Published on November 7, 2007
Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC Chief Of Staff CapabilityCommander-in-Chief, FleetRoyal Navy: Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC Chief Of Staff Capability Commander-in-Chief, Fleet Royal Navy Slide2: “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 Global trade routes & Choke points: Global trade routes & Choke points RN vs Illegal use of Sea: 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 RN vs Illegal use of Sea: RN vs Illegal use of Sea 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. Slide12: “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 Illegal use of Sea: 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 Situational Awareness : Situational Awareness Fundamental to operations All source product is key Question “unusual activity” Interaction with other maritime users is essential to gain “ground truth” Illegal commodity routes: Illegal commodity routes 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?