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By Curtis Hand, photos from mentioned companies, active hyperlinks in light blue PROLOGUE In the early autumn of 2021, we ran an article about the High-Speed Boat Operations Forum, held biannually and by invitation only and a follow up article with Iceland’s Hefring Marine about measuring “How fast is too fast?” in a combat boat […]


Interview by Curtis Hand, Photos from Hefring Marine Really…How Fast is too fast?…in Iceland?! Well, we can answer that in a moment.  But, while the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine is sharing the result of its rare opportunity to catch up with and interview […]


Interview by Curtis Hand We caught up with OXE Diesel‘s Communication Manager and Board Member Mr Pim Polesie at the HSBO Forum 2021 a number of weeks ago and had a chance to speak with him about their unique engines, ideally suited for special operations forces and emergency services. MSD: Why develop your outboard boat […]

USN Seawolf-Class Collision – Crew Safety Remains Priority

Please see the press release (below) from the US Navy USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of 2 October, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region. There are no life threatening injuries. The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) struck an object while submerged on the […]

Technology Profile: Are Loitering Munitions, Drones or Missiles – or Neither?

interview by Curtis Hand, images from UVision With much mainstream media coverage about global use of weaponised drones  and various types of rockets launched, MSD thought it best to reach out to one of the leaders in aerial weapons – specifically, loitering munitions – for some clarification. After speaking with Mr Dagan Lev Ari (left) […]


HIGH-SPEED BOAT OPERATIONS FORUM 2021 31 August – 2 September 2021 by Curtis Hand, images and video from event speakers and sponsors High speed boat (HSB) experts from around the world have been meeting biennially in Gothenburg Sweden to discuss topics related to police and armed forces waterborne special operations since the forum began in […]

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 […]

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