned over Mistral sale to Russia.

Can shipyard deliver on new carrier?

USA Should Have a Bigger Small-Ship Navy.

The Secret Submerged Service.

Army wants high-speed vessel at Pearl Harbor.

China Approves U.S. Carrier’s Hong Kong Visit.



Warships of the World

France agrees to sell Russia Mistral carrier. More. Suprising Nato reaction.

First Sea Trials for Baynunah Corvette.

Work beings on second Australian amphibious warship.

Reputation of Collins class subs takes a further dive.

India downplays China’s anti-ship missile.

China, S.Korea Flex Naval Muscle as U.S. Wanes.

Malaysia says first submarine unable to dive.

Chilean Navy ship commissioned.

NATO Forces in Mediterranean for Annual ASW Exercise.

Taiwan Still Seeking Subs.

Funding cutbacks ‘damaged the Royal Navy’.

HMS York on Patrol in the Falklands.

Second F-22 Frigate inducted in Pakistan fleet.



New Wars at Sea

HMS Chatham Begins Counter-Piracy Operation.

Arabs say Israeli warships passed through Suez Canal.

How the Seychelles became a pirates’ paradise.



From the Navy Vaults

Historical Review of Cruiser Characteristics, Roles and Missions. (Archives & Collections Society)

Naval Commander’s Napoleonic battles rediscovered in Enfield archive. (Enfield Independent)

The Hooligan Navy. (USNI Blog)

WILDCATS Over Leyte. (Sea Classics)

£580,000 grant saves Second World War motor boats. (The Telegraph)

Revealed: the face of the man who sank the Mary Rose. (Daly History Blog)

Lady Pirates-The German Princess. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Navy veteran saw lots of action as ‘Little Beaver’. (The Desert Sun)

Video: Pre-WW 1 US Navy Documentary. (National Film Preservation Board)

Youngsters who lied about their age to join up.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 13, 2010 5:36 am

    Stormy-I’m rarely surprised at the mistakes the Media makes concerning defense issues! In fairness, I make mistakes too, but it pays to pay attention to the comments because you guys keep us straight!

    D.E. the Sea Fighter mystery continues and like you I am constantly scouting online for anything to give a hint what she is up to. I’d like to think she is doing something convert which explains all the silence. Wishful thinking perhaps.

  2. Stormy permalink
    February 13, 2010 5:25 am

    You’d think the author of the article about the Collins class would at least know how to spell HMAS Stirling, considering he is apparently a defence correspondent. You have to question knowledge when such a simple mistake is made.

  3. elgatoso permalink
    February 12, 2010 11:51 pm

    you need to type*/changeNav/6568
    to go the page.the link is broken.After fixed you can erase this post.

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    February 12, 2010 9:03 pm

    This is about FSF-1 Sea Fighter. Earlier today a thread (at ID, started by Galrahn) partially covered the changes evident since Sea Fighter’s recent rebuild. Included in Galrahn’s initial posting was a distant view of the rebuilt FSF-1. That happens to be only the second post-reconstruction photo of FSF-1 which I have seen.

    Now, I’ve done some image searches using both Google Images and the search engine for photos. I’ve now seen four images of Sea Fighter during her reconstruction and only two images of her post-reconstruction. The Navy has 36 images of FSF-1 available via their webpage search engine, but all of them are from 2005 & ’06 – well before Sea Fighter’s recent rebuild.

    Let’s see, that makes for four reconstruction phase photos (three of which were taken at night by a passing bicyclist) and just two post-production images of Sea Fighter (that I’ve see). One might question why there is so little imagery of the rebuilt FSF-1 and whether someone is trying to hide / bury / sink Sea Fighter into awareness oblivion. Just tryin’ to think my way through this evenin’s bit of a snow storm (or is it a snow job?)…

  5. February 12, 2010 5:32 pm

    “H.M.S. York’s interception of A.R.A.Drummond raises a couple of interesting points:”

    I thought I had missed something major!

    Further to your points. This is why Daring needs CIWS and Harpoon. And more importantly Merlin needs the capability to carry Harpoon too.

    It seems surface warfare no longer figures large in their lordships’ minds.

  6. February 12, 2010 2:47 pm


    H.M.S. York’s interception of A.R.A.Drummond raises a couple of interesting points:*/changeNav/6568

    Firstly,H.M.S.Clyde may be permanently stationed in the Falklands but she has no ability to fight a coevette like Drummond.

    Secondly,even the far more capable Type 42 destroyer H.M.S.York would have to parry exocets to get withing gun range of the Argentine corvette (or use her helicopter).
    She has no anti-ship missiles (apart from Sea Dart) and almost non existant anti-submarine capabilities should the Argentine navy send it’s three underwater boats out to play.
    This demonstrates that the Royal Navy needs multirole vessels for patrol tasks,not dedicated anti-aircraft destroyers and anti-submarine frigates.


  7. February 12, 2010 12:45 pm


    I note I typed LHA not LHD. Whoops…….

  8. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 12, 2010 9:52 am

    Really, one of many superb pics from Cobra Gold 2010. Just punch in “THAILAND” in the USN photo page!

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    February 12, 2010 9:48 am

    Here is the full caption:

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the Royal Thai navy medium landing ship HTMS Surin (LST 722), the Republic of Korea navy tank landing ship Seongin Bong (LST 685), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) transit in formation in the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taurean Alexander/Released)

  10. February 12, 2010 8:21 am

    One is a Go Jun Bong class…

  11. February 12, 2010 8:14 am

    What class are the small landing ships abaft the LHA?

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