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June 25, 2010

The Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme (73) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010.

US Navy

CNO To The U.S. Navy: The Shipwreck Is Coming. More.

To Counter Chinese Attack Boats, Navy Must Think Small.

U.S. carrier group clears Suez Canal.

U.S. destroyer escorts British carrier.

USS Freedom Departs for RIMPAC 2010.

The Truman “armada:” Arglebargle or fooferaw?

New BIW ship honors Navy SEAL.


Warships of the World

Russia launches second battleship for India.

Russian warship makes rare S.F. appearance.

Russia To Strengthen Black Sea Fleet with 15 New Combat Ships and Subs.

New Zealand takes delivery of patrol ship.

New Zealand Navy makes first US visit in decades.

Royal Navy’s Amphibious Task Group in USA for joint drills.

MP warns against ‘sea-blindness’ in maiden speech.


New Wars at Sea

Israel Navy probe of Gaza flotilla raid finds ‘planning and intel flaws’.

Dutch submarine boosts anti-piracy mission off Somalia coast.

The Plentiful Perils Of The Pirate Life.

Spanish patrol boat sparks Royal Navy security scare.

Maltese soldiers intercept pirates off Somalia.

Somali Pirates Remain A Challenge.


From the Navy Vaults

NATO MCM exercise finds live WWII mines. (NATO)

Maritime history: Battle of Heligoland Bight. (Helium)

The “primary function” of a navy…(World Affairs Board)

The Flower Class Corvette and WWII Royal Navy Forums.

Ex-Royal Navy officer says he has solved Holy Grail mystery. (24 Masti)

Man who sunk Belgrano to retire. (This is South Devon)

Replica of Ming Dynasty Taiwan warship to visit Xiamen. (What’s On Xiamen)

Students sail 1813 warship to Cleveland. (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette)

Portsmouth’s WW2 Dead – the Royal Navy (part 1). (Daly History Blog)

Heavy Seas Part 2. (Amazing Photography)

Canada’s wartime defence relied on fish boats. (Times Colonist)

John “Calico Jack” Rackham. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Women at Sea: Aboard Neptune’s Car. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)


18 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruby permalink
    September 25, 2010 5:31 pm

    Does anyone know if the Sea Flyer was sold at auction in June/July?!?! I’ve been trying to find it ever since!!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 28, 2010 9:17 am

    See the article “China’s anti-ship missiles may make India’s 2012 Gorshkov aircraft carrier unusable in war”. Source “” collection of maritime press clippings dated 6/6/2010.

  3. D. E. Reddick permalink
    June 26, 2010 6:14 pm


    I’ve been following these Med-centric naval developments a bit and it is interesting how both the French and Italians are working on things together (FREMM frigates plus AOR & AKE types) and also separately (LHDs & LHAs). There are several threads over at which offer good discussions about these developments and also some that do not seem to have made it into the news (as yet). The budgetary issues are real and the Italian armed forces may be about to undergo a real restructuring (given what I’ve been reading). These new ships might just be fine humanitarian relief platforms, but not so fine naval warships (for awhile).

    Italian navy new class of LHDs

    Italy To Get New Amphibious Ships

    France and Italy to jointly develop new class of logistic support ships

  4. June 26, 2010 4:33 pm

    Hello D. E. Reddick,

    the Italians were talking about large defence cuts recently,it is interesting that these ships have gotten the go-ahead.


  5. D. E. Reddick permalink
    June 26, 2010 12:07 pm

    The Italian Navy has received approval to build two LHDs and one LHA, with all three having 20,000 ton displacements. There certainly is a trend towards building gator capability amongst EU & NATO member navies.

    Aviation Week: Italy To Get New Amphibious Ships
    Jun 25, 2010
    By Andy Nativi

    The Italian navy has received the go-ahead to procure two 20,000-ton amphibious assault ships (LHDs), with the possibility of a third ship, configured with extensive aviation facilities (LHA).

    The preliminary LHD project is funded and will take 12 months for completion. It will be followed by a project definition phase requiring eight months and leading to a contract. Delivery of the first ship comes within 30 months after that. If everything goes to plan, the first LHD arrives in late 2014.

    LHDs will replace two 8,000-ton San Giorgio-class LPDs, commissioned in 1987 and 1988. The LHA will eventually replace the carrier Garibaldi, which is being dedicated to amphibious and helicopter roles now that the Cavour carrier is in service.

  6. elgatoso permalink
    June 26, 2010 4:19 am

    I think I made a mistake and copied all .You could delete some parts of it.

  7. elgatoso permalink
    June 26, 2010 4:17 am

    the Sea Flyer could be that one???Found in

    SES 200
    In 1984, the Navy procured a surface effect craft from Textron Marine Systems and had it lengthened to 160 feet, creating a 200-ton high length-to- beam ratio ship for research purposes. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships.

    On 06 November 1984 the Coast Guard accepted operational control from the Navy of the SES-200, a Surface Effect Ship, for five months of operations evaluations.

  8. CBD permalink
    June 26, 2010 1:15 am

    If anyone is near Baltimore, there are some interesting upcoming ship visits through the Sail Baltimore program, including the JMSDF vessels that are at SF Fleet Week. I happened upon the HMS Sutherland in port at Fells Point as I was leaving town a couple of weeks back.

    Some of the more interesting ships due:
    JMSDF training fleet
    USS Whidbey Island
    HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen

  9. Chuck Hill permalink
    June 25, 2010 9:37 pm

    Congrats Mike. Thanks for providing an interesting forum.

  10. D. E. Reddick permalink
    June 25, 2010 6:38 pm


    Things here at New Wars are certainly moving along at quite a quick clip. There have been over 1,000 hits in less than six hours this afternoon. It was nice to see 900,000 get passed earlier this afternoon. The count has now passed 901,000. You are definitely doing something right!

  11. Chuck Hill permalink
    June 25, 2010 6:06 pm

    Mike I think what you see as the center hull is actually the chute at the stern where the boat slid down.

  12. Mike Burleson permalink*
    June 25, 2010 4:50 pm

    CBD-Those are interesting!

    Says Sea Flyer is “an all aluminum catamaran type hull”. Looks much like a trimaran to me!

  13. CBD permalink
    June 25, 2010 4:38 pm

    Some interesting finds in the old piles of government scrap:
    A-37 Dragonfly airframe elements, scrap only
    IX-515 “Sea Flyer” HYSWAC (Former Navy Surface Effects Ship SES-200)

    Both for Sale via

  14. Mike Burleson permalink*
    June 25, 2010 3:03 pm

    Thanks Juramentado. Link is fixed now.

    D.E., it did!

  15. D. E. Reddick permalink
    June 25, 2010 1:24 pm

    New Wars has at this moment 899,995 hits. So, as I’m writing this I’m rather sure that another five hits have come along to raise that total to nine-hundred thousand.

    I predict that one million (1,000,000) hits on New Wars will be reached before the end of July.

  16. Juramentado permalink
    June 25, 2010 11:56 am

    @Chuck Hill – Formidable appears Formidable, but no point defense system?

  17. Juramentado permalink
    June 25, 2010 11:42 am

    TYPO ALERT: The article link “Spanish patrol boat sparks Royal Navy security scare.” is linked to the Haaretz article on the Israeli intelligence failure about the Gaza Flotilla. For interested readers, follow the link below to the UK Telegraph original article:

  18. Chuck Hill permalink
    June 25, 2010 10:40 am

    Love the Formidable class frigate pictured here. That is a LCS I could get behind.

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