USNI News – Last week, USNI News spoke with First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin about the ongoing deployment of Queen Elizabeth, the AUKUS deal in which the U.K. and U.S. will work with Australia to build a new class of nuclear-powered submarines, and less restrictive“come as you are” naval operations could be the future of maritime alliances.
Modern War Institute – NATO is the most formidable military alliance in the world, capable of deploying and sustaining forces anywhere around the globe—an unprecedented degree of power projection. However, analyzing the contemporary geopolitical situation in the eastern Mediterranean shows that NATO is only one of the key players. Russia has strategically acquired the lion’s share of political and military influence in Syria and Libya, while also gradually empowering a potential rift in the alliance, enticing Turkey to change its course and drift away from the West. This fact is in stark contrast with basic NATO principles and goals, as dominance in the Mediterranean is critically vital to Europe’s stability and prosperity.
CIMSEC – So, CNO: Remember your 18 February 1991 introduction to naval mine warfare. Thirty years on, the Navy’s mines and mining objective must make America’s adversaries worry about the threat of mines and seabed warfare systems more than their weapons concern the United States and its allies and partners.
Clingendael Spectator – The odds of war between China and Taiwan seem to be growing by the day. In this first part of a trilogy on the China-Taiwan conflict, James Holmes (US Naval War College) examines the military options of both countries. Although “Beijing craves a short, sharp, decisive war should it decide to launch an assault”, Holmes argues that Taiwan can deny President Xi Jinping his short war, and manage to prosper amid turbulent times.
War Zone – A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that contingents of U.S. special operations forces and U.S. Marines have been making more regular rotational deployments to Taiwan for at least a year now.
USNI News – Almost a dozen sailors have been injured after a U.S. nuclear attack submarine hit an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea.
Middle East Eye – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara has decided to work with Russia to jointly produce jet engines, warships and submarines, during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
(Thanks to Alain)
CIMSEC – The US Coast Guard’s similar and enduring missions around maritime resource extraction make it well-suited to enforce domestic and international law in the expanding industry of seabed mining. The service should prepare for seabed mining by engaging with allies and partners and by supporting scientific research and environmental protection.
Mena Defense – Rather unprecedented information was shared yesterday on social networks, an Israeli submarine was reportedly hunted down by the Algerian navy during Exercise Radaa 2021 on September 29 and 30. (In French)
(Thanks to Alain)
Breaking Defense – American officials have continued to press their Israeli counterparts about espionage concerns related to a Chinese-built port in Haifa, suggesting that the Israelis conduct regular inspections of heavy machinery there to ensure nothing nefarious is afoot.
Line of Actual Control – Trying to make sense of how the US Coast Guard and the Chinese Navy went toe to toe off Alaska
War Zone – Zircon missiles and Russia’s super quiet Yasen class submarines could be a significant combination, but questions remain about the weapon’s maturity.
USNI News – Two U.S. carrier strike groups drilled with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) and a Japanese big-deck warship over the weekend in a major naval exercise in the waters off the southeast of Okinawa, Japan.
USNI Proceedings – Thinking about naval intelligence skills in three distinct ways can help community leaders make better use of industry and academia in developing talent.
1945 – A thought experiment: suppose the U.S. Marine Corps were looking for a winsome amphibious transport—let’s call it a “light amphibious warship” (LAW)—to help marines vault from island to island to pummel hostile fleets. Suppose these warships didn’t yet exist, and Congress seemed leery of procuring them. And suppose the U.S. Navy had light vessels on hand—call them “littoral combat ships” (LCS)—that were more or less a wasting asset…
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ChinaMil – In order to enhance the rescue capability on the battlefield, the Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark recently conducted a comprehensive maritime rescue exercise for seven consecutive days and nights in the East China Sea.
China Daily – The 39th fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy set out from the city of Qingdao, in East China’s Shandong Province, on Sunday to conduct an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.
CIGI – Nuclear submarines are first among the pact’s initiatives. But security collaboration between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States will also extend to advanced technology, cybersecurity and defence cooperation more broadly.
War Zone – The Banshee target drone could help pave the way for regular drone operations from the decks of British carriers.
Naval News – On August 31, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced its FY2022 budget request. Here are some of the key points of interest, related to the maritime domain.
Breaking Defense – When the United States, United Kingdom and Australia announced their new AUKUS agreement, the major focus was on the path for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. But that headline aside, there is much more to the agreement, which could represent a major shift in Indo-Pacific strategic and military relations for the three nations.
USNI News – Steel for the U.K. Royal Navy’s first new Type 31 frigate was cut on Sept. 24, raising hopes that the service may secure a larger fleet of frontline warships in the long term.
USNI News – U.S Marine F-35Bs from Iwakuni will support the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s post refit trials of the destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH183) next month.