Editorial Note – 2012 World Naval Operational News Highlights


World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The drawdown of troops from Afghanistan. What exactly was accomplished by the surge?

  • The continued tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and the US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf. What will Israel do?

  • The increasing Chinese sabre rattling and belligerency over the Spratley Islands with the Philippines and the Senkaku Islands with Japan. Will this lead to open conflict? Will it lead to stronger alliances with the US?

  • The first flight operations on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. When will we see it go on an operational cruise?

  • The possibility of Scotland declaring independence. If this happens – thus depriving the Royal Navy’s ballistic missile submarines of their home port – will this effectively lead to the nuclear disarmament of the United Kingdom?

  • The decrease in the size of the US fleet coupled with no change in operational commitments leading to decreasing morale and increasing deferred maintainence. How long until the force becomes hollow?

  • The quiet continued development of Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMVs) / Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) / Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). When will we see them reach operational use?

  • The US Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program continues to move forward at a glacial pace. When will we see this program get off the ground?

  • The continuing soap operatic saga of the Littoral Combat Ship. How can a program so old still be adrift in so many ways?

  • The decreasing rate of piracy world-wide. How can we still not know what to do with captured pirates?

In 2012, there were news stories linked to on 364 / 365 days – that is on 99% of the days.

In 2012, NOSI linked to 400 news stories.

In 2012, 170 of these stories (43%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2012, 83 of these stories (21%) were background stories.

The remaining 145 news stories (36%) covered the operational activities of 19 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Australia, China, Denmark, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

In 2012, 146,514 pages read (page hits) from 103,142 users (visitors). There were 280 followers of the RSS feed. There were 29,536 unique users (reach) and 389 fans (members) on the NOSI Facebook page.