Taiwanese Navy -The US may be asked by Taiwan to sell it the 4 Kidd-class guided missile destroyers, as replacements for its Gearing-class destroyers. The Kidd’s would help Taiwan counter China’s new Russian-made Sovremenny- class destroyers and Kilo-class submarines.
Indian Navy – The Indian Navy has just commissioned a new guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, and a new guided missile corvette, INS Kirch.
US Navy – The US Navy (and US military) is in for some big changes from the Bush administration — but no one knows just what those changes will entail???
US Navy – The commission investigating the attack on the USS Cole has issued its report, finding no one to blame for the incident.
US Navy – Newport News Shipbuilding has come under attack for failing to keep costs down on Navy contracts.
US Coast Guard – The US Coast Guard is assisting in the clean up of the oil spill off the Galapagos Islands.
Russian Navy – Further analysis by academics of seismic data from the Kursk lends credence to the theory that an explosion, not a collision with another submarine, is what sunk the Kursk.
Pakistan Navy – the Pakistani Navy is looking to acquire nuclear weapons for its fleet to provide a counterbalance against a larger and stronger Indian Navy.
Pakistani Navy – The Pakistani Navy will acquire 1 and construct 3 warships from China over the next decade. They will also develop Gawadar Port on the Makran coast in Baluchistan as an alternatiive to the main seaport Karachi, which is vulnerable to Indian warships.
US Navy – An update on the DD-21 program, which is moving forward towards selection of a final design and builder.
Royal Navy – A breakdown of which ships in the Royal Navy currently use depleted uranium ammunition.
US Navy – A sailor aboard the Trident submarine USS Alaska has been charged with sabotage.
Russian Navy – Two Russian warships will visit the Indian Ocean for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union, and visit the International Fleet Review in Mumbai.
East Asian Background – A number of East Asian navies – such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore – are acquiring submarines to guard their coastlines and shipping lanes. The submarine’s stealthy nature and tremendous firepower are its main selling points.
Royal Navy – A look at how the shipbuilding industry in the UK is undergoing a profound change in order to become more efficient.
Chilean Navy – The Chilean Navy is monitoring the passage of a British ship off its coast which is carrying nuclear waste from France to Japan.
Turkish Navy – Exerercise Reliant Mermaid III is occurring in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, between the Turkish, Israeli, and US navies. The exercise shows the strong alliances that exist between the 3 countries.
US Navy – The US Navy is set to limit port calls, to protect against terrorism.
Royal Navy – The controversy over depleted uranium ammunition continues, with the Royal Navy phasing out its use as the ammuntion is no longer made for its Phalynx Close In Weapons Systems.
Background – Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons – A historical background on DU weapons – why they were developed and what their side effects are.
Royal Australian Navy – The US Navy has taken a keen interest in the Collins-class attack submarines, now that the bugs in them are being ironed out. Meanwhile, their Swedish designer has lodged a protest with Australia, claiming the Australians are improperly sharing the boat’s secrets with the US.
US Navy – The next mission of the stealth test ship Sea Shadow – to test new technologies for the DD-21 class.
US Navy – A description of the mission of the Acoustical Research Detachment in Idaho, which develops techniques for submarine quieting
Russian Navy – The Russian Navy will cruise to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and Mediterranean Sea this year.
Background – Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) – A cogent description of what LFAS is, and why it may be harmful to marine mammals.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy was attempting to purchase Squall high speed torpedoes from the Russian Navy, on behalf of the US. It appears that this may have involved Edmond Pope.
Indian Navy – The Indian defence minister states that India must devote more resources to its navy, to help it defend its sea borders.
Now that last year’s bookeeping is out of the way, it’s time to return to the news???
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Indian Navy – The Indian Navy has been criticized for delaying modernization of its sole aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
US Navy – How the US Navy is convincingly making the case it needs to increase the number of nuclear attack submarines it has.
World Naval Operational News Highlights for 2000
- Several recurring themes were identified in this year’s naval news stories:
The most professional combined arms operation of the year was the deployment of British forces to Sierra Leone to attempt to restore stability to the country.
The only ship-to-ship combat of the year was between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Tamil Tigers.
The most intriguing naval news story of the year is whether or not Israel has developed a sea based nuclear deterrent in the form of nuclear tipped cruise missiles on its new Dolphin-class submarines.
The most strategically significant naval news story of the year is the possibility that the US may have to turn its base on Diego Garcia back over to the native Chagos islanders who were unlawfully evicted from the island in the 1960’s.
The most narrowly averted naval disaster of the year was the serious problem found in the cooling system of the nuclear reactor on the Royal Navy’s nuclear attack submarines.
The most tragic naval news stories of the year was the sinking of the Russian nuclear attack submarine Kursk with the loss of all hands, and the terrorist attack on the guided missile destroyer USS Cole with heavy loss of life.
The most bizarre naval news story of the year was the construction of a midget submarine in the mountains of Columbia, to be used by drug smugglers, with assistance from Russian nationals.
The most humorous naval operation of the year was the sight of the Canadian Navy undertaking an operation to recapture Canadian Army equipment from a transport ship’s crew which was holding it hostage in order to be reimbursed for its transport from Kosovo to Canada.
And finally, the naval news story of the year with the most potential long term significance was the unsuccessful attempt of Argentinians to sue the British government over the sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano in the Falklands War. Will the wars of the future be refought in the court room, rather than in the simulator room?
