Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Naval power in the Red Sea

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released/Flickr. Red Sea - Feb. 18, 2011: Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jose Lopez-Davila rides an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), in background, during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise.

On Feb. 28, Frederick Van Lokeren published a good summary titled “The Naval Balance of Power: The Red Sea” in The Geopolitical and Conflict Report.

His primary focus is on the countries that border the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba, although he omits any mention of the role of Jordan.

The analysis would have been more complete if he addressed the presence of naval vessels in the Red Sea from European countries, the United States, Russia and especially Turkey, a rising naval power in the region.

You can access the analysis here.

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