What is Dynamic Force Employment (DFE)?

The most significant element of the NDS [National Defence Strategy], says Mr Shanahan, is “dynamic force employment” (DFE in mil-speak). That refers to moving forces around the world quickly and unpredictably to bamboozle adversaries. Last year, for instance, the USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft-carrier that usually hangs around the Middle East, was abruptly called… Read More

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Sleeping & Smitten…

“A military man can scarcely pride himself on having ‘smitten a sleeping enemy’; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.” Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku (1884 to 1943), speaking about Pearl Harbour in 1942 Yamamoto, original name Takano Isoroku, was a Japanese naval officer who conceived of the surprise attack on the… Read More

Why are the Queen Elizabeth Class of Aircraft Carriers fitted with the 20mm Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS)?

The Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) of aircraft carriers have been fitted with the 20 mm Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS) manufactured by Raytheon rather than the 30 mm Goalkeeper CIWS manufactured by Thales (previously Signaal) to maintain the commonality of fit so as to minimise any additional costs of maintenance and support by having a… Read More

The Former HMS Illustrious

The former HMS Illustrious, a light aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and the second of three Invincible-class ships, was laid down at Swan Hunter on the River Tyne in 1976 and launched in 1978. She ceased operational service with the Royal Navy on the 01 August 2014. Specs: Displacements & Weights: Lightweight: 16000 tonnes. Estimated… Read More