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Petition: Stop the cuts to the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy's amphibious assault ships

Luke Pollard

This petition calls on the Government to stop cuts to Devonport-based HMS Albion & HMS Bulwark. There has been recent media speculation that the Government is considering scrapping the Royal Navy's entire amphibious assault capabilities and cut 1,000 Royal Marines. We want these cuts stopped. Read more...

 

Small Boats and Unmanned Surface Vessels: The Stop-gap the U.S. Navy Needs

Cris Lee

The United States Navy, given its mission of global power projection, requires a larger fleet of both personnel and vessels. As it stands, the number of vessels and sailors has generally decreased since 2001. In a congressional hearing, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Vice Admiral Bill Moran stated that considering its global obligations, the US Navy is far too small to carry out its mission effectively. Read more...

 

Djbouti: China's Regional Pivot

Colum Hawken

On the 11th of July, China announced the dispatch of personnel to oversee the opening of a military base in Djibouti, though the Chinese announcement referred to it as a “support base”. This is the first of China’s overseas bases, a departure from the previous model of investment in overseas ports and infrastructure. This prior system of development has been termed the String of Pearls by multiple analysts, and is made up of a series of bases stretching from China to Africa throughout the India Ocean. Therefore, the question should be asked, why Djibouti? Read more...

History of Airpower Series – Paper 3 – Battle of the Atlantic Versus the Strategic Air Offensive over Germany: was the Second World War Prolonged Unnecessarily?

Dr. Anthony J. Cumming

Last year (2013) marked the 70th anniversary of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest running continuous campaign of the Second World War. These operations were fought by the Allies with the objectives of securing supply lines and imposing a naval blockade on the Axis powers. Spilling into adjacent waters as diverse as the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the battles were fought by men and ships of the Royal Navy; Royal Navy Patrol Service; Merchant Navy; Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy against the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe... Read more

 

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