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US Navy – An EA-6B Prowler squadron’s members return from Afghanistan.

Russian Navy – The presence of ice on the Kursk is hindering its scrapping.

Royal Navy – An interview with First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh.

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US Navy – The USS Mount Whitney will participate in Exercise Strong Resolve 2002, an operation other than war exercise, in the Baltic.

US Navy – The top Pakistani general visited the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

US Navy – An overview of the capabilities of the upcoming LPD-17 class.

Background – Military Internet Use – James F. Dunnigan on why the Internet gives officers tasked with guarding operational security ulcers.

Background – Terrorism – A former CIA agent argues the only way to fight terrorism is with overwhelming force.

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German Navy – The German Navy’s largest deployment since World War II is taking place off the Horn of Africa in support of the war against terrorism.

US Navy – The US Navy has elected to purchase other things than new ships in its next budget.

Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – William Arkin on the threats faced by UAV’s from both friends and foes.

Background – Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – Just exactly who does have WMD?

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Indian Navy – India hopes to sign a lease with Russia for two nuclear submarines.

US Navy – The USS John F. Kennedy nearly collied with the oiler USS Leroy Grumman during underway replenishment operations.

US Marines – US Marines are helping to guard the Newport News ship yard.

Chinese Navy – The Chinese are about to test again their new sea-launched ballistic missile, the JL-2.

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US Navy – The airfield on Midway Island, currently run by a private company, may close.

US Marines – The US Marines helicopter fleet is rapidly reaching block obsolescence.

US Navy – The USS John F Kennedy will begin sea trials this week.

Background – Targeting – The ultimate goal – decrease the time from sensor to shooter to minutes, if not seconds???

Background – Turkey – How important is Turkey as an ally? Very important.

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US Marines – US Marines are participating in Exercise Edged Mallet in Kenya.

Royal Air Force – RAF Rescue helicopters rescued crewman from a number of sinking vessels during some fierce storms off of England.

Background – Enduring Freedom – A summary of Operation Enduring Freedom to date, from the US Air Force’s perspective. To read this article, you’d never know the US Navy was even involved. Always interesting to read the other service’s point of view!

Background – NATO – Thomas Friedman on how our NATO allies are becoming irrelevant to the US due to their antiquated military technology.

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Here is some leisurely Sunday reading material???

Background – Special Operations / Black Hawk Down – I have recently seen the movie “Black Hawk Down,” and I commend it to anyone who is interested in special operations. I suspect that this highly realistic movie is as close as one can come to experiencing a special operation short of actually being on one.

The situation in Somalia in 1993 is somewhat similar to the situation in Afghanistan today. The original mission in Somalia was humanitarian relief, that was changed to nation building which was opposed by hostile warlords. In Afghanistan the original mission was war, and it is now evolving into nation building, which is also being opposed by hostile warlords.

What lessons were learned in Somalia that can be applied to Afghanistan? Here are some articles on Somalia that supply the necessary background.

  • PBS Frontline documentary: Ambush in Mogadishu – The interviews with the key players in this documentary are fascinating reading for deriving lessons learned.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Black Hawk Down – This is the original newspaper series.

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US Navy – How US Navy ships can be defended against unconventional threats.

US Navy – A ship-based anti-ballistic missile system successfully completed a test firing.

Background – Afghanistan – James F Dunnigan on how the drug trade is more important that hunting al Qaeda members to many Pushtuns.

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US Coast Guard – The US Coast Guard needs faster patrol boats to keep up with its foes.

US Navy – The operations of the US Navy attack submarine force will again move into the black world.

Royal Air Force – Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft conversion work continues forward at a glacial pace.

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Royal New Zealand Navy – The Royal New Zealand Navy hopes to construct 3 new vessels: a multirole vessel capable of carrying troops and equipment, and two offshore patrol vessels. These 3 vessels will be built instead of a third new frigate.

Canadian Navy – Sabotage against Canadian Navy helicopters appears to be confined to only 1 aircraft.

US Navy – The John F. Kennedy’s air wing is perfoming its final predeployment workup, without its carrier.

Background – Afghanistan – Who exactly was lifted out of Afghanistan and into Pakistan when the Taliban collapsed in southern Afghanistan in December? An analysis of the politico-military situation inside Pakistan today.

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Royal Navy – A little gunboat diplomacy between the Royal Navy and the Spanish Coast Guard off Gibraltar.

Indian Navy – How the Indian Navy may obtain a nuclear strike capability.

US Navy – More details on the USS Greeneville’s collision with the USS Ogden.

US Navy – The US Navy’s senior leaders have been told to ask for more new shipbuilding funds.

Background – Terrorism – Thomas Friedman on how the West must begin to understand what is happening in its own backyard, in the chemical reaction between Western societies and their own mosques and Muslim diasporas.

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US Navy – The USS Greeneville has collided with the USS Ogden in the Arabian Sea.

