Tag Archives: maritime

Video: Robert Kaplan on China’s Navy

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Indonesia and India vs China, and Obama

Robert Kaplan takes his message to the New York Times as President Obama takes his to South Asia. A quote: THE 20th century saw great, land-centric Army deployments to Europe. George W. Bush unwittingly continued this tendency with great, land-centric … Continue reading

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Kaplan: Make way for China

Robert D. Kaplan supplies a chapter on Chinese naval strategy to a Center for a New American Security report entitled China’s Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship. Much of the chapter is based on his previous work in … Continue reading

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Japan’s un-carrier

Pictured above is Japan’s Hyuga-class “helicopter destroyer” (different angle) alongside the USS George Washington (see opposite angle here). It is hard to see from this angle but there is a significant size difference. The George Washington is a Nimitz class … Continue reading

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Interactive Ship Traffic Map

Amazing map of ship and port traffic using AIS and accurate up to one hour. Brought you by the U of A Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering. This project is so amazingly useful, I don’t know what to … Continue reading

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Making pirates hostes humani generis again

Image from Nick Humphries “[L]ast year less than one-half of one percent of ships transiting the Horn of Africa were attacked, and most of those attacks were not successful.” Despite those low odds Max Boot goes on to argue in … Continue reading

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Still waiting for the navy’s Boyd moment

With a swipe at Our Bob, Tom Barnett links to an article in Parameters on The End of Seapower as we know it. The article, written by a captain of the USCG, is a laundry list of complaints about the … Continue reading

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Keep away from these lighthouses

Imagine steering a ship along the desolate northern Russian coast; an endless succession of rocky outcroppings, half-hidden by polar fog. Worse yet, imagine manning one of these frozen outposts, hundreds of miles from civilization and technology. The Communist party of … Continue reading

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On the potential Japanese naval dispatch to Somalia

My first reaction to hearing about prime minister Aso’s push to get the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in the Gulf of Aden helping to combat piracy was _bandwagoning_. Here is a typical example of Japan showing international leadership… six … Continue reading

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Cable repair ships of the world

After reading about the “latest incident of undersea cables being cut”:http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/mediterranean-c.html (causing fourteen countries to lose access to the Internet) I found a link describing the fifty “cable ships”:http://www.iscpc.org/information/Cableships_Page.htm that operate around the world. There are some pretty big and … Continue reading

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