Unmanned Systems – A Role, not a Revolution

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems in the Naval Environment The aim of this blog article is to take a holistic look at unmanned systems in the maritime environment.  On the whole unmanned systems are still in a relatively early stage of development, but we can already see the trends in the maritime domain, some more advanced…

Frigates

The recent activity surrounding the Type 31 programme has again brought to the fore the long running debate about what it should be, as well as reinvigorate the debate about what frigates are, why we 'need' them, and how we increase our hull numbers at the expense, perhaps, of some of the 'gold plating' we…

British Frigates

As a lead-in to this post I tried to share my understanding of the broader notion of a frigate, in order to set some context for what I really wanted to wax lyrical about - the new frigate designs that the Royal Navy is developing.  I regard the Type 31 frigate project as one of…

Unmanned Systems and Anti Submarine Warfare

The Elbit Systems USV 'SEAGULL' Recently I was privileged to experience two closely related yet separate organisations that are opening up new opportunities to advance the field of anti-submarine warfare.  They were the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in La Spezia, Italy, and the Elbit Systems facility in Haifa where they are developing…

Why the UK needs the LPH/LHD

The recent deployment of HMS OCEAN to the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria was a timely example of how UK Defence is able to respond quickly when civilian agencies have been overwhelmed.  Her forthcoming decommissioning will expose a gap in UK capabilities.  This is not going to be a rant about…

Verdigris

BLUF: This is just another defence-oriented blog.  Like Think Defence, Thin Pinstriped Line and many others, it will be my personal outlet on a number of defence matters - as if we didn't have enough comment online already!  It will not be prolific, nor will it react to every breaking news story.  I haven't that much time in life!