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Seaforth World Naval Review 2016 (ePub)

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By Conrad Waters
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 17.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 200 colour & mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781848323117
Published: 3rd November 2015


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The July 2016 book of the month for Ships Monthly!

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This annual has an established reputation as an authoritative but affordable summary of all that has happened in the naval world in the previous twelve months. It combines regional surveys with one-off major articles on noteworthy new ships and other important developments. Besides the latest warship projects, it also looks at wider issues of importance to navies, such as aviation and electronics, and calls on expertise from around the globe to give a balanced picture of what is going on and to interpret its significance.

This edition looks in detail at the Royal Navy as it faces the latest defence review, and evaluates the Indonesian Navy, while significant ships will include the USN's San Antonio class amphibious transports, the new Dutch OPVs, the Turkish Milgem class corvettes and the Greek Roussen class fast attack craft.

There are also technological reviews dealing with naval aviation by David Hobbs, focussing on maritime patrol aircraft, while Norman Friedman surveys recent electronic warfare developments.

Intended to make interesting reading as well as providing authoritative reference, there is a strong visual emphasis, including specially commissioned drawings and the most up-to-date photographs and artists' impressions.

For anyone with an interest in contemporary naval affairs, whether an enthusiast or a defence professional, this annual has become required reading.

This respected annual naval review is part of a dwindling number of similar books. A great pity the choice is reducing but great that this high quality publication continues. A must for anyone with an interest in naval affairs and the state of the world, strongly recommended.

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Highly recommended for both amateur and professional naval enthusiasts, alike.

The Mariner's Mirror

This annual review, which provides an excellent summary of happenings in the naval world in 2015, is split into three main sections covering world fleet reviews, significant ships, and technological reviews.

Ships Monthly July 2016

As previously stated in Scuttlebutt, for the busy reader who wants to keep up with current naval matters, but who does not have the time or money for 'Janes Fighting Ships' this authoritative Seaforth annual continues to do the job. The good news is that the Royal Navy features highly this year.

This 2016 edition is written by an impressive group of international contributors, including Norman Friedman, David Hobbs, and Richard Breedall. It is again in four sections. Conrad's overview sets the scene with useful data tables on Defence Expenditure and Major Fleet Strengths. He points up Chinese maritime expansion in Asia, the re-emergence of Russia as a threat to stability in Europe, the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean and piracy continues to be a daily danger around the world.

The Regional Review covers the USN with its revised calculation of 'battle force' and 'long range plan' to increase the medium-term combatant level to 308 ships. A table shows the steady increase in the USN Orbat from 272 ships in 2015 to 304 by 2020, this includes the increase from 10 CVN to 11 CVN. There is also a table of the USN Shipbuilding plan. There is a detailed review of the expansion of the Indonesian Navy. The European section includes brief summaries of the Royal Navy and the modernisation of the Russian Navy. The section completes with 'A Think Blue Line' a fourteen page detailed review of the Royal Navy. Unfortunately, it was written before the 2015 UK Strategic Defence and Security Review. Nevertheless, there is much of good value, with the background to SDSR 2015, making the point that the Royal Navy was particularly badly affected by SDSR 2010.

The significant Ships section includes the Dutch 'Holland' Class OPV's, progress with the USN's LPD-17, the new Turkish Corvettes and the new British designed Greek Attack Craft. The Technological Reviews include an excellent overview by Norman Friedman of Electronic Warfare and a rather incongruous article on the new Royal Navy Working Dress. This is a must for all those wishing to keep up with the world naval affairs, it is excellent value and strongly recommended.

Scuttlebutt, ed. No 52, 2016 - John Roberts

I have the last five years editions on my bookshelf and together they form an impressive bank of knowledge and information about how warships are designed and deployed by nations around the globe. This edition has attracted the crème de la crème of naval writers from across the globe including noted luminaries such as Norman Friedman, David Hobbs, Guy Toremans and Richard Beedall. The book follows the same standard and layout as in previous editions with an extremely detailed overview of the last year in naval policy, construction and deployment...

Each of the chapters is replete with expertly chosen photographs to back up and reinforce the content which is extremely authoritative and well informed. The last section of the book focuses on world naval aviation as well as electronic warfare at sea...

As always editor Conrad Walters has done an excellent job in collating a highly enjoyable and informative read,


Warship World - March/April 2016

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A high-quality, deeply-researched and handsomely-illustrated book.

Army Rumour Service - Jan Ziolo

This annual has an established reputation as an authoritative but affordable summary of all that has happened in the naval world in the previous twelve months.

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About Conrad Waters

CONRAD WATERS, a barrister by training and a banker by profession, has had a lifelong interest in modern navies, about which he has written extensively. He edited the recent Navies in the 21st Century and has been the editor of the World Naval Review since its foundation in 2009. His expertise extends to historical subjects and in 2019 Seaforth published his major study of British Town Class Cruisers.

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