Alexander Clarke

Alexander Clarke

Dr. Alexander Clarke recently finished his Ph.D. in British naval aviation during the 1920-1930s at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He writes here in a personal capacity.

Europe and ship-to-shore manoeuvres

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In this third post in the special focus series on European navies, Alexander Clarke looks at the challenges associated with investing in ship-to-shore naval vessels and asks if they are relevant to European navies.

Europe and the future of cruisers

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In this second post in a special focus series on European navies, Alexander Clarke looks at the continued relevance of cruiser vessels and the reason behind why some navies still invest in such vessels.

Supporting British naval aviation

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In this article, Alexander Clarke argues that while HMS Queen Elizabeth gives Britain a carrier capability the government will now have to think seriously about naval aviation capabilities.

We have the centrepiece…but what about the rest of the board?

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In this article, to commemorate the launch of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Alexander Clarke argues that while the carriers will be the centrepiece of British naval strategy for the coming decades, more capabilities will be needed for Britain to really project power.

European navies and surface warfare

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In this article, Alexander Clarke argues that, unlike the United States Navy, European navies do not seem to be having a conversation about producing quicker and more flexible surface warfare capabilities.

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