NOSI’s Top 10 Naval Trends of 2007
Naval Open Source Intelligence is a good set of quick links to international navy-related stories in the news. Each year, they also add a summary of their take on the most significant trends and items to their “Naval Year in Review” set. They’ve added the 2007 list, which includes competing sovereignty claims over the Northwest Passage, the Chinese satellite killer missile test, the “Anbar Awakening” movement in Iraq, the resurgence of the Russian Navy (hence our photo of a TU-26 Backfire bomber and an F-16), US Navy recommendations re: climate change, and what NOSINT sees as a growing crisis in U.S. Navy shipbuilding, as shown by the crumbling of the Littoral Combat Ship program.
The page includes Naval Year in Review lists that go all the way back to 2000. It’s one person’s opinion, but our readers many find it interesting.
ADDENDUM: We’ve had readers go back and forth with proposed corrections re: the F-16 in the picture: Dutch, or Norwegian. Reader Adriaan van der Sluijs has the most convincing argument, however:
“It’s the markings at the tail and the absence of the Dutch roundel. Moreover, the colour of the plane is lightish grey whereas the Dutch F-16s are darker two-tone grey. Point is that Dutch & Norwegian F-16s were built at Fokker, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The reg. number also is not in Dutch inventory.”