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Seaforth World Naval Review 2010 [Hardcover]

Conrad Waters
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30 Oct 2009
The World Naval Review is designed to fill the need for an authoritative but affordable summary of all that has happened in the naval world in the previous twelve months. It combines the standing features of regional surveys with one-off major articles on noteworthy new ships and other important developments. Besides the latest warship projects, it also looks at wider issues of importance to navies, such as aviation and electronics, and calls on expertise from around the globe to give a balanced picture of what is going on and to interpret its significance. Intended to make interesting reading as well as providing authoritative reference, there is a strong visual emphasis, including specially commissioned drawings and the most recently released photographs and artists impressions. For anyone with an interest in contemporary naval affairs, whether an enthusiast or a defence professional, this annual is set to become required reading.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing; First Edition edition (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848320515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320512
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 26.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CONRAD WATERS, a barrister by training and a banker by profession, has had a lifelong interest in modern navies about which he has written many articles. He also compiled the annual review of navies for the journal Warship.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable, up-to-date review of 2009 1 Jan 2010
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.... and not 2010! This is a trick often pulled by the publishers, but the pubication date is 2009 and from the text I think the most recent info is from around July 2009. Nevertheless, a useful review that passes my main test: would I buy a copy every year? Yes, I would. It is a thorough, across-the-board, sensible overview of the World's navies and fleet planning.
The increasing importance of the Chinese and Indian navy is well-documented; as is that of the South Korean Navy. There are highlights of economic and political factors, but the main focus is on the hardware. The review is nice and up to date, with good photos, the occasional plan, lots of tables of, for instance, principal navy units per national fleet; and highlighted details on new ship types and concepts. There are separate articles, or fleet reviews, of the more important individual navies, in addition to the regional overviews.
Three articles on significant ships conclude the review, just before the final overview of naval aviation: the aircraft carrier Cavour, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, and the Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom.

My few reservations: the review of the US navy, still the biggest of them all of course, reads like a policy paper, in places: "human systems integration principles", 'lifecycle cost avoidance' , and my favourite, "single integrated air picture architecture behaviour model". Is the author taking the Primary Information Surfeit System, or p.i.s.s.? No, it is all perfectly serious, but I prefer the more straightforward articles. Luckily, there are plenty of those.

All in all, a good and useful overview of the World's 2009 navies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars World Naval Review 2010 23 Mar 2010
I love this book. Some books (eg Jane's and Combat Fleets of the World) tend to be lists of ships and their details, while others are more of an overview / commentary of naval matters.

This book strikes me as a balance between the two, in a manner that I haven't seen before, and is very readable with a lot of interesting information and diagrams / photos.

I read a lot around the naval scene and this book is a standout - I plan to buy it every year!

All the best,

Paul Whiffen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead two thirds! 11 Sep 2013
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The first of the series provides a fascinating and appropriately detailed insight into modern navies. The book provides useful stats, pictures and general information for the historian and enthusiast to absorb and enjoy and is a good, sound reference book for the ship modeller. The later books in the series improve the formula.
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