Although not just focussed on Royal Navy issues, written by an Italian commentator who has great in-depth knowledge all 3 of the UK armed forces. His views on naval issues are both expert and reliable. Making a very valuable contribution to the UK defence debate and recommended reading.
The UKNDA is “a campaign for sufficient, appropriate and fully funded Armed Forces that the United Kingdom needs to defend effectively this Country, its people, their vital interests and security at home and throughout the world”. Established in 2007 and campaigning on behalf of all UK armed forces (fiercely tri-service, not just the RN), we would recommend you join this organisation which represents the best attempt yet made to create a respected voice to persuade politicians that the armed forces need an increase in funding.
DS is an independent, self-funded defence and strategy research group, which was formed by ex-members of the UKNDA. Aiming to find ways to support the armed forces within budget, but not being afraid to mention when gaps are not funded or supported properly. Pushing for a much-needed over arching strategic narrative to drive defence policy and working behind the scenes talking to MPs and academics.
An independent web site considering the future Royal Navy and promoting naval affairs. Well written by Richard Beedall, a defence professional, the site contains authoritative articles about warship procurement histories and the future fleet. unfortunately very infrequently updated.
This is a small, independent campaign to promote the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm & Royal Marines in particular. Focused on friendly promotion of the RN, history and charity issues much of the work of the Navy Campaign is working behind the scenes lobbying politicians and media. Sadly due to lack of funding the campaign has been largely inactive since early 2013.
Former Sea Harrier Pilot ‘Sharkey’ Ward is a controversial but forceful defender of naval air power and does not shrink from highlighting RAF propaganda and misinformation.
An informal blog written by a ‘young historian’ commenting on the current state of the Royal Navy, its history and its future.
Journalist, specialising in naval issues writing his own blog.
Established in 2009 by experienced naval officers and academics, this site carried intelligent analysis of defence and maritime strategy issues. Although no longer as active as in the past, their website has been revised with some new papers and some of their best papers are available in their archives.
Written by a civil servant with experience of working in the MoD, provides and interesting perspective on the UK defence issues that we may not always agree with!
The “Save the Royal Navy’ Facebook group (not set up by us or directly affiliated to us) has around 1,500 members and represents a small inroad to reaching the vast and predominantly young audience who use Facebook. Variable quality of debate, comments and knowledge displayed here but interesting nevertheless.
The official MoD web site for the RN – Covers the RN, RFA and Royal Marines in exhaustive detail. The site underwent a major re-vamp in September 2011 and is rich with interactive maps, video and high quality photography. News and information about current operations is cleverly integrated into the site that is both a recruitment tool and worthy advert for the RN.
Released quarterly, this is the Royal Navy’s internal communications video which provides an insight to life in the RN. Often showing the passion that serving personnel in the Navy have for the service and demonstrating how the navy needs and deserves public support as well as continued Government funding.
As the number of stories in the media about the defence crisis is on the increase, the official government view is presented here. Replying to the media stories, many illustrating the neglect and decline of our armed forces. Some poor junior spin doctor in the MoD has to write this stuff, in between announcing combat deaths, trying to put a positive slant on events in the face of a rising tide of mostly bad news.
Published monthly in the UK but with an international and geo-political focus, it carries in-depth articles on RN issues, some of which are available on its website. Great photography and a more technical & international emphasis than Warship World.
This is a dependable (if rather old-fashioned) quarterly magazine covering naval issues both past and present. It is primarily focused on the RN but does feature some international coverage. Published by Maritime Books - a specialist publisher of mainly RN related books, it is written in an accessible style. It has a fine pedigree of being a lone ‘voice in the wilderness’ for many years warning of the dangers of the continual cutting of the RN and is well worth the subscription.
Monthly glossy newspaper and winner of ‘plain English’ awards with great photography and news from around the fleet. Well designed and making good use of photography, it is owned by the MoD. While very informative, the ‘shiny-happy’ Navy News is something of a PR publication. For example disastrous cuts to the fleet are referred to as “defence shake-ups” and the tone is upbeat no matter what. In recent years the presentation has improved but the editorial style has become slightly dumbed-down, e.g. carriers are continually referred to a ‘flat-tops’ Their website is primarily focussed on naval personnel stories than on operational matters.
Our Twitter feed provides current news, information and timely comment on issues affecting the RN. (Under the username @NavyLookout).
Gives help to serving and ex-serving Royal Navy ratings and Royal Marine ranks and their families. A fine charitable organisation filling in gaps where government provision and care is lacking.
Providing a financial advisory service and help with accommodation and resettlement for serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy.
Established to promote the RN and encourage recruitment, foster comradeship and remember those who died whilst serving. Also provides welfare support, employment and financial advice to serving and ex-RN personnel.
A highly successful charity founded in 2007 with growing public and media support that is helping wounded ex-servicemen, particularly the victims of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a sad indictment of this government that it is left to charities to help and rehabilitate servicemen injured serving their country.
Asbestos was used in many naval vessels from the 1940s onwards and was viewed as a kind of miracle material, particularly useful for its insulating properties. However, by the 1960s, the risks associated with asbestos—including the risk of mesothelioma cancerand other lung diseases caused by inhaling the toxic fibers—were becoming evident. Learn more about how sailors were subject to asbestos exposure on naval vessels. (US-based website)
Most well-known for the annual publication ‘Jane’s Fighting Ships‘ the Bible of world naval forces, Jane’s provide extensive intelligence about naval developments both online and in print. Aimed at senior officers and industry professionals, their products are of the highest standard with prices to match.
Covering UK and worldwide naval construction, a good point of reference. Aimed at professionals within the naval technology industries carrying news releases and detailed information on industry projects.
Authoritative news source for commentary and analysis on global defence and military-related topics. (Some content requires free user registration to access papers).
The marine section of the Defence Management Journal website carrys useful articles mainly about RN procurement projects and future fleet (you will need to sign up for a free account).
A professionally run web site, KOFAC is a consortium of trade union, local authority and local community interests looking to sustain the skills and facilities for naval shipbuilding in the North West of England.
This is a discussion board which is part of the US-based siteNavWeaps.com which is mainly focused on international naval history. This forum is inhabited by naval experts and some very knowledgeable enthusiasts discussing a wide range of RN issues.
DefenceTalk.com is an online Community of International Defence experts, professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information. With a professional edge, this is the leading international defence website. It covers RN issues but has a very wide scope. There is a naval forum here and RN photo section here.
Very informal naval gossip and chat forum mainly inhabited by ex-RN and RN personnel commenting on a wide variety of topics.
Warships Photo sites
As the name suggests, this site is mainly for ship photos from the past, although many current photos are posted by mostly UK ship enthusiasts. Some real gems appear here although you will have to register to view the full size pictures. Also has an excellent RFA section.
The largest international site for ship photos. Many good quality photos are posted each day. SHips are categorised by type so there is no naval section – you will need to look up Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, Destroyers etc
Website of Gary Davies, professional maritime photographer. First rate website, blog and photographs. Includes many RN images as well as all kinds of nautical images.
Great library of current and historical RN photos from Plymouth-based photographers. Kindly provided by local enthusiast David Page. Some room for improvement in the presentation.
A historical photo archive that has many original Royal Navy , Kriegsmarine and U-boat photo albums offered as high resolution scans on cds.