Tim Fish

About Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a defense writer based in New Zealand. He’s written for Shephard Media, Jane’s Navy International, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Monch Publishing and Media Tranasia.


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Indian Navy Expanding to Meet China Threat, Better Team With Allies

Indian Navy Expanding to Meet China Threat, Better Team With Allies

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The INS ‘Nilgiri’, the first of Indian Navy’s seven new stealth frigates, in Mumbai on September 28, 2019. Indian Navy Photo

For most of its existence, the Indian Navy has been in a state of perpetual modernization. Due to its major shipbuilding programs’ long schedules and the continual need to replace older platforms with new ones – especially submarines – Delhi has been unable to meet its shipbuilding goals. Read More

Japan Countering China’s Naval Build-up with Modern Fleet

Japan Countering China’s Naval Build-up with Modern Fleet

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JS Maya(DDG-179) in Port of Kobe, Japan on Nov. 23, 2020. JMSDF Photo

Last month, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned JS Kumano, the first of its new Mogami-class multi-role frigates. The warship was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Tamano and is the first of a planned class of 22 ships that are destined to replace the fleet’s aging Abukuma-class destroyer escorts and Asagiri-class light destroyers. Read More

South Korea's Navy Growing to Counter More Regional Threats Beyond North Korea

South Korea’s Navy Growing to Counter More Regional Threats Beyond North Korea

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The budget for the first three Sejong Daewang-class (KDX-III) destroyers was slated at $1.1 billion per
ship. Its large missile inventory is designed to ensure that the ship has plenty of opportunity to
destroy missile attacks on South Korea from the North. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with a revised status on the CVX program.

The Republic of Korea Navy is no longer solely focused on the threat from its northern neighbor, but is embarking on an expansion to build a fully-fledged blue water fleet. Read More

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

French Attack Boat Design, Costs Opened Door to Nuclear Australian Sub Says Expert

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Proposed Attack-class submarine for the Australian Navy. DCNS Photo

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia’s surprise move to procure nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) with U.S. and U.K. follows difficulties the country has experienced on its SEA 1000 Attack-class future submarine program and the realization that a conventionally powered submarine (SSK) will not meet its future needs, a regional defense expert told USNI News. Read More

Amphibs Called to Evacuate Australian Fire Victims

Amphibs Called to Evacuate Australian Fire Victims

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Evacuees from Mallacoota are transported by landing craft to M/V Sycamore on Jan. 3, 2020. RAN Photo

The wildfires in Australia have damaged significant parts of the country on an unprecedented scale and put large numbers of people at risk in remote locations as well as in population centers. Read More

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

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President Donald J. Trump joined by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrive aboard the JS Kaga Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. White House Photo

When President Donald Trump visited Japan this month, he was taken on board JS Kaga, one of a pair of new Izumo-class helicopter carriers built for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) set to be retrofitted to fly the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The carriers represent a new approach to maritime security that is shifting to a more forward defense posture. Read More

Australia, U.S. Set to Expand Papua New Guinea Naval Base

Australia, U.S. Set to Expand Papua New Guinea Naval Base

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Undated photo of ship approaching the Lombrum Naval Base in Papua New Guinea

The U.S. has announced it will join an Australian effort to push back against China’s expanding presence in South East Asia with the decision join in the modernization of the Lombrum naval base at Manus in Papua New Guinea. Read More