Unprecedented naval force deployments in the Mediterranean

Despite French and European mediation attempts, tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO have continued to intensify in recent days. In addition to the uninterrupted deployment of new troops along the Ukrainian border in Russia, Crimea and Belarus, the Russian armies are said to have undertaken to move the powerful 2nd Guards Combined Arms Combined Army, the mainstay of the Central Military District, to the West, this contributing to the massive reinforcement noted for several days of the Russian offensive device on its western borders. To these deployments of land and air forces, are now added those of many naval units, creating an unprecedented tension since the…

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Chinese Armies Experiment With Weapons Designed To Destroy Ports

In order to counter the rise of the Chinese armies, the Pentagon has decided to rely on smaller, more mobile and better interconnected units via the now well-known Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2. This doctrine makes it possible in particular to reduce the risks of massive strikes against large gatherings of forces, while maintaining a very significant capacity for concentration of fire and coordination of forces. But this one suffers from a weakness, a much more fragmented logistics, and therefore cumbersome and complex. Thus, in a theater like the Western Pacific, each of the US detachments having taken position on…

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Russia continues efforts to modernize its naval force

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Navy experienced a long period of scarcity, seeing its unmaintained ships and new units arrive in dribs and drabs, when they did arrive. At the end of the 2000s, the operational situation was even catastrophic, with a majority of ships unfit for combat, if not for navigation. It was at this point that Moscow made the decision to start modernizing its fleet, first by acquiring new models of well-armed patrol boats and corvettes, such as the Buyan and Buyan-M, and conventional submarines Improved Kilo, while undertaking a vast plan of…

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The weight of geographic constraints on Chinese naval military development

Guest article by Noam Hakoune in permanent full access For the months of July and August 2021, the very influential journal Foreign Affairs asked itself the question of whether China could continuously grow.[1] It is indeed the inevitability of Beijing's growth that has haunted all American strategists since the intrusion of the Thucydides Trap concept by Graham Allison in 2012.[2] Comparing the Chinese and American powers cannot be done without a fine analysis of the naval and maritime balance of power. Because given the distance between the two powers and the geography of the region, a potential conflict between China and the United States...

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Russia to deploy naval military base in Sudan

For more than 20 years, the Russian and Chinese authorities have sharply criticized the United States, but also Great Britain and France, for the deployment of external military bases, whether in Asia or in Africa. However, in 2017, Beijing inaugurated a major Chinese naval base in the small African state of Djibouti, which already hosts an American base and a French base. As for Russia, it signed, on November 6, an agreement with the Sudanese authorities of Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, to deploy a major naval base on the Indian Ocean coast, as announced Russian Prime Minister...

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US Navy repair capabilities too low in conflict with China

The observation of Rear-Admiral Eric Ver Hag, commander of the office supervising the maintenance and modernization of US Navy ships, is without appeal. According to him, the US Navy today does not have sufficient industrial capacity to maintain and modernize its fleet in peacetime. If a conflict were to break out, predicts the American general officer, referring, without quoting, to China, the US Navy simply would not have the means to repair the damaged ships fast enough to support military action in the time. This observation echoes the conclusions of an internal study by the United States Marine Corps, published at the beginning…

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China responds to American "provocations" in the China Sea

While the US Navy continues to conduct exercises in and around the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army is responding by conducting naval gunnery exercises in the same area, as well as deploying combat aircraft on the artificial bases built on the islets and reefs of the Paracelles. If, for the time being, the two armed forces avoid each other and manage to avoid escalation, the confrontation between Beijing and Washington continues to intensify in this area, which has become one of the planet's geostrategic hotspots. In response to the exercises conducted in the China Sea by the carrier battle groups of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and…

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The Ukrainian anti-ship missile Neptune shows its effectiveness

The Ukrainian site defence-ua.com, which specializes in defense issues, has published an exclusive video showing the test of the P-360 Neptune anti-ship missile which took place on April 2 near Odessa. The video shows the launch of the missile from its quadruple launcher, as well as the impact on the target net carried by the targeting barge. According to Oleg Korostelev, who runs the Ukrainian company Luch in charge of the Neptune program, the tests gave rise to 3 shots, all successful, against targets a hundred kilometers away. Based on the Kh35 anti-ship cruise missile, the P-360 Neptune in…

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Naval forces and coronavirus: what use for current and future health crises?

A little earlier today, we returned in detail to the deployment of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre in Corsica, in order to evacuate patients with coronavirus. With the deployment of a field hospital in Mulhouse and the use of Morphée kits by the Air Force for the transport of certain patients, the round trip made this weekend by Tonnerre between the south coast of France and Corsica shows the commitment of the armed forces in the fight against the coronavirus. However, in our article published on Friday evening about the rumors and fake news surrounding the use of armies in this crisis, we concluded with...

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The Tonnerre helicopter carrier was sent to Corsica to evacuate patients suffering from Covid-19

Last Friday, in an article dedicated to rumors circulating around the Armed Forces in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, we concluded that the deployment of additional military resources to manage the situation outside mainland France was probably imminent. Beyond the aircraft tankers used with Morpheus kits for transporting patients, we have above all mentioned the use of amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA), whose hospital facilities are particularly well equipped. The next day, we thus learned from the Ministry of the Armed Forces that a first PHA, the Tonnerre, was to leave in the evening from Toulon in order to participate in the evacuation of patients suffering from Covid-19...

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