US Navy – The crew of the USS John F. Kennedy are working hard to get ready to deploy.

Canadian Coast Guard – Canadians must do more to defend their shores against terrorism.

Background – Afghanistan – The current situation on the ground faced by special forces in Afghanistan, with commentary by the editor of Jane’s World Armies.

Background – Secretary Rumsfield – William Arkin argues the US Secretary of Defense has been more talk than action in terms of transforming the military over the last year.

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US Navy – Over the Arabian Sea, on patrol with US Navy P-3C Orions, looking for Al-Qaida members trying to flee Afghanistan by ship.

US Marines – What the Taliban’s caves looked like to the US Marines searching them.

US Navy – The USS Peleliu amphibious ready group will take a shore leave in Australia.

Background – Saudi Arabia – Has the time come for the US to leave Saudi Arabia?

Background – Cryptography – Why and how the balance of power has shifted between the codemakers and the codebreakers – and the national security implications of this.

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US Coast Guard – There are felt to be numerous terrorist targetson the Great Lakes, including locks, ports, and nuclear power plants.

Russian Navy – The disassembly of the Kursk continues.

US Navy – The USS John F Kennedy battlegroup will not go to sea until it is ready.

Canadian Navy – HMCS Halifax is on its way home from the Arabian Sea.

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Chinese Air Force – The Chinese are outfitting their Su-30 attack aircraft with antiship cruise missiles, thus giving their air force a more potent antiship strike capability.

US Merchant Marine – The Bush administration has admitted there is a huge shortage of US Merchant Marine sailors to man the Ready Reserve Force of merchant ships in time of war.

US Marines – The current plans to resume MV-22 Osprey flight testing.

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Russian Navy – The latest review of what is known about the Kursk incident, concluding that the explosion that sunk her came from within due to the volitility of the liquid hydrogen peroxide fuel used in its torpedoes. It asks: can this happen again?

Canadian Navy – At sea aboard HMCS Iroquois. The Canadian’s Sea King helicopters are performing suprisingly well.

US Navy – Siblings serving together aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Background – al Qaeda – An analysis of the leadership and management style of Osama Bin Laden, and how that has contributed to al Qaeda’s success.

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US Navy – The USS Peleliu amphibious ready group has been replaced by the USS Bon Homme Richard amphibious ready group in the Arabian Sea.

US Marines – The US Marines say the recent spate of helicopter crashes is not related to the chronic underfunding of maintenence that has plagued the services for the last few years.

Canadian Navy – At sea, aboard HMCS Vancouver.

US Navy – How coalition forces work in close concert in the Arabian Sea.

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Canadian Navy – Plans are being worked out to keep a Canadian Navy presence in the Arabian Sea until 2003.

Background – Ports – More on why US ports make tempting terrorist targets.

Background – Special Forces – More details on Special Forces operations in Afghanistan.

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Chinese Navy – China has ordered two additional Russian Sovremenny destroyers to augment the pair it deployed in late 2000.

US Navy – The maintainence woes aboard the USS John F. Kennedy are longstanding, and are the result of too little maintainence funding for too long.

US Navy – The US Navy is extensively using satellite communications capabilities based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Background – Afghanistan – James F. Dunnigan on how to get your way in Afghanistan – bribery.

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2001 World Naval Operational News Highlights

