Royal Navy – HMS Illustrious and escorts passed through the Suez Canal Monday.
US Navy – The USS Essex amphibious ready group has sailed from Japan.
Background – The US will use former Soviet bases in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Background – Is Iraq the true target?
Background – History – Thoughts from military history John Keegan on how the Taliban can be defeated.
Background – Looks like there is strategic as well as tactical thinking going on???
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – The Japanese Prime Minister has pledged the assistance of the JMSDF in any military operation against terrorists.
US Navy – The USS Kitty Hawk has set sail; presumeably for the Gulf. That makes for 4 carriers either in the Persian Gulf or on their way towards it.
Background – Heavy weekend reading on the difficulties of gathering intelligence on asymetric threats.
NOSI is taking the weekend off and will be updated again on Monday.
US Navy – Possible scenarios for the deployment of US special forces troops that would rely heavily on US Navy support. Meanwhile, USAF aircraft are on the move.
US Coast Guard – A look at port security in the Hampton Roads area.
US Navy – The USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier battle group and USS Bataan amphibious ready group have set sail.
Royal Navy – A very large naval taskforce, including HMS Illustrious, HMS Ocean, HMS Fearless, HMS Trafalgar and 3 Commando Brigade are steaming towards an exercise off Oman and would be available for operations against Afghanistan if required.
US Navy – Aboard the USNS Comfort.
US Coast Guard – The Coast Guard continues to heighten security around Navy ships on both coasts.
Royal Australian Navy – The RAN still cannot convince the refugees aboard HMAS Manoora to disembark at Nauru.
US Navy – US military preparations for retaliation continue.
US Navy – The USS Cole has been relaunched.
Royal Australian Navy – The frigate HMAS Anzac has been asked to stay in the Persian Gulf.
US Navy – Is it time to reconsider the role of VSTOL and STOVL aircraft on conventional aircraft carriers?
US Coast Guard – The Coast Guard has called up reserves to beef up security at US naval bases.
US Marines – US Marines in the USS Peleliu amphibious ready group are exercising off East Timor.
US Marines – Have US troops already landed in Pakistan?
Sri Lankan Navy – The Tamil Sea Tigers unsuccessfully attacked a Sri Lankan Navy troop ship.
US Navy – The USNS Comfort docked at Pier 92 in New York City Friday, and will serve as a lodging facility for disaster recovery personnel. The ship will provide housing, laundry, food, medical and other services to volunteers and rescue personnel.
US Navy – Possible military options are beginning to emerge, including cruise missile attacks followed by saturation bombing followed by special operations raids.
Background – The Taliban – Dealing with Pakistan, the Taliban, and Bin Laden will be extremely complex; all three are deeply intertwingled as shown in these excellent lengthy essays. Required reading for understanding the complexity of the challenges the US faces.
This New Yorker essay is an excellent biography of Bin Laden.
This Atlantic essay, from Robert Kaplan, gives tremendous insight into the ungovernable state of Pakistan today.
A Pakistani journalist who has covered the Taliban for years gives his insight into them.
An essay from Janes’ on how this all came to be???
An essay from a senior BBC correspondent on how the Taliban may act.
Background – Possible military strategies for the US. Excellent essays by Col Ralph Peters, USA (ret) who advocates hunting the terrorists down and killing them, the military historian John Keegan who points out there is much to be learned from Lords Roberts’ march against the Afghans in 1878, and The Economist.
US Navy – The hospital ship USS Comfort has arrived off of New York City.
US Navy – The US is calling up a large number of reservists.
???coming tomorrow an in-depth look at the Taliban???
US Navy – The USS Comfort should arrive off New York City today.
Israeli Navy – The Israeli Navy will be selling its used Gal-class submarines to Thailand.
US Navy – While the Navy has deployed itself, it has yet to receive orders to participate in any rescue mission or salvage efforts.
Royal Australian Navy – A new group of 237 illegal immigrants has been intercepted on their way towards Australia and have been placed aboard HMAS Manoora.
Chinese Navy – An essay from the journal Parameters, on how China could launch a surprise attack on Taiwan.
US Navy – Here is the latest involving the US Navy. The carriers USS John F. Kennedy and USS George Washington are steaming towards New York City and Washington DC. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading out to sea from Norfolk. The hospital ship USS Comfort is preparing to sail from Baltimore. On the West Coast, the USS John Stennis battlegroup is at sea. In the Persian Gulf, the USS Enterprise has been told to hold on station to assist the USS Carl Vinson if action is needed.
Background – The views of military historian John Keegan???
???in other news???
Royal Australian Navy – Australia’s courts have ruled that the refugees currently on HMAS Manoora which is steaming toward Nauru, have the right to land in Australia instead.
US Navy – The US Navy has rescued the crew of a burning tanker smuggling oil in the Persian Gulf.
