Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy 2021

Integrated Review 2021 – Rumour mill

 This is an open post to that will be kept updated in the run-up to the Integrated Review, due to be published in 2021. Here we will list some of the related media speculation and rumours and try to provide some context and comment, especially in relation to the future of the Royal Navy.

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In focus: The Royal Navy’s Echo-class survey vessels

HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise are the Royal Navy’s hydrographic oceanographic survey vessels (SVHO). Designed to survey both coastal and ocean waters, they have also proved flexible and adaptable to a variety of other roles. Here we look at the history, design and service life of these two ships.

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RAF Poseidon Migrants English Channel

Calling in the military to monitor migrants in the English Channel

For the second time in 18 months, the Home Secretary formally requested assistance from the MoD to deal with migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. Here we look at the background, recent actions and available options for government planners.

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Phalanx CIWS Royal Navy

Last ditch defence – the Phalanx close-in weapon system in focus

The ubiquitous Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) provides warships a last line of defence against missiles, aircraft and small boats. Upgraded over time, it has been in service for 38 years with the Royal Navy. Here we look at the history, design and capabilities of this system.

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UK Carrier Strike Group

UK Carrier Strike Group – heading for the South China Sea?

In the first part of this article, we summarised at the political situation and strategic balance in the South China Sea. Here we untangle the confusing statements about whether the UK will send its carrier strike group to the area and take a balanced view about the risks and reward that could accompany such a deployment.

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