Navy – NOSI – Naval Open Source Intelligence ¦ Navy News

Canadian Navy – What life is like aboard Canada’s Upholder-class submarines – a cruise aboard HMCS Windsor told in text, audio, and video.

Canadian Navy – All 4 Upholder-class submarines have problems with faulty diesel exhaust valves.

US Navy – F-14 Tomcats are not being allowed to be launched by catapult until their nose wheel assemblies are inspected for corosion.

Royal Marines – The Royal Marines are performing humanitarian duties while patroling in Afghanistan.

Malaysian Navy – Malaysia has formally signed a deal to purchase Scorpene-class submarines from France.

US Navy – An essay by the Chief of Naval Operations on what the US Navy needs to look like in the future.

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Russian Navy – More fragments of the Kursk’s bow were recovered today.

Thai Navy – More on the border tensions between Thailand and Myanmar.

US Navy – Why the tactical component network (TCN) outperforms the cooperative engagement capability (CEC) – and why CEC will be funded and TCN will not.

Background – Kashmir – William Arkin’s analysis of the possibility of nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

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Indian Navy – India may acquire HMS Invincible along with her Sea Harriers.

Burmese Navy – Burmese warships are patrolling waters off Song, Lam, Khan and Khinok islands, the site of outstanding border disputes with Thailand.

Nigerian Navy – Nigeria continues its war against oil poachers.

US Marines – Thomas Ricks on how the US Marines first official report on the war in Afghanistan criticizes the US military from leading from the rear – that is, running the war from Central Command’s HQ in Tampa, Florida. The Marines argue that the HQ should be in theater.

Background – Information Warfare – James Bamford on whether the NSA is up to the tasks facing it in the war on terrorism.

US Coast Guard – A detailed review of the role the Coast Guard plays in homeland defense.

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Royal Marines – A woman is allowed to join the logistic ranks of the Royal Marines, for the first time.

Pakistani Navy – Pakistan’s navy says it can defend Pakistan from India’s navy.

Russian Navy – The salvage of the Kursk’s bow is underway.

Royal Navy – HMS Portland has stopped an Iraqi ship trying to smuggle oil out of Iraq.

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Royal Marines – Royal Marines have taken up blocking positions along the Pakistan – Afghanistan border in Operation Buzzard.

US Navy – What the US Navy hopes to get out of next year’s budget.

US Marines – The new role of the Marines’ reserve division artillery regiment – to be corps-level artillery.

NOSI will take a short break and will publish next on Monday. See you then.

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Indian Navy – The strategy behind the Indian Navy’s deployment off the port of Karachi – bottle up Pakistan from a naval and economic perspective.

US Navy – US has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to allow the fueling and servicing of its ships and aircraft in Sri Lanka.

US Navy – The USS John Stennis battlegroup returns home, after a tour in the Arabian Sea.

Indian Navy – India expresses interest in purchasing the Royal Navy’s Sea Harriers.

US Marines – The Marines are experimenting successfully with the WestPac Express, a high-speed vessel (HSV), used to support the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa.

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Royal Navy – The new Astute-class nuclear attack submarines will be based at Faslane.

Indonesian Navy – Indonesia will upgrade the engineering plants of a number of its warships, it is also beginning humanitarian relief exercises this week with the US Navy.

Taiwanese Navy – Taiwan is searching for the black boxes from the 747 that crashed off the Straits of Taiwan.

Background – Weapons of Mass Destruction – William Arkin on how the Bush Administration is now fighting Cold War #2 – against weapons of mass destruction.

Background – Nuclear Weapons – A well written essay on what the threat is from nuclear weapons or radiological weapons, with a number of scenarios.

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US Navy – The story of what happened when a SEAL team insertion went wrong during the early phases of Operation Anaconda. The pitched ground battle that ensued is similar to “Blackhawk Down” – call it “Chinook Down.”

Canadian Navy – What Canada’s CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft have been up to in the Gulf.

Royal Navy – The Royal Navy’s new carriers will be too large to dock at its main base at Portsmouth.

Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – James F. Dunnigan with a nice history of UAVs.

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Royal Navy – The Royal Navy has been tasked with helping to prevent the flow of illegal immigrants into England.

US Marines – Personal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are being developed by the Marines.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Shoup, a new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

US Navy – The USS Dolphin has been towed back to port.

US Navy – The information technology involved in building the Joint Strike Fighter.

US Navy – A more detailed explanation of the SEALs restructuring.

Background – William Arkin – A nice description of analyst William Arkin, whose writings I link to regularly. Meet the person behind the opinions.

Background – Iraq – Thomas Ricks on how the Pentagon is lobbying to push back or cancel the invasion of Iraq.

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US Navy – Submarine rescue exercise Sorbet Royal 2002 is taking place off of Denmark.

US Navy – More on the fire aboard the USS Dolphin

Royal Marines – The Royal Marines have engaged in their first firefight in Afghanistan.

French Navy – The aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle is exercising with the Saudi Navy.

US Navy – An essay on how the US Navy is transforming itself.

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Indian Navy – India is preparing for war with Pakistan over Kashmir, part of the preparation involves shifting 5 naval vessels to its west coast.

US Navy – The research submarine USS Dolphin has caught fire at sea. The crew have been safely evacuated, the sub’s fate is uncertain.

Royal Navy – Spare parts for Royal Navy Sea King helicopters are in short supply.

US Navy – The Pentagon wants to make future robots more like biological systems.

Indonesian Navy – Indonesia is stepping up naval patrols to cut down on piracy and clashing amongst fisherman.

