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Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC Chief Of Staff Capability Commander-in-Chief, Fleet Royal Navy. “How inappropriate to call this plant Earth when it is quite clearly ocean” Arthur C. Clarke. Sea 70.8% Land 29.2% Coastline Global 535,000 m EU 40,700 m UK 7,750 m.

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rear admiral philip wilcocks cb dsc chief of staff capability commander in chief fleet royal navy
Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC Chief Of Staff CapabilityCommander-in-Chief, FleetRoyal Navy
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“How inappropriate to call this plant Earth when it is quite clearly ocean”

Arthur C. Clarke

Sea 70.8%

Land 29.2%

Coastline

Global 535,000 m

EU 40,700 m

UK 7,750 m

strategic shock
Strategic Shock

Previous

  • Black Death impact on 14th C Europe
  • Rapid demise of the Warsaw Pact 1989
  • The attack on the USA in Sep 2001

Future

  • Climate change
  • Globalization
  • Global Inequality
rn vs illegal use of sea

Royal Navy in cocaine drug bust

The Royal Navy ship carried out a dawn raidThe Royal Navy has carried out its fifth drugs bust in three months.

RFA Wave Ruler seized 2.9 tonnes of cocaine in a raid on the rogue Venezuelan-registered boat Oliana 1, some 620 nautical miles from Barbados.

The Royal Navy said the seizure made RFA Wave Ruler the "most successful" British drug ship of recent years.

Defence Secretary Des Browne said "dedication and skill" prevented a "staggering 11 tonnes of cocaine" from reaching the UK and Europe.

RN vs Illegal use of Sea
  • CD operations
    • Caribbean
    • Mediterranean
    • Atlantic
    • Arabian Sea

BBC 29 Nov 06

Total RN drug seizure 2002 – 2006

Value $3 Bn

illegal use of sea
Illegal use of Sea
  • People Trafficking /Economic Migrants
    • Arabian sea
    • Med
    • Atlantic
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Counter Piracy

Horn of Africa

Gulf of Aden

Royal Navy search for 'hijacked ship'

The ship is said to have been seized off Bossasso

The Royal Navy has launched a search for a British ship reportedly hijacked off the north-east coast of Somalia.

RN vs Illegal use of Sea
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“Energy policy …. could be as crucial to our country’s future as defence”

Tony Blair 23 May 2007

The enemies are climate change and the precariousness of future supplies

current challenges
Current Challenges
  • Prevent further environmental degradation of the sea
  • Encourage sustainable economic activity in a secure environment
  • Ensure political commitment to maritime issues
  • Restore a sense of maritime identity
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Illegal use of Sea
  • How is it policed?
  • Impact of TW/EEZ
  • High Seas
  • Constraints of International Law
  • Rules of Engagement

The World’s Navies are the only High Seas “Policemen” today – not a core task though

natural disaster response
Natural disaster response
  • Personnel trained
  • Ships carry relief stores
  • Naval contribution
    • Equipment
    • Logistic Lift
    • Willing and trained personnel
    • Command &

Control

situational awareness
Situational Awareness
  • Underpins all efforts
  • Allows the authorities to see what is happening
  • Fused all source information
  • Real time and analysis
  • Must be interagency
the issues
The Issues
  • Political acceptance & Commitment
  • Legal coherence & Rules of Engagement
  • Information flow
  • Interagency - ability & intent to act
  • Agreed outcomes
  • Adequate Resources
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Situational Awareness
  • Fundamental to operations
  • All source product is key
  • Question “unusual activity”
  • Interaction with other maritime users is essential to gain “ground truth”
scientific support
Scientific Support
  • Post 2004 Tsunami Analysis
    • HMS SCOTT available in area
    • Support to civilian scientists
    • Fast forwarding of data and products to agencies
tsunami in europe
Tsunami in Europe?
  • La Palma
    • Cumbre Vieja volcano
  • EU North Atlantic seaboard at risk
  • Contingency response?