The US Department of Defense has given the go-ahead to the next stage in its Columbia-class submarine programme, signalling continuity in what is one of the US military’s most expensive procurement projects.
China’s seizure last week of a US naval drone in international waters has drawn attention to China's assertive approach throughout South East Asia. And that affects both big countries and small countries, such as Singapore.
An independent, government-commissioned report to inform Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy makes very pertinent recommendations, but it fails to bridge the divide between economic considerations and operational requirements.
Increased Russian naval activities in the North Atlantic have refocused Western military attention on Iceland’s geostrategic importance. But even if the US has resumed irregular Cold War-style maritime and anti-submarine patrols from Iceland, there are no plans to reopen the American military base on the island.
The Royal Australian Navy is leveraging the latest Aegis combat system, SM-6 interceptor missiles and its new Hobart-class destroyers to limit its vulnerability to proliferating ballistic and cruise missile threats in the Indo-Pacific region. This has implications for interoperability with allies and deterrence.