  • The biggest story this year was the huge role that US and allied navies have played in the war on terrorism.
  • Several recurring themes were identified throughout this year’s naval news stories, many of which persist from last year:
    • The continuing enforcement of economic sanctions and no-fly zones against Iraq, who remains able to successfully circumvent the economic sanctions on the exporting of oil.
    • The Russian Navy promising – and failing – to rebound from its doldrums, this year abandoning its base in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
    • Piracy in the South China Sea, which is worsening as Indonesia descends into anarchy.
    • The tension in the Taiwanese Straits between Taiwan and China.
    • Further consolidation of the US ship building industry.
    • The ascendency of the Indian Navy, demonstrated during this year’s International Fleet Review, and its suprising new alliance with the US Navy.
    • Territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea, such as the Spratly Islands, which is what the EP-3 was really investigating.
    • Clampdown on the entry of illegal immigrants into countries, evidenced by the aggressive actions of the Malaysian and Royal Australian navies.
    • Underfunding of the US Coast Guard, which was unable to meet its missions before September 11, let alone after that date.
    • The woes of the MV-22 Osprey, which is desperately needed to replace the US Marines aging rotary wing force.
    • Concern over the damaging effect that certain types of sonars have on marine mammals.
  • The most professional amphibious operation of the year was the landing of US Marine Expeditionary Units within Afghanistan, several hundred miles from the sea.
  • The only ship-to-ship combat of the year was between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Tamil Tigers; and the Japanese Coast Guard and the (presumed) North Korean Navy.
  • The most intriguing naval news story of the year was that US nuclear attack submarines continue to carry out clandestine intelligence missions to place taps on undersea fiber optics cables to intercept data traffic on them.
  • The most strategically significant naval news story of the year is the “coming out” of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force with its first overseas deployment outside Japan since World War II, and how it may serve in the future as a counter balance to the Chinese Navy.
  • The most technically significant naval news story this year was the rise of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and what its maritime applications will be, as demonstrated by the Global Hawk’s demonstration flight to Australia early in the year.
  • The most narrowly averted naval disaster of the year was the downing of the US Navy EP-3 intelligence aircraft by the Chinese Air Force, and the continuing harrassment of US intelligence aircraft since that incident.
  • The most tragic naval news story of the year was the accidental sinking of the Japanese fishing trawler by the USS Greeneville.
  • The most bizarre naval news story of the year was the inabilty of the Swedish Navy to go to sea for the last 7 months of the year because it had been banned from allowing its sailors to work overtime.
  • The most humorous naval news story of the year was the plight of the former Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag, which waited for years for permission to transit the Bosphorus Strait, and after doing so, broke its tow and went adrift for some distance in the Aegean before being successfully taken in tow again.
  • The most technically impressive naval news story of the year was the raising of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk from the sea bed and her return to port for scrapping.
  • The quietest naval story of the year was the cancelation of the US Navy’s DD-21 class destroyers. This program seemed to have no clear supporters to oppose its cancelation.
  • The non-story of the year was the US defense review, which never reached any solid conclusions are resulted in any definite plans.
  • And finally, the naval news story of the year with the most potential long term significance was the dangerous overemphasis placed on avoiding collateral damage when making targeting decisions in Afghanistan by the US. What targets were missed in the name of “safety?”

Statistics
In 2001, there were news stories linked to on 311 / 365 days – that is on 85% of the days.

In 2001, NOSI linked to 1,077 articles covering 916 news stories.

The news stories linked to covered the operational activities of 43 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

United States – 396 stories
United Kingdom – 75 stories
Russia – 54 stories
Australia – 30 stories
India – 29 stories
Canada – 21 stories
Taiwan – 20 stories
China – 14 stories
Japan – 12 stories
France – 9 stories
Malaysia – 9 stories
Sri Lanka – 6 stories
South Korea – 6 stories
Pakistan – 5 stories
Phillipines – 5 stories
Israel – 4 stories
Iran – 3 stories
Italy – 3 stories
Indonesia – 3 stories
Singapore – 3 stories
New Zealand – 3 stories
Turkey – 2 stories
Romania – 2 stories
Tamil Sea Tigers – 2 stories
Egypt – 2 stories

Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Ghana, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Nigeria, North Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela – 1 story

???and 117 Background news stories

In 2001, 92,436 pages of information were read on NOSI by 39,079 users.

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US Marines – The US Marines have turned over their base at Kandahar airport to the 101st Airborne Division.

US Navy – The Carl Vinson battlegroup is returning home.

Royal Australian Navy – Should the RAN be given sole responsibilty for rescue of asylum-seekers in Australian waters?

Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – Defense contractors are bullish on the future prospects of UAVs.

Background – CIA – More on the CIA’s growing military capability and its use in the war on terrorism.

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US Navy – A US Navy EP-3 intelligence aircraft was again intercepted at close range by Chinese Air Force aircraft.

US Navy – The US Navy has been criticized for doing little to transform itself in the last year, in comparison to the US Army and US Air Force.

NATO – The NATO Submarine Rescue System design process is moving forward.

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Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy is willing to keep a contingent in the Arabian Sea indefinitely.

US Navy – Additional repairs to the USS John F Kennedy that are needed to bring her up to operational conditions may lengthen the stay of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in theater.

US Navy – More on how aircraft carriers have justified their continuing existence due to the war against terror.

Background – Targeting – William Arkin on how, in an effort to do everything possible to minimize civilian casualities, the US has been fighting the air war in Afghanistan with one arm tied behind its back.

Background – Supergun – The saga of the Iraqi Supergun continues – do they or don’t they have one?

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Canadian Navy – Life aboard the Canadian Navy supply ship HMCS Preserver in the Arabian Sea.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Chief of Naval Operations stated that more money is needed to allow the Navy to continue to do its job properly.

US Marines – The new Marine camouflage pattern is now being issued.

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US Marines – Life at Kandahar airport appears to not be very safe for US Marines – there are suspicions of tunnel complexes running through the airport and Marines fear they will soon come under attack.

US Marines – US Marines are hunting cave complexes in Eastern Afghanistan.

Canadian Navy – Canadian CP-140 Auroras are on patrol in the Arabian Sea.

US Marines – US special forces, including Navy SEALs and Marines, have landed in the Phillipines to aid the Phillipine government’s fight against Islamic terrorists.