In Brief: The Netherlands’ De Zeven Provinciën class frigates

N.R. Jenzen-Jones HNLMS Evertsen on patrol off the Horn of Africa, as part of  NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield. HNLMS Evertsen is one of four De Zeven Provinciën class air defence and command frigates in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine). Evertsen is the youngest of the four, having been completed in 2003 and commissioned in 2005. These ships superseded the…

In Brief: Singapore’s Formidable class frigates

N.R. Jenzen-Jones The Republic of Singapore frigate RSS Formidable (68) during a formation exercise for RIMPAC 2012. Singapore’s Formidable class frigates are considered amongst the most advanced surface combatants in Southeast Asia. Built around a substantially modified version of the French La Fayette class, they feature an advanced stealth design incorporating a range of Radar Cross-Section (RCS) reduction features.…

US MARSEC Capability Development Programs in West Africa: Current Status and Future Prospects

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones &  LT Chad R. Hutchins, USN This piece originally appeared at Information Dissemination.   USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) team members train Kenyan naval personnel on proper apprehension techniques while in port Mombasa, Kenya during Africa Partnership Station – East 2010. West Africa[1] today is plagued by a variety of…

An Industry-Based Approach to Maritime Security in West Africa

by N.R. Jenzen-Jones This piece was written in October 2011. It first appeared in the Journal of International Peace Operations (JIPO) volume 7, number 4. You can find it here.  The sharp rise in piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, has featured prominently in recent news. Piracy as a whole is costing global…