Littoral Warfare : Part 2 : US Navy’s Expensive Toys


ORIGINS The US Navy realized the need to have a fleet of fast and agile vessels capable of operating in confined waters against enemy fast attack boats and diesel submarines after their long deployments in the Persian Gulf. Their fleet of large destroyers had their limitations and they had to ferry their coast guard vessels, …

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Littoral Warfare : Part-1 : Introduction


INTRODUCTION Littoral warfare is the art of fighting a war in the areas of the sea close to the coastline, around islands, in the middle of restricted water bodies, in short, away from the deep ocean. This kind of warfare is drastically different from open ocean naval warfare. The main reasons are:  The water bodies …

The Rise of the Chinese Navy


INTRODUCTION 25 years ago, the Chinese Navy or the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as it is officially known as, was virtually a military branch which no country took seriously. It consisted of a handful of destroyers which were equipped with short range and almost obsolete weapons compared to the West or the Soviet Union. …

Greatest World War II Weapons : Human Torpedo


A torpedo is an underwater missile that is used to attack ships and submarines. But what is this human torpedo? How can an underwater missile be manned? Well, the credit goes to those who came up with this idea of putting a man in a torpedo. Their intention was not to create a suicide vessel …

The Next Gen Royal Navy Frigate : Type 26 – Global Combat Ship


Can the Royal Navy afford a multi billion $ program to build new generation frigates ? The Brits have a good history of building warships . But lately a string of budget cuts and some poor planning have left them with a powerful navy which doesn't have the operational readiness or the global presence it …

The Great Indian Nuclear Submarine Saga


On 4th April 2012 , The Indian Navy commissioned the INS Chakra , an Akula II class nuclear submarine into their submarine fleet . It's their only nuclear submarine in service . But that's not what makes it special , nor does the fact that it's the most advanced and powerful submarine in Asia , …