– The Atlantic – Robert D. Kaplan on how a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise
– Indian Navy – Indian Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials Postponed Until June – Sea trials of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier being overhauled for the Indian navy at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia have been postponed until the beginning of June.
– Daily Telegraph – The ”largest and most powerful warship” ever built for the Royal Navy has achieved another milestone as a massive section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left port.
– US Naval War College’s Strategic Research Department Weekly Maritime News Survey – This is a great naval news source I just learned of, which is updated each Monday.
Thanks to Jim for the link!
– Daily Telegraph – The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship takes up her post today.
– The Scotsman – An independent Scotland will lose all its Royal Navy contracts, UK ministers have confirmed, in a move which would put 16,000 jobs at risk along with the country’s entire shipbuilding industry. The coalition government warned that if Scotland becomes a “foreign country”, defence contractors could no longer use Scottish yards in their bids.
– AOL Defense – Google will soon make public information about virtually every ship at sea, giving the current location and identity even of American warships. Meanwhile, the company is consulting with the Navy and others about security issues.
– Wired – No one really understands the Navy and the Air Force’s new blueprint for dominating Earth’s seas and skies. But what’s increasingly clear, even to the heads of both the Navy and the Air Force, is that there’s a big challenge ahead for it, one that doesn’t have anything to do with an adversary like China: getting U.S. ships, subs, planes and drones to actually talk to one another.
– Wall Street Journal – When a suicide bomber struck a convoy in Afghanistan, a routine Marine patrol turned into a harrowing firefight. Michael M. Phillips with an eyewitness account of bravery and tragedy in the confusion of war.
– The National – A private navy costing US$70 million (Dh257m) is being set up to escort merchant ships through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden. It will comprise a fleet of 18 ships, based in Djibouti, and will offer to convoy merchant vessels along the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC).
– Los Angeles Times – Israel buys a sixth German-made submarine. A navy officer explains why Israel’s military is looking increasingly to the seas.
– Royal Navy – Royal Navy ‘Top Gun’ pilots train to fly US fighters – British Royal Navy pilot Lt Dan Latham is walking out to his aircraft with his American colleague for a training mission that will see them fly through the cloudless skies for hundreds of miles over the desert on a practice bombing raid. Dan, from Ormskirk in Lancashire, is one of the lucky few chosen to fly with his American naval counterparts in the US for four years. The Royal Navy want to ensure the maritime flying skills of their pilots are maintained, until the new British aircraft carriers and the stealth fighter jets due to fly from them are ready.
– Defense News – France regretted the prospect of reduced cooperation with the British fleet air arm following London’s selection of the F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter, and hoped collaboration would continue.
– Reuters – U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.
– Associated Press – The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies.
– Associated Press – Top defense leaders argued Wednesday for the U.S. to ratify a long-debated treaty governing ocean rights in order to bolster the nation’s national security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and other key global waters.
– BBC – EU naval forces have conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the Somali mainland, saying they have destroyed several boats.
– Reuters – The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes.
– Daily Telegraph – A major retreat over aircraft for the Royal Navy’s new carriers will be announced today, abandoning plans to buy the conventional take-off version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will tell MPs that the Government will now purchase the jump-jet model of the plane instead.
– Aviation Week – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom is plagued by extensive corrosion and manufacturing issues more recent and serious than anything the Pentagon or prime contractor Lockheed Martin has publicly acknowledged thus far. This is based on a guided tour of the ship in dry dock, as well as sources intimately familiar with Freedom’s design, repairs and operations, U.S. Navy documents and defense analysts.
– Foreign Policy – Does the U.S. military have the resources for an Asian century?
– Associated Press – When a boat springs a leak, it’s often the Coast Guard to the rescue. But who rescues the Coast Guard when one its new ships does the same thing?
– Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy no longer has enough warships to dedicate one to fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia all year round, it was reported.
– Pacific Standard – Is an unassuming group of Chinese bloggers who are obsessed with military hardware doing the Pentagon’s work? Or Beijing’s?
– Defense Technology International – Most aircraft slated to go onto aircraft carries have to go through an electronic magnetic interference test that bathes the design in about 200 volts per meter. But the test platform for the Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) aircraft program, will have to endure 10 times the electronic stress. Undoubtedly that means the Navy wants a design for its unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft program that would be able to fire a permanently installed, rechargeable, anti-electronics weapon.