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Chief petty officers keep watch on the bridge of the US Navy (USN) Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Billings, in the Caribbean Sea in April 2022. The USN’s Freedom-class LCS vessels are fitted with the Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 system as their combat management system (CMS). (US Navy)

Thinking Warships

The increasing adoption of open architecture and artificial intelligence is growing the capacity of naval combat management systems. In simple terms, naval platforms deliver military...
Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Australia’s Chief of Navy, is pictured onboard the Royal Australian Navy ANZAC-class frigate HMAS Parramatta, while the ship prepared for a regional presence deployment in mid-2022. (Australian Department of Defence, Commonwealth of Australia)

Good Order at Sea Crucial to Australia’s Strategic Interest, Says RAN...

Continued co-operation between navies, maritime forces, and their parent countries remains critical in ensuring good order at sea and the protection of strategic interests,...
TF 59’s commissioning ceremony

Integrating Unmanned Maritime Capabilities to Tackle Hybrid Threats

Western and regional navies operating around the Persian Gulf have for some time faced the challenge of hybrid threats, including from unmanned systems. Now...
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RAN Melds Unmanned Systems Into New Model Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s new strategy for developing unmanned surface and sub-surface systems delivers both capability and capacity to support the navy’s new fleet. Navies...
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Defend and Deter

Published in the November/December 2020 Issue - The air defence threat-and-response equation exists increasingly in integrated layers. Armada looks at two examples of how...
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Better Than Ever?

The Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins-class diesel-electric submarines are delivering improved operational output, just as Australia’s requirement for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) appears to be...
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Unmanned Tranformation

"Autonomous Warrior" drive RAN to boost unmanned system roles in sea control, situational awareness. Royal Australian Navy Task Group-based operations The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is...
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Frigates Stepping-Up

Modern frigates are now being equipped with greater capacity to deliver ‘high end’ force protection. Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group (CSG) The inaugural deployment in...
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Up Gunning: CIWS Threats and Responses

Dr. Lee Willett - Whether to meet state-based or asymmetric threats, close-in weapons system capabilities remain central to naval operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Western navies...
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Competitive advantage

Dr. Lee Willett - The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sees people as central to winning the next fight. Over the last decade, several factors have converged...

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