Ghanan and Nigerian Navies – Lessons learned in littoral warfare in Africa during operations other than war in Liberia.
Royal Australian Navy – The Collins class submarine HMAS Waller performed extremely well in the recent RIMPAC 2000 exercise, penetrating the the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln’s surface screen during the exercise.
U.S. Navy – U.S. Navy submariners claim their forces have been cut to dangerously low levels, given the wide spectrum of missions they are now called upon to execute. By next year the U.S. will be down to 50 SSN’s, a 50% reduction from Cold War strength.
Virginian Pilot – Life aboard the ballistic missile submarine U.S.S. Maryland.
Background – Electromagnetic weapons – We are becoming increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons, which emit a blast of electromagnetic radiation which toasts the electronics of any device within its range. There are suggestions that such weapons have already been used surreptitiously in wars and in terrorist operations. These weapons can be easily made at home???
U.S. Navy – Continuing on the terrorist thread???activists have claimed they sabotaged the U.S. Navy’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) communications system which is used to send information to ballistic missile submarines at sea. The sabotage was carried out by cutting down utility poles which supported transmission lines.
U.S. Navy – The U.S. Navy announced that the first of 32 DD-21 class land attack destroyers would be named the Admiral Elmo M. Zumwalt, after the former Chief of Naval Operations.
U.S. Navy – To increase the number of Sailors in the U.S. Navy, entrance standards are being lowered and Sailors are being given higher pay. In the short term, these changes are working.
Iranian Navy – The United States now has evidence that the governments of Iran and the United Arab Emirates are assisting Iraq in its illegal oil smuggling operations, at a nice profit to each. Meanwhile, Iran continues to maintain publically that it is helping to enforce the sanctions againts Iraq.
Indonesian Navy – The Indonesian Navy has been coordinating the search for survivors from the sunken ferry that was carrying refugees from the Moluccas.
NOSI is on vacation until Tuesday, July 4. See you then!
Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy’s aging Sea King helicopters will fly under restricted conditions, due to several recent losses.
Sri Lanka Navy – Tamil Tiger forces carried out a suicide attack on a government supply vessel, causing heavy damage to it. Sri Lanka Navy vessels which came to its assistance were also attacked by Tamil Tiger forces. The sea route is the only open line of supply the Sri Lankan government has to its forces.
Pakistan Navy – The Pakistan Navy opened a new base today, its second, at Ormara, which is 240 km west of Karachi, its first and heretofore only base.
Pakistan – Background – The education of the next generation of hundreds of thousands of Muslim holy warriors is underway in Pakistan at madrasas, or religious schools. Their narrow interpretation of Islam, coupled with Pakistan’s nuclear capability, makes them a substantive future threat to the West.
Taiwan Background – A new Pentagon study concludes that it is unlikely that China will attack Taiwan, because it would jeopardize China’s economy.
Royal New Zealand Navy – Further modernization of the Royal New Zealand Navy will be delayed indefinitely under new government plans, which will give priority in funding to the Army.
U.S. Navy – The submarine U.S.S. Dolphin has demonstrated the ability to send e-mail while submerged using an acoustic modem.
Royal Navy – The trimaran research vessel RV Triton will commence formal sea trials in September. The builder, Vosper Thornycroft, feels the trimaran is the shape of the future.
Indonesia Navy – The Indonesia Navy has begun evacuating Christians from the Moluccan islands in an attempt to quell religious violence.
U.S. Navy – The incoming U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Vernon Clark, draws interesting parallels between today and when he first entered the Navy in the early 1970′s when Admiral Zumwalt was CNO.
U.S. Navy – the U.S.S. George Washington battlegroup is deploying to the Gulf with a nearly 99% manning rate, a vast improvement over recent deployments which have occured with 90% manning rates.
U.S. Navy – A report submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concludes that the cause of the strandings of a number of whales in the Bahamas in March was loud underwater noises. Near the time of the strandings the Navy was testing active sonars designed to detect diesel-electric submarines undertaking operations in littoral areas.
U.S. Navy – Base consolidation and closing is good???to a point. NAS Oceana is now home to so many units that the airspace has become overcrowded for training purposes.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian military is also at the breaking point in terms of too many missions chasing too few sailors and too few ships.
U.S. Navy – the U.S. Navy program to install commercial information technologies to help automate some aspects of its ships and reduce manning levels has passed a new milestone on the USS Ticonderoga.
Israeli Navy – The Israeli Navy has successfully test-fired cruise missiles from its new Dolphin-class submarines in the Indian Ocean. This gives Israel a sea-based strategic nuclear deterrent for the first time.
Indian Navy – The development of the Indian Navy as a blue-water force who is extending its area of operations into the South China Sea has taken Australia by suprise.
Ukrainian Navy – The Ukrainian Navy is hosting the Cooperative Partner-2000 naval exercise between itself, several former Communist states, and NATO. Russia has been invited but has declined to participate due to jealousy over its loss of influence in the Black Sea region.
Russian Navy – Several Russian sailors were exposed to toxic chemicals while unloading a ballistic missile that had a cracked casing from a ship. The toxic cloud from the missile threatened residents of a nearby village before it dissipated.
International Naval Review – The International Naval Review will occur on July 2-9 in New York City. Warships from 24 countries will be in New York Harbor and most will be open for public viewing. Reccommended for those who wish to obtain their naval open source intelligence up close and personal!.
Royal Marines – 42 Commando Royal Marines has departed Sierra Leone and returned to HMS Ocean, their mission to restore stability a complete success.
Apologies to being down for two days, but I have caught a bad case of the flu and am temporarily incapacitated???NOSI should return Saturday.
Royal Australian Navy – HMAS Tobruk arrived back in Cairns, Australia today with 478 evacuees from the Solomon Islands.
Indian Navy – The Italian cargo ship MV Medstar has been hijacked by stowaways who are seeking political asylum in Europe. The Indian Navy is standing by to assist the Indian Coast Guard who has the ship under surveillance.
Royal Navy – RAF Harriers that were operating in Sierra Leone alongside their Royal Navy counterparts have returned home. The deployment to Sierra Leone marks the first deployment of Joint Force Harrier.
Royal Australian Navy – HMAS Manoora, the former Newport-class LST, has arrived off the Solomons. It is carrying an infantry company, SAS personnel, and Blackhawk helicopters. Although Australia denies it is going to intervene militarily, it may become part of a multinational peacekeeping force.
U.S. Marines – the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force is continuously exercising for the day when a terrorist attack occurs on U.S. soil using chemical or biological weapons.