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US Navy – The USS Peleliu amphibious ready group has been replaced by the USS Bon Homme Richard amphibious ready group in the Arabian Sea.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

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US Navy – US sailors receive a pay raise in an attempt to retain more of them in service.

US Navy – The US Navy is considering converting a cruise ship which is under construction to a command and control ship.

German Navy – Germany naval units are participating in the patrols off Africa hunting for al Quaeda members. Speedboats have been recently sent to assist them.

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US Navy – How garbage is disposed of from a US Navy aircraft carrier.

Palestinian Navy – The Palestinian Authority’s Navy has no useable ships left.

US Navy – The varied roles that women have aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Royal Australian Navy – Meanwhile women are fleeing the Australian armed forces.

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Israeli Navy – The Israeli Navy has attacked a Palestinian Navy base in Gaza, destroying 2 patrol boats.

US Navy – More details have emerged about the plot to attack US warships in Singapore.

Royal Navy – It has been proposed the United Kingdom and Spain will share ownership of Gibraltar. No news on how this will effect the Royal Navy base there.

US Navy – Chemical warfare training aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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US Navy – The USS John F. Kennedy will do her pre-deployment live fire training off of North Carolina and Virginia, and not off Vieques.

Canadian Navy – The Canadians are starting to rotate their ships in the Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy – A RAN frigate’s crew has been accused of disorderly conduct during a shore leave on Christmas Island.

Background – Strategy – A defense lesson from Afghanistan for European nations, by analyst Edward Luttwak.

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Royal Navy – A program for upgrading the Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class submarines is over budget and over time.

Indian Navy – India will be deploying new antiship missiles to counter new antiship missiles aboard new Chinese destroyers.

Background – Air bases – Why aircraft carriers are important – air bases are fleeting assets???while carriers are not.

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US Navy – The EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, though still highly capable, is beginning to get a bit long in the tooth???

US Navy – US allies in the Arabian Sea are playing a key role in maintaining the naval blockade against al-Qaida.

US Marines – With the Marines of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Company on the ground in Afghanistan.

US Navy – Making the US Navy knowledge-centric to give it an edge over its adversaries will be a challenge, but is necessary.

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Russian Navy – A Russian journalist and former naval officer has been found guilty for his stories on the illegal disposal of nuclear waste.

US Coast Guard – More details of how difficult it is to secure our ports.

Background – Strategy – A summary of the war to date.

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Israeli Navy – More on the ship seized by Israeli Navy commandos suspected of trying to supply arms to the Palestinian Authority.

US Navy – The US Navy has admitted its sonars were responsible for harming whales during an exercise off the Bahamas in 2000.

Royal Navy – HMS Triumph, which fired some of the first cruise missiles to strike Afghanistan, has returned home from the Gulf.

Background – Saudi Arabia – Ralph Peters on how the Saudi’s are the US’s enemies, not it’s friends, and must be dealt with as part of the war against terrorism.

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US Navy – A terrorist plot against the USS Carl Vinson while on port call at Changi Naval Base in Singapore was foiled by the Singapore government.

US Marines Corps – Why the MV-22 Osprey remains important to the US Marines, and how useful it would have been in Afghanistan.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – The Japanese minesweeper Uraga has returned from its deployment to the Arabian Sea.

US Navy – How the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt celebrated New Years.

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US Navy – The life of a COD, a US Navy C-2 Greyhound Carrier Onboard Delivery plane.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt there is a multinational crew.

US Navy – The US Navy Chief of Naval Operations outlines his vision for where he wants the US Navy to go in the next few years.

US Navy – Commanders of the Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic fleets have sent a message to supervisors warning them not to disclose future ship movements.

Royal Australian Navy – An overview of the battle between the boat people who wish to emmigrate to Australia, and the government that wishes to keep them out, using its navy.