Geopolitics / Vietnam – The Vietnam Solution

The Atlantic – Robert D. Kaplan on how a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise

Indian Navy – Indian Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials Postponed Until June

Indian Navy – Indian Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials Postponed Until June – Sea trials of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier being overhauled for the Indian navy at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia have been postponed until the beginning of June.

Royal Navy – New milestone as huge Royal Navy warship section sets sail

Daily Telegraph – The ”largest and most powerful warship” ever built for the Royal Navy has achieved another milestone as a massive section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left port.

Intelligence – US Naval War College's Strategic Research Department Weekly Maritime News Survey

US Naval War College’s Strategic Research Department Weekly Maritime News Survey – This is a great naval news source I just learned of, which is updated each Monday.

Thanks to Jim for the link!

Royal Navy – Up she rises: first woman to command a warship takes post today

Daily Telegraph – The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship takes up her post today.

Royal Navy – Scottish independence: Country would lose warship contracts

The Scotsman – An independent Scotland will lose all its Royal Navy contracts, UK ministers have confirmed, in a move which would put 16,000 jobs at risk along with the country’s entire shipbuilding industry. The coalition government warned that if Scotland becomes a “foreign country”, defence contractors could no longer use Scottish yards in their bids.

Intelligence – Google Can Track Ships At Sea — Including US Navy; Detailed Maps Planned of Sea Bottom

AOL Defense – Google will soon make public information about virtually every ship at sea, giving the current location and identity even of American warships. Meanwhile, the company is consulting with the Navy and others about security issues.

US Navy – Step 1 in U.S. Plan to Rule Sea and Sky: Actually Share Data

Wired – No one really understands the Navy and the Air Force’s new blueprint for dominating Earth’s seas and skies. But what’s increasingly clear, even to the heads of both the Navy and the Air Force, is that there’s a big challenge ahead for it, one that doesn’t have anything to do with an adversary like China: getting U.S. ships, subs, planes and drones to actually talk to one another.

US Marines – Under Attack

Wall Street Journal – When a suicide bomber struck a convoy in Afghanistan, a routine Marine patrol turned into a harrowing firefight. Michael M. Phillips with an eyewitness account of bravery and tragedy in the confusion of war.

Piracy – Private navy planned to counter pirate raids

The National – A private navy costing US$70 million (Dh257m) is being set up to escort merchant ships through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden. It will comprise a fleet of 18 ships, based in Djibouti, and will offer to convoy merchant vessels along the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC).

Israeli Navy – Israel's military looks to the sea

Los Angeles Times – Israel buys a sixth German-made submarine. A navy officer explains why Israel’s military is looking increasingly to the seas.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy 'Top Gun' pilots train to fly US fighters

Royal Navy – Royal Navy ‘Top Gun’ pilots train to fly US fighters – British Royal Navy pilot Lt Dan Latham is walking out to his aircraft with his American colleague for a training mission that will see them fly through the cloudless skies for hundreds of miles over the desert on a practice bombing raid. Dan, from Ormskirk in Lancashire, is one of the lucky few chosen to fly with his American naval counterparts in the US for four years. The Royal Navy want to ensure the maritime flying skills of their pilots are maintained, until the new British aircraft carriers and the stealth fighter jets due to fly from them are ready.

French Navy – France: U.K. F-35 Pick Could Reduce Naval Cooperation

Defense News – France regretted the prospect of reduced cooperation with the British fleet air arm following London’s selection of the F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter, and hoped collaboration would continue.

US Navy – US Downs Test Missile With New Interceptor

Reuters – U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

US Navy – Navy study: Sonar, blasts might hurt more sea life

Associated Press – The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies.

US Navy – Defense leaders push US to sign sea treaty

Associated Press – Top defense leaders argued Wednesday for the U.S. to ratify a long-debated treaty governing ocean rights in order to bolster the nation’s national security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and other key global waters.

Piracy – Somali piracy: EU forces in first mainland raid

BBC – EU naval forces have conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the Somali mainland, saying they have destroyed several boats.

US Navy – U.S. plans 10-month warship deployment to Singapore

Reuters – The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes.

Royal Navy – Critics attack Government U-turn on fighter jets

Daily Telegraph – A major retreat over aircraft for the Royal Navy’s new carriers will be announced today, abandoning plans to buy the conventional take-off version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will tell MPs that the Government will now purchase the jump-jet model of the plane instead.

US Navy – What Price Freedom?: LCS-1 Leaves Dry Dock Amid Questions About Worthiness

Aviation Week – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom is plagued by extensive corrosion and manufacturing issues more recent and serious than anything the Pentagon or prime contractor Lockheed Martin has publicly acknowledged thus far. This is based on a guided tour of the ship in dry dock, as well as sources intimately familiar with Freedom’s design, repairs and operations, U.S. Navy documents and defense analysts.

US Navy – The Navy's Pacific Problem

Foreign Policy – Does the U.S. military have the resources for an Asian century?

US Coast Guard – New Coast Guard ship has rust, holes in hull

Associated Press – When a boat springs a leak, it’s often the Coast Guard to the rescue. But who rescues the Coast Guard when one its new ships does the same thing?

Royal Navy – Navy 'forced to drop year-round Somalia piracy patrols'

Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy no longer has enough warships to dedicate one to fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia all year round, it was reported.

Intelligence – China’s Accidental Spies

Pacific Standard – Is an unassuming group of Chinese bloggers who are obsessed with military hardware doing the Pentagon’s work? Or Beijing’s?

US Navy – Electronic Blast Slated for Unmanned Attack Aircraft

Defense Technology International – Most aircraft slated to go onto aircraft carries have to go through an electronic magnetic interference test that bathes the design in about 200 volts per meter. But the test platform for the Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) aircraft program, will have to endure 10 times the electronic stress. Undoubtedly that means the Navy wants a design for its unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft program that would be able to fire a permanently installed, rechargeable, anti-electronics weapon.