Canadian Navy – As the size of its military force decreases, Canada is rapidly losing its ability to police its own sovereignty in the Arctic.
US Navy – Security is being tightened at Norfolk Naval Base.
French Navy – The problem with the propellors on the aircraft carrier Charles De Galle may be due to corruption in the French government.
Royal Navy – The Spanish government has asked the British government to remove the damaged nuclear attack submarine HMS Tireless from Gibraltar, the British have refused.
US Navy – More details about the buzzing of the USS Kitty Hawk by Russian aircraft.
US Coast Guard – The US Coast Guard has activated a reserve port security team to go to the Persian Gulf and secure a port there so US Navy ships can dock and give their crews shore leave. Since the bombing of the USS Cole, US Navy ships in the Gulf have been at sea continuously, with the exception of replenishment ships.
Indian Navy – The Chief of the Naval Staff of India has outlined two themes for the coming years: “building bridges of friendship across the seas” and “self reliance through indigenisation.”
US Navy Exercise Joint Endeavor North 2000 is a completely computer run exercise involving the US and Norwegian navies.
US Navy – First person accounts of the attack on the USS Cole.
Indonesia Navy – 37 Indonesia Navy ships are deployed around Papau to discourage its citizens from seeking independence.
Chinese Navy – The Chinese Navy will not attend the Indian International Fleet Review in February 2001.
Canadian Navy – The destroyer HMCS Huron will laid up for an indefinite time, as there are not enough sailors to man her.
Taiwanese Navy – Interesting insight into the acquisition mindset of the Taiwanese Navy – ” The less you do, the less mistakes you make.”
Indian Navy – Navy Day in India was celebrated with a display of Indian Navy firepower
Columbian Navy – The story behind the submarine being built by Columbian drug lords with Russian submariners’ help to smuggle drugs into the US.
Canadian Navy – HMCS Victoria, the first of the Upholder-class attack submarines transferred from the Royal Navy to the Canadian Navy, has been commissioned.
Yemen – Background – It now appears that those who attacked the USS Cole were veterans of the war in Afganistan.
Canadian Navy – The Halifax-class frigates will be updated to use the evolved Sea Sparrow missile.
Russian Navy – The Baltic Fleet will take to sea for only one exercise in 2001.
Indian Navy – The Indian Navy will commission 9 warships and 4 spy planes in 2001.
US Navy – The US Navy estimates it will cost $240 million to repair the USS Cole.
Russian Marines – the head of the Russian Marines reflects on combat lessons learned recently in Checnya.
Israeli Navy – The Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Navy describes his plans for their 3 new Dolphin-class submarines.
Russian Navy – The Norwegian Navy’s timeline of the Kursk incident, and their lessons learned from it.
Norwegian Merchant Marine – Why the US and Russian navies have come to rely on Norwegian merchant shipping to help them out in difficult situations.
Indian and Japanese Coast Guards – have been exercising together.
US Navy – A video documentary, with a large number of clips, depicting life aboard a ballistic missile submarine, the USS Wyoming.
South African Navy – Fisherman shipwrecked on Gough Island have been rescued by the South African Navy.
US Coast Guard – An interview with the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, outlining their ever-expanding roles.
US Navy – The USS Harry S. Truman carrier battle group and USS Nassau amphibious ready group have set sail from Norfolk for the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. They will be relieving the USS George Washington carrier battle group and the USS Saipan amphibious ready group.
US Navy – Port security at most US Navy ports is lax. Bahrain, headquarters of the 5th Fleet, is an exception to the rule.
US Navy – Aboard the command ship USS Coronado, new experiments are being conducted in command and control.
Japanese Navy – A former Japanese naval officer accused of leaking US and Japanese naval secrets to a Russian military attache has pleaded guilty.
Indian Navy – The second of three Krivak-class frigates built in Russia for India was launched yesterday.
Australian and New Zealand Navies – A combined Australian and New Zealand defence force is being proposed as the most effective means of ensuring security in the region.
Chinese Navy – Russia turned over to China the second of two Sovremenny class destroyers China has ordered from Russa.
South African Navy – SAS Protea is steaming to Gough Island to rescue 3 fisherman who have been stranded there for 7 days due to a fishing accident.
French Navy – The aircraft carrier Charles de Galle will be out of action until the spring, due to what is believed to be a defect in the design or metal of its propellers.
