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Coffee Klatch: Training to Inflict Pain, Not Receive It

by Curtis Hand, images from Chiron Global Tech   While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview another innovator unknown to us previously, Justin Forsell (right), Co-Founder, Chiron Global Tech. He gave us some of […]

NATO Ships Take Part in Exercise Breeze in the Black Sea

edited and posted by Curtis Hand – photo credit NATO It was annouoced this afternoon that NATO ships are took part in Exercise Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 11 July and wraps up on 19 July, involves forces from 14 NATO Allies and partners – Albania, Belgium, […]

Magics of STP Type Tests – Addressing Ship Water Fouling

Almost all marine sewage treatment plants (STPs) have been type tested on land, but the majority of which do not meet the performance standard on ships – and not even able to conform to the STP testing guidelines, according to the team. Below is a peer reviewed Whitepaper from experts on waste water and sewage […]

Japan Defence Whitepaper Available Here

a note from Curtis Hand, Online Editor, MSD magazine Japan’s MoD released its Whitepaper on defence, addressing threats, reasons for concern, opportunities and goals present in its region. The summary is available in English here (see below) and is rather easy to follow as it expains Japan’s coming agenda.  Click  below in order to download […]

MSD The Coffee Klatsch: Security is Beyond Seeing

Interview by Curtis Hand While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Nir-Or‘s CEO, BGen (Ret.) Roy Riftin.  BTW – the General will be presenting at DEFEA –  Defence Exhibition Athens, taking place from 13-15 […]

RNLN Adm Rob Bauer Begins NATO Military Committee Chairmanship

edited by Curtis Hand Adm Rob Bauer (photo, right) of the Royal Netherlands Navy took over as Chair of the NATO Military Committee. Elected in October 2020, Adm Bauer begins his three-year tenure just one week after the recent Brussels Summit with Heads of State and Government. With the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda agreed, the […]

USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns from 79-Day Counter-Narcotics Patrol

edited by Curtis Hand from press statement. All images: USCG. The crew of the US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Tahoma (WMEC 908) returned to Kittery on Friday after a successful 79-day counter-narcotics and smuggling patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The Tahoma’s crew interdicted two vessels, seizing 7,300 pounds of cocaine, worth a combined total of […]

USCG Leadership Praised and Promoted

by Curtis Hand, from press release and internal resources Less than 12 hours after MSD Online reported the US Coast Guard (USCG) Pacific Area Command change on Wednesday, 16 June – whereby RAdm Peter W Gautier relieved VAdm Linda L Fagan as the acting Pacific Area Commander at Coast Guard Base Alameda on the US […]

US Coast Guard Pacific Area Held Change of Command Ceremony

by Curtis Hand with content from Press Release The US Coast Guard Pacific Area Command (USGC-PAC) hosted a change of command ceremony Wednesday, 16 June, at Coast Guard Base Alameda. The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition. The event, which has remained unchanged for centuries, includes a reading of the command orders in the […]

MSD Coffee Klatch with Glaucus. The FRSN: Keeping the Mission Active

Interview by Curtis Hand While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a primo opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Christoffer Gregers Glæsel, Managing Director, Glaucus ApS about the FRSN Forward Repair System NATO and how it keeps the mission active. MSD:  […]


by Michael Meyer Serious kidnapping cases are increasing in the Gulf of Guinea. Battle-hardened pirates are becoming more professional. Politicians and regulators are lagging behind these developments. Pirates and shipping have formed an indissoluble relationship for centuries, imposed by one side but chained together by inseparable bonds. The number of cases fluctuates and the so-called […]


by Curtis Hand CHALLENGE: Piracy continues to threaten seafarers in strategic waters and EEZs worldwide. Vigilance, preparation, early detection and rapid response remain the best means to counter pirate tactics since the earliest days of armed robbery on the high-seas. However, these are difficult to achieve because pirate vessels range in size from high speed skiffs […]


by Igor Tabak (All photos accredited to contributor) The Adriatic, as an enclosed part of the Mediterranean, has a long tradition of maritime commerce, shipbuilding and – more lately – tourism. In recent years, it has been a relatively calm area on the very fringe of the major transport or migrant routes, with most coastal […]

EDITORIAL – Britain’s Integrated Review: Setting a Course for Change

by Conrad Waters, Co-Editor in-Chief, Maritime Security & Defence March 2021 saw the conclusion of a long-awaited review of the United Kingdom’s future security and defence policy with the publication of two important documents aimed at setting out a framework for the post-Brexit era.  Whilst squarely directed towards defining “Global Britain’s” strategic relationship with the […]

Operation Irini: UN Security Council Renews Inspection Authorisation

from Official Press Release with minor edits by Curtis Hand The UN Security Council renewed the authorisation for inspections by Operation Irini for one more year. With the vote on Thursday, the UN Security Council extended the Resolution 2292 of 2016 that allows offshore inspections and port diversions of vessels suspected of breaches of the […]

EUNAVFOR MED IRINI’s 4th webinar: “A strategic compass for a Mediterranean maritime security”

Another edition of SHADE is scheduled for 26 May at 1500 hours CET / Six Bells of the Afternoon Watch Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI is organizing the 4th webinar to walk the Road to Shade Med: “A strategic compass for a Mediterranean maritime security” in collaboration with La Sapienza University of Rome and Nato Defense […]

US Navy Exclusive: International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium

The International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium series is the only US Navy-sponsored event that has sole focus on naval mine warfare and related technologies. This event is jointly sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association and the US Naval Postgraduate School – and held every odd year in Monterey, California USA. With COVID restrictions still in […]

US Coast Guard Renews Cooperation and Influence in Tunisia

Yesterday (04 May 2021), the US Coast Guard (USCG) announced from Tunisia’s capital Tunis that it continues to build ties with the Tunisia Coast Guard – which shares the Mediterranen Dialogue Countries obligations. On 25 April 2021, The Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) departed Tunis […]

Maritime Patrol: Aeronautics’ New Orbiter 4 Small Tactical UAS Advantages

edited by Curtis Hand from Press Releases Aeronautics Group introduces its Orbiter 4 small tactical UAS, capable of performing long-range, long-endurance maritime patrol missions. Aeronautics averred that its Orbiter 4’s high-performance EO/IR and MPR payloads are ideal for maritime monitoring, off-shore protection, seaborne interdiction and tracking of illegal activities (illicit arms, drugs, fishing, and people […]

MSD Coffee Klatch with the Avnon Academy: “Knowledge is Power” is Not Just a Slogan; It is a Call to Action.

The MSD Coffee Klatch.  This is the first weekly installment of a series of quick chats planned with various industry insiders who are uniquely-qualified to provide insight on specific subjects. In this format, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine conducts a short interview – taking as much time to read as it would to visit […]


The New Geo-Polotical Challenges in an Evolving Mediterranean While the SHADE MED2021 is the annual conference on Mediterranean is planned for this autumn and organised by EUNAVFOR MED / Operation IRINI, it has begun already this spring with important events leading up to SHADE MED, including webinars such as the pne planned for tomorrow. (“We […]

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