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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know what is going on?, 9 Feb 2014
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seaforth World Naval Review 2014 (Hardcover)
The list of contributors to this work is impressive by any standards. Not only are they from different countries, they bring to the work some very different areas of expertise and equally divers perspectives. Their combined experiences includes naval service, ship building, the development of electronic defence systems, an FAA pilot, a BAE systems engineer, a freelance maritime correspondent, a director of Gryphon Technologies, a British barrister and, in the form of American Norman Friedman, one of the most respected naval historians in the world. The one central thread which binds them all together is, of course, their passion for ships and it is, therefore, safe to say that the technical accuracy of this work is sound. It only remains for me to provide a reader’s insight - based on my own, albeit very different, experience of ships in general.

I am a dedicated shipwreck historian. As such, I get all my facts and figures about ship (and occasionally aircraft) wrecks from every imaginable source. Of these, Jane’s has always been the benchmark for such information. Sadly, accessing these works is not easy - the latest editions retail at over £700 each and have become, therefore, even too expensive for local libraries.

By complete - and very welcome, contrast, this work does not seek to mention each and every ship in service and then repeat much of that information year after year for as long as they remain so. Instead it provides a academic review of what has happened during the previous 12 months and has produced this valuable information every year since its inception in 2009. All things considered, this book is considerable value for money.

Divided into four Sections, we commence with a hugely informative ‘Overview’ before getting down to specifics. Section 2 is then sub-divided into: 2.1; North and South America, 2.2; Asia and the Pacific, 2.2A; Royal New Zealand Navy, 2.3; Indian Ocean and Africa, 2.4; Europe and Russia and 2.4A; The Royal Navy - with the appropriate sub-heading ‘Mind the Gaps.’ It says much for the detail when one learns of the actual colours in the ‘Measure 32’ camouflage scheme applied to the USS Freedom (LCS-1).

Section 3 is titled ‘Significant Ships’ and includes vessels from Japan, Denmark, USA and Germany respectively as follows; Hyuga class DDH-Type Destroyers, Iver Huitfeldt class Frigates, USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) and Type 212A Submarines.

Finally, Section 4, headed Technological Reviews, includes; World Naval Aviation, Current and Future Torpedoes and Building the Type 45 Destroyers.

Fully supported throughout with (mostly B&W) images of the highest possible quality (truly!), there is at least one photograph on almost every page.

This is a work which many enthusiasts will purchase every year in order to provide themselves with an up-to-date review of the world’s naval forces and their fleet plans. Overall it is a pleasure to read and will be equally welcomed by those who enjoy technical detail as much as those who simply want to know what is going on.

NM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but of a good quality. Some ships are featured over a few ..., 24 July 2014
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Plenty of information on the Navies of different regions of the world. Photos are mostly black and white, but of a good quality. Some ships are featured over a few pages and these photo's are in colour. I'm looking forward to the next edition.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We are sailing., 22 Nov 2013
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The 2014 edition of the Seaforth World Naval Review is another high quality, well written and edited insight into naval matters around the world. The ship spotlight features are particularly interesting. Definitely worth a purchase if you have the previous editions. This series is shaping up to be the best source reference material for its subject.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Detail, 24 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed 2013 edition and so also bought back 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions.

I like the drawings and the details of ships armaments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 9 Aug 2014
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only a pity that pictures are black & white.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..worth every penny.., 23 Dec 2013
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..one spends for this book..very good compilation of naval news AND a few in depth articles about new warships and navies..recommandable !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars World Naval Review Rod Scragg, 15 Jun 2014
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The book was top-notch

Service getting it mailed was very good

Would recommend to anyone interested in World Naval things
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great annual package, 12 Mar 2014
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Something to look forward to - a full review of the worlds navies plus an eclectic look at various ships and hardware

Well illustrated and very wide ranging

Excellent value as well
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable up to date reference work, 24 Feb 2014
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I,m very interested in world navies and am particularly concerned about current brutal cutting of the British armed forces.
my wife mentioned the £3 billion budget given to Argentine, it was very interesting to look into Seaforth .No new ships since 1985 and refits badly delayed. However pleased to note the our MOD as watching! ,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Jan 2014
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A great read and a must for anyone with an interest in World Naval affairs. I have taken this every year since it came out!
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