- Iraq’s successful attempts to circumvent the United Nations
economic sanctions on the exporting of oil.
- The crisis in readiness, especially in the navies of the United
States, United Kingdom, Russia, and Canada.
- Piracy in the South China Sea.
- The standoff in the Taiwanese Straits between Taiwan and China.
- Ship handling accidents in the United States Navy.
- The ascendency of Indian Navy.
- Territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea, such as the Spratly Islands.
- Support for Operations Other Than War including the Royal Navy and French Navy in Mozambique
and Madagascar, the Royal Navy in Sierra Leone, and the Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy in the Solomon Islands.
Yesterday I reread all of NOSI, in preparation for writing a year-end summary. I came across the following two stories, which due to typos were not linked correctly and therefore could not be read. I therefore resubmit them to you for your reading pleasure???
Russian Navy – A fascinating seismic analysis of the Kursk’s explosions from Terry Wallace and Dr. Keith Koper at the University of Arizona, which estimates the force of the explosion to be between 0.5 and 1 ton. I am grateful to Micha Schellingerhout from the Netherlands for sharing this!
Royal Navy – it has been discovered that HMS Tireless, the Trafalgar-class nuclear attack submarine currently docked in Gibraltar awaiting repairs, was much closer to a meltdown of its nuclear reactor than was previously admittted.
NOSI Statistics for 2000
NOSI was launched on February 18, 2000.
In 2000, there were news stories linked to on 208 / 318 days – that is on 65% of the days.
In 2000, NOSI linked to 567 news stories. On December 31, 2000, each link was
checked to see if it was still working. 139 / 567 links, or 25% were
The news stories linked to covered the operational activities of 32 navies:
United States – 178 stories
Russia – 77 stories
United Kingdom – 74 stories
India – 44 stories
Canada – 22 stories
Australia – 21 stories
China – 16 stories
France – 15 stories
Taiwan – 14 stories
Sri Lanka – 13 stories
Indonesia – 8 stories
Japan – 8 stories
Nigeria – 6 stories
South Africa – 6 stories
Iran – 5 stories
New Zealand – 4 stories
Israel – 4 stories
Columbia – 4 stories
Pakistan – 3 stories
Phillipines – 3 stories
Suriname – 2 stories
Malaysia – 2 stories
Brazil – 2 stories
Ukraine – 2 stories
Mauritania – 1 story
North Korea – 1 story
Portugal – 1 story
Poland – 1 story
Turkey – 1 story
Uruguay – 1 story
Yugoslavia – 1 story
South Korea – 1 story
???and 26 Background new stories
In 2000, 18,205 pages of information were read on NOSI by 8,612 users.
Two good (and long) ways to end the year???
Background – Amphibious Warfare- A rather long-winded essay on the state of the art in amphibious warfare.
US Navy – ???and a four year old report that is still relavent – life aboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Florida.
Indian Navy – INS Sindhushastra, the first Indian submarine capable of firing Klub anti-shipping
cruise missiles, has arrived in India.
South African Navy – The South African Navy’s first tactical exercise in many years, performed with the German Navy, has taught it many valuable lessons.
South African Navy – The South African Navy will acquire three Class 209 Type 1400 MOD submarines from Germany, to complement the purchase of four Meko A200 patrol corvettes..
French Navy – the French Navy has placed an order for 2 multipurpose amphibious warfare ships to replace the Orage and Ouragan. These ships will be similar to US Navy LHAs/LHDs.
US Marines Through emerging concepts like Operational Maneuver from the Sea and Ship-to-Objective Maneuver, the US Marines are expanding their expeditionary reach.
Background: The World in 2015 – A summary of the CIA’s Global Trends 2015 report, on what the world will look like in 15 years, and what threats the US will face.
Indian Navy – While indigineous attempts to build a nuclear submarine are still a dream, India may attempt to again lease a nuclear submarine from Russia in order to perserve its nuclear know-how.
Chinese Navy – A well reasoned essay on why the Chinese can never successfully invade Taiwan.
Russian Navy – The Russian Navy has started shakedown tests on its 13th Akula-class nuclear attack submarine.
Canadian Navy HMCS Charlottetown will join the Truman battle group for its 6 month deployment, the 3rd time a Canadian vessel has served as an integrated member of a US battle group
US Navy – A review of Navy Secretary Danzig’s contributions.
Indian Navy – The Indian Navy will be setting up a Far Eastern Command, to aid its operations within the Indian Ocean.
Brazilian Navy – The Oberon-class submarine Tonelero sank at its moorings apparently due to a valve malfunction in the hydraulic system .
Royal Navy – It will take 12 months to repair all of the Royal Navy’s nuclear attack submarines which have cracks in their reactor piping.
Royal Australian Navy – The US has threatened to downgrade military co-operation with Australia if European companies obtain an ownership stake in the Australian Submarine Corporation.
French Navy – The French government has confirmed that the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle’s propellers were poorly made.
US Navy – US Navy ships have resumed making short port calls in the Persian Gulf.
US Navy – The USS Harry S Truman canceled a port visit to Naples, Italy after a terrorist threat was made to the base.
US Navy – A review of the accomplishments of departing Navy Secretary Richard Danzig over the last 2 years.