Why are Royal Navy vessels failing? Why does it take so long for newer ships to be built? Will the Royal Navy even have enough ships? These and a host of other questions, along with solutions, are contained in An Independent Report to Inform the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy as authored by Sir John Parker. This report comes out as the House of Commons Defence Committee releases Restoring the Fleet: Naval Procurement and the National Shipbuilding Strategy that warns of low-replacement rates for the Royal Navy’s current ships. Correspondence as well as oral and written evidence generated in the issuance of the latter report are here.
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In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, I thought it appropriate to direct your attention to its Maritime Heritage Program. Here you will find a listing of maritime-related national treasures as well as documentation for reporting candidates for inclusion. Parks, historic ships, life-saving stations, and light houses are all featured.
“The mission of the Naval Studies Board (NSB), created in 1974 at the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, is to be a source of independent, long-range, scientific and technical planning advice for the Naval Forces.” (about) Its publications are here and cover a wide variety of topics, from climate change to hydroengineering. Its predecessor agency, the Office of Naval Research, has many of its documents readily available online. The difference between these two agencies is that the NSB’s board is comprised of non-military members (although some are retired Navy personnel) and operates under the umbrella of the National Research Council while the ONR resides within the military hierarchy.
Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress; Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress; Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress; Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress; and Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air, and Missile Defense: Background and Issues for Congress; Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress; and Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. (All courtesy of Secrecy News.)
This brief CRS report – Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress – offers a succinct overview to the Navy’s role in irregular warfare and counterterrorism initiatives. It details recent events and explores the funding levels necessary to keep these activities viable.
Lest we forget what the current Royal Navy is planning, this research brief from the House of Commons Library – The Royal Navy’s surface fleet: in brief – should be of help; embedded links add to the utility of this document.
This CRS report, (CRS=Congressional Research Service, I use it all the time), Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress, explains what the current thinking is in the Navy with regards to future development of the fleet. It is an extremely informative read with a great deal of additional references to further research.