US Navy – The USS Hawes became the first US warship to transit the Suez Canal since the attack on the USS Cole.
Russian Navy – The Russian Navy is using explosions set off near the Kursk to prevent other navies from getting too close to the sunken submarine.
Russian Navy – Russian-flagged cargo ships are spying on US and Canadian naval operations in the waters off Washington State and British Columbia.
Israeli Navy – the Israeli Navy has a contingency plan to evacuate Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip by sea if necessary.
Malaysian Navy – the Malaysian Navy has stepped up patrols by its Special Forces, or Paskal, to protect its islands on which holiday resorts are located from attack by pirates based in the Phillipines.
US Navy – the USS Cole attack, placed in a thoughful “big picture” perspective by William Arkin.
Royal Navy – Security is not what is should be in the Royal Navy as well as the US Navy, as some retired folks out for a drive penetrated the security of Faslane, where the Royal Navy’s Trident nuclear deterrent is kept.
Royal Navy – 30 Royal Navy ships, 100 RAF aircraft, and Army troops are taking part in a 6 week exercise, Operation Swift Sword, with the armed forces of Oman.
Royal Navy – The new Merlin helicopter has been grounded due to a recent crash whose cause is yet to be determined.
Royal Navy – a lack of combat ready pilots has grounded over one quarter of the Royal Navy’s Sea Harriers.
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.
Royal Navy – 18 ships of the Royal Navy have been pledged to the new European Union rapid reaction force.
Royal Navy – due to a fire on HMS Fearless, HMS Argus is now part of the Amphibious Ready Group off Sierra Leone.
US Navy – the US Navy’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) communications system was sabotaged by protestors last year and was disabled for 24 hours. This is the fifth time the system has been vandalized.
French Navy – the French carrier Charles De Gaulle has achieved an initial operating capability. Unfortunately, while exercising in the Carribean, the ship has suffered propeller problems which forced it to return early to its base in Toulon for repairs. Meanwhile the Aeronavale faces new challenges as a new era of French naval aviation begins with the impending deployment of the Rafale.
South Korean Navy – North Korea claims that South Korean Navy ships are violating its territorial waters in a bid to reignite tensions between the 2 countries.
Brazilian Navy – The French Navy has turned over the aircraft carrier Foch to the Brazilian Navy, which will operate A-4 Skyhawks from it.
Indian Navy – the Indian Navy is participating in exercises simulating the defence of Gujarat.
US Navy – the US Navy states that it is usual for sentries on its ships to not carry loaded weapons.
Taiwan – Background – a cogent description of the threat Taiwan faces from Chinese ballistic missiles, and how the Chinese intend to regain Taiwan through force.
Sorry for the gap, but I’ve been hard at work on a number of other projects lately. I’ll resume updates today, and catch up the last 10 days in the next day or so.
Royal Navy – 42 Commando Royal Marines from the HMS Ocean amphibious ready group have arrived again off of Sierra Leone, and are carrying out “show of force” amphibious exercises. The British Army, meanwhile, is helping to plan a major offensive against the rebels.
Russian Navy – The Russians are boasting that their aircraft are shadowing and harrassing the USS Kitty Hawk battlegroup in the Sea of Japan.
US Navy – The inhabitants of the Chagos Islands, which includes Diego Garcia, were unlawfully evicted from their homes in the late 1960’s, a High Court judge in London has ruled. The islanders are to be returned to their original homes immediately. It is unclear what is to become of the air and naval base on Diego Garcia itself???
Royal Navy – Further information on the “generic defect” that is found in the nuclear reactors of all Royal Navy SSN’s.
US Navy – A further listing of operational readiness problems in the fleet due to budget shortfalls???
Sorry, no news today as I’m down with the flu. I should be back on-line by Saturday.
US Navy – Life aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island – how they train to avoid the fate of the Kursk.
US Navy – The USS Cole is loaded aboard the Blue Marlin for the trip home.
US Navy – The Service Life Extension Program for the Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicles is being modified to speed up the process and reduce its cost.
US Navy – US Navy ships have been temporarily forbidden to transit the Suez Canal. This is putting a definite crimp on the ability to shift US forces between the Mediterranean and the Gulf.
US Navy – Two interviews with Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, in which he paints his vision of an Internet-enabled US Navy as well as the future of the US Navy.