US Navy – The Atlantic fleet is sailing from Norfolk. The Navy has activated the hospital ship USS Comfort this morning, and the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, has dispatched the aircraft carriers USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) to New York City and Washington DC to provide air defense and humanitarian relief.
Flash traffic – multiple terrorist attacks have occured against the World Trade Center and Pentagon – see the BBC and CNN for breaking news
US Navy – The USS Constellation’s returns from her latest cruise which included enforcing the southern no-fly zone over Iraq and exercising in the Taiwan Straits with the USS Carl Vinson.
US Navy – Senator Kennedy, chairman of the Armed Services Committees sea power subcommittee, believes the US Navy needs to build more ships.
US Navy – US Navy aircraft from the USS Carl Vinson have attacked surface-to-air missile sites in Iraq again.
Royal Navy – HMS Ark Royal’s recently completed refit was substantial, and will allow her to operate Merlin and Sea King helicopters as well as Sea Harriers and RAF Harriers.
US Navy – The USS Greenville was slightly damaged during docking maneuvers in Saipan harbor.
US Navy – Will the DD-21 program suffer the same fate of the Seawolf program and put the destroyer ship building infrastructure in danger?
Royal Navy – The Royal Navy is engaged in anti-drug patrol in the Caribbean.
US Navy – The USS Boxer rescued crewman from a sinking fishing trawler.
US Navy – An essay arguing that engagement is the best policy for dealing with the Chinese military today and in the future.
Chinese Navy – The former Russian aircraft carrier Varyg has received permission to transit the Bosporus Strait and be towed to China. What use will the Chinese Navy make of it?
US Marine Corps – What the Commandant of the Marine Corps thinks the defense review should mean to the Marine Corps.
Russian Navy – A detailed look at the plans for raising the Kursk.
Royal Navy – The Royal Navy task force in exercise Argonaut 2001 will use Internet technology to aid communications.
Chinese Navy – The Chinese Navy is practicing coordinated air, sea, and subsurface attacks against US aircraft carriers.
Canadian Navy – The transfer of the Upholder-class conventionally powered attack submarines from the Royal Navy to Canada is taking longer than planned.
US Navy – Defense contractors and their lobbyists play a tremendous role in shaping our military force.
Royal Australian Navy – The asylum seekers have been transferred from the Norwegian freighter to the troop carrier HMAS Manoora which will take them to Papau New Guinea from where they will fly to their final destinations in New Zealand and Nauru.
Royal Australian Navy – Meanwhile, Australia vows to more aggressively patrol its territorial waters, to halt future such incursions.
Background – US Defense Reform – Maybe the defense review is going exactly as planned???
Nigerian Navy – The Nigerian Navy is actively pursuing pirates in the Niger Delta.
Background – Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) – How Silicon Valley companies hope to influence RMA
US Navy – It is time to move past Vieques.
Royal Australian Navy – A solution to the refugee stalemate off Christmas Island.
Romanian Navy – The Romanian Navy is investigating acquiring two Type 22-class frigates from the Royal Navy.
US Marine Corps – The similarities between the introduction of the helicopter in 1947 and the MV-22 Osprey in 2001 into the Marine Corps.
Royal Australian Navy – Continued standoff between Australia and the Norwegian ship with several hundred refugees onboard. An Australian frigate is on its way to the scene, off Christmas Island.
US Navy – The US Navy is using the Web to help it defend against terrorist attacks.
Royal Navy – The first Mk. 8 Mod I 4.5 inch guns have been installed on Royal Navy ships.
Royal Australian Navy – Royal Australian Navy high speed patrol boats have transported SAS troops to a Norwegian ship carrying over 400 refugees in order to ask it to sail out of Australian territorial waters.
US Navy – Recycling warships, in an environmentally conscious manner, becomes a difficult task.
US Navy – Again, a US Navy ship has struck a whale.
US Navy – The US and China are in a struggle for supremacy in information warfare – this is the real background to the downing of the Navy EP-3 earlier this spring.
Royal Navy – The Royal Navy will attempt to make future sonars whale and dolphin friendly.
US Navy – It is both good and bad that the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark, was not named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
US Navy – The US and China are set to meet to negotiate a maritime conduct accord in order to avoid future incidents like the EP-3 affair.
Royal Marines – The Royal Marines are undergoing an amphibious renaissance.
Russian Navy – The salvage of the Kursk is being hampered by difficult weather. Meanwhile the Russian Navy wants to ensure that Western eyes do not see the Granit cruise missiles on board.
US Coast Guard – The cutter Sherman is the first Coast Guard cutter to circumnavigate the world.
US Navy – More information has been released on an ASW sensor that uses lasers to see beneath the waves.
US Navy – The latest summary on the US Navy’s low frequency active sonar work.