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Seaforth World Naval Review 2012 [Hardcover]

Conrad Waters
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20 Oct 2011
Launched in 2009, this annual has rapidly established a reputation as 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. This year special features include in-depth studies of the navies of Brazil, Australia and Pakistan, plus analyses of three significant new warship classes: the USN s advanced amphibious warfare ship Makin Island (LHD-8): Sweden s futuristic Visby class stealth corvettes; and the BAE Systems offshore patrol vessels. 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 has become required reading.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321205
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 24.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,833 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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2012, as usual, is an overstatement! This book was published in 2011, with the most recent info from June 2010 (so it missed the sea trials of l'Adroit in July). Still, a useful review that passes my main test: would I buy a copy every year? Yes, I would, and in fact I have; this is my third, and I will keep buying them if this quality holds up. It is a thorough, across-the-board, sensible overview of the World's navies and fleet planning.

As before, there are highlights of economic and political factors, but the main focus is on the hardware. The review is once again nice and up to date, with lots and lots of good photos, the occasional plan, tables of, for instance, principal navy units per national fleet; and highlighted details on new ship types and concepts.
The main sections are:
1. World fleet reviews by region - dealing with political and financial implications as well, and chapters on the navies of Chile, Australia and Pakistan, plus a review of the impact of the 2010 Strategic Defence Review on the UK Royal Navy.

2. Significant ships: British-built offshore patrol vessels (River and Port of Spain classes plus derivations); USS LHD-8 Makin Island; and Swedish Visby Class corvettes.

3. Technological reviews: developments in modern SONAR, and World naval aviation (including unmanned ones).

The jargon is growing less, year by year, with only the occasional 'force multipliers' or 'azimuthing water-jet buckets'. This series is getting more understandable to the general amateur (like me) - useful, as the Review is now published in China and the USA as well!

All in all, a good and useful overview of the World's 2011 navies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excllent annual revoew 17 Feb 2012
Now in its third year this is a must have if you want to stay up to date with World navies

the combination of short country by country updates together with longer detailed articles on a selection of vessels, navies and technologies is very well done. I especially like the fact that they cast a wide net to cover the smaller nations and what they are building instead of purely concentrating on the major 5-6 nations

Very well produced books as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third iteration of this excellent naval review 15 Jan 2014
By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The author(s) have produced yet another volume of the series, with an excellent blend of individual ship type information, an overview of the new building programs, of individual navies and their planned development, and then some more in depth sections on specific ship classes, specific navies and technological developments. The third edition is certainly as good as the first two and brings some significant updates (with the program cuts following the financial crisis, and a special focus on the UK ones).

This means that the book will not focus on one specific aspect, being neither a definitive volume on all the ship types in operation, nor an authority on doctrinal matters. At the same time the blend gives you the most significant news of the year (2011 - in this respect if follows the format in being named one year in advance) in an easily digestible format, and does so at a price, which is very palatable for what you get.

There is rich photographic material included (largely in B/W). The individual types covered - the British OPVs, the USS Makin Island LHD, and the Swedish Visby corvettes - get good coverage (being more extensive than previously but thereby only three, rather than four types are covered), with a description of the overall history of the projects, as well as the capabilities and envisaged use. These sections could be partially seen as advertorials but are still solidly written.

A similar format is used for the navies in focus - here the Chilean, Australian, Pakistani and the UK ones (the latter with a focus on the Strategic Defence and Security Review) - which, just like the ships, seem to revolve year by year. All the other significant navies are covered briefly, too, just like in the book's earlier iterations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reference unequaled 13 Oct 2013
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A fantastic look at the world’s navies. It is a reference with no equal when you compare its quality with its cost. I have been purchasing these every year since their inception and cannot wait until the next year’s issue.
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