Nigerian Navy – ???while the Nigerian Navy is also interceding to break up hostilities amongst fisherman.

Thai Navy – Thailand has fired its first Harpoon surface-to-surface missile.

Royal Marines – Simon Jenkins with a reasonable overview of the Royal Marines’ trials and tribulations in Afghanistan.

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Editorial Note – New URL for NOSI – Effective immediately, NOSI has a new, shorter, and easier to remember address:

The old NOSI address ( will continue to work for the forseeable future, and will be the address you will continue to see on your screen. I will warn you when it no longer works. In the meantime, feel free to use and publicise and to update your bookmarks and links.

US Navy – Is Fleet Week in New York City a terrorist target?

Singaporean Navy – Singapore and Thailand are holding a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea.

Canadian Navy – Canada is likely to loose its indigineous warship construction capability.

Canadian Navy – Canada’s Sea King helicopters have no useful self-defense capability.

Royal Australian Navy – ???while Australia is unhappy with the 40 year-old SH-2 Seasprite helicopters that it is acquiring.

US Navy – A fascinating behind-the-scenes look by James Fallows at the Joint Strike Fighter competition that explains how Lockheed won the contract from Boeing.

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Canadian Navy – Aboard Canada’s CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft, on fisheries patrol.

Royal Marines – John Keegan on the sad fate of the Royal Marine’s commander in Afghanistan – he is being savaged by New Labour’s spin doctors.

US Navy – Project Minuteman, an attempt by the Office of Naval Research to deploy intelligent, networked sensing agents in battlefield conditions to gather intelligence and carry out attacks.

Background – Transformation – William Arkin on the poor job the US Secretary of Defense has done on explaining what makes a weapon system transformational and worth funding, and what makes a weapons system non-transformational and not worth funding.

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Canadian Navy – A navy, like an army, fights on its stomach???

Indonesian Navy – Why Indonesia sent 6 warships to East Timor this week.

Royal Marines – The continued trials and tribulations of the Royal Marines.

US Marines – A review of the MV-22 Osprey program.

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Editorial Note – It is not my practice to cover army or air force open source intelligence. However, I will from time to time link to articles that give insight into army or air force operations and the lessons learned from them that may have applicability to future navy or marine operations. Hence, the article about the 101st Airborne’s patroling in Afghanistan on Friday, and the article below on Bosnia.

US Army – A long and well-written essay on peacekeeping in Bosnia with the US Army 3rd Infantry Division. The essay makes two interesting points. First, it illustrates how difficult it is to do peacekeeping well, and how the US could do it better. Second, it shows how the US Army is not an expeditionary force, and how much the US Army could learn from the US Marines about expeditionary forces. It is going to be very difficult to get buy-in from the US Army for the Medium Combat Brigades. (note that this article was written just before 9/11)

Indonesian Navy – Indonesia has sent its navy in a tactless show of force to the East Timor Independence celebrations.

Taiwanese Navy – Taiwanese legislators do not want to purchase Kidd-class destroyers from the US.

Indian Navy – The Indian Navy is on high alert against terrorist threats.

US Coast Guard – The US Navy and US Coast Guard are engaged in Operation Noble Eagle, the coastal patrol and maritime homeland security operation around the United States.

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RAF – RAF helicopters are standing by to the evacuate passengers from a ferry in the North Sea that has had 2 fires on board.

Royal Marines – The Royal Marines are operating again in the field, in Operation Condor

Iranian Navy – Iran has purchased high-speed catamaran missile patrol boats from China.

Royal Navy – How the UK may build its new aircraft carriers – in modules.

Chinese Navy – China’s first naval port of call on their around the world cruise – Singapore.

Chinese Navy – China will start another large exercise across the straits from Taiwan.

Taiwanese Navy – Taiwan successfully tested a Hsiungfeng II surface to surface missile.

Merchant Shipping – How the war on terrorism could change the shape of shipping by changing the concept of “flags of convenience” for merchant ships.

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Chinese Navy – The Chinese Navy has embarked on its first global circumnavigation.

US Navy – The US is considering opening a naval gunnery and bombing range in Eritrea.

US Navy – The US Navy is developing ways to make submarine propellers more quickly.

Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy is short of personnel, it will therefore be able to maintain 3 ships in the Arabian Gulf indefinitely.

US Marines – The current state of Marine aviation.

Royal Marines – Royal Marine operations in Afghanistan are on hold, after the SAS who serve as their recon troops are quarantined after the outbreak of a mystery illness at their base.

US Army – An excellent essay in which the reporter goes on a several-day long patrol with a company of the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan. It gives excellent insight into what the “war” on the ground is like — more and more like Vietnam every day.

Navy – NOSI – Naval Open Source Intelligence ¦ Navy News

Russian Navy – The salvage of the bow of the Kursk is about to get underway.

Indonesian Navy – Indonesia tries to do more to fight terrorism???

Thai Navy – ???but the pirates keep scoring victories???

Royal Australian Navy – Australia beefs up its defenses.

Royal Marines – More from being on patrol in Operation Snipe.

US Navy – Will the Growler replace the EA-6B Prowler?

US Navy – What the US Pacific Fleet and its allies are doing for the war on terrorism.

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Royal Marines – Now that it’s over, the debate begins: Operation Snipe, boon or bust?

German Navy – Will the purchase of the German submarine maker HDW by a US firm lead to the transfer of its technology to Taiwan for use in the submarines promised to it by the US?

US Navy – How the Navy Marine Corps Intranet will help the US military carry out its missions.