Jon Rosamond

About Jon Rosamond

Jon Rosamond is a London-based freelance defense journalist specializing in the naval and maritime security arenas, having previously edited Jane’s Navy International and served as defense correspondent on The News in Portsmouth, England, home of the Royal Navy.


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U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

U.K. Revives Dreadnought Name for Successor SSBNs

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). UK Ministry of Defense Photo

LONDON — The first of the Royal Navy’s future ballistic nuclear missile submarines will be known as HMS Dreadnought, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on Friday. Read More

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

New U.K. Defense Plan: Britain Plans to Buy P-8 Poseidons, Commits to F-35 Procurement

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft departs Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 20, 2014. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated the incorrect number of planned Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy. The U.K. anticipates building eight of the new ship class, not five.

LONDON — Five years after a cash-strapped Great Britain retired the last of its Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft from frontline duty, Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a belated replacement for the vital capability—in the shape of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Read More

U.S., U.K. Navies Expanding Experiments Using 3D Printing

U.S., U.K. Navies Expanding Experiments Using 3D Printing

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach off HMS Mersey. UK Royal Navy Photo

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach off HMS Mersey. UK Royal Navy Photo

LONDON — While U.S. Navy sailors have trialed the use of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology to build a miniature quadcopter aboard USS Essex (LHD-2) and fly it around the hanger deck, it’s their British counterparts who were first to launch a 3D-printed fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle from a ship. Read More

DSEI: ONR Faces Uphill Struggle to Cut UAV Manpower Costs

DSEI: ONR Faces Uphill Struggle to Cut UAV Manpower Costs

A Marine uses a handheld tablet to request resupply during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) helicopter flight demonstration with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program in early 2014. US Navy Photo

A Marine uses a handheld tablet to request resupply during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) helicopter flight demonstration with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program in early 2014. US Navy Photo

LONDON — The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is making giant strides in its quest to develop the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but hopes that their introduction into service will result in manpower savings may be misplaced. Read More

DSEI: Chinese Expansionism Presents Challenge and Opportunity, Says Admiral

DSEI: Chinese Expansionism Presents Challenge and Opportunity, Says Admiral

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert departs the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Datong FFG 580 on July 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert departs the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Datong FFG 580 on July 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a revised headline that better reflects the comments of Rear Adm. Jeff Harley.

LONDON— A two-star U.S. Navy admiral has played down fears that the Chinese government’s apparent determination to pursue its territorial claims in the South China Sea will lead inevitably to war. Read More

Britain’s Top Admiral: U.S., U.K Planning For ‘Closer and Stronger’ Naval Alliance

Britain’s Top Admiral: U.S., U.K Planning For ‘Closer and Stronger’ Naval Alliance

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir George Zambellas participate in a moderated talk focused on the future of the British-American naval alliance at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs on July 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Adm. Sir George Zambellas participate in a moderated talk focused on the future of the British-American naval alliance at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs on July 15, 2015. US Navy Photo

LONDON — Five years ago the Royal Navy was reeling from the impact of the British government’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), a financially-driven undertaking that resulted in the scrapping of the last two Invincible-class light aircraft carriers, the withdrawal from service of their Harrier jets, the sale of one amphibious-dock ship and the mothballing of another and severe cuts to the destroyer and frigate force. Read More