July 2016 - Kemplon Engineering

1 - HMS Hermes Carried Many of the Modern Carrier’s Features

A Century of the Aircraft Carrier

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^ HMS Hermes Carried Many of the Modern Carrier’s Features
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‘An airplane-carrying vessel is indispensable. These vessels will be constructed on a plan very different from what is currently used. First of all, the deck will be cleared of all obstacles. It will be flat, as wide as possible without jeopardizing the nautical lines of the hull, and it will look like a landing field.’

Clement Ader in L’Aviation Militaire, 1909

War, the Father of Invention

Wars can and usually do spark fantastic innovations because even tiny advancements can define the difference between life and death, triumph and disaster, glory and condemnation. The history of aircraft carriers is inextricably geared to wars and the urge to win through creativity. Read More

1 - The Naval Battle of Gravelines

Aircraft Carriers & the Paramount Importance of Naval Supremacy

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^ The Naval Battle of Gravelines

Image Courtesy of Nicholas Hillard’s Painting: Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada

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Global Ascendance via Naval Dominance

Wisdom, they say, is timeless. Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan in 1890 penned down one such classic of imperishable permanence. Not many know of it. Perhaps because the towering insights it depicts limit its audience to a few shrewd men.

Be as it may, the book goes around by the name of The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783. Captain Mahan was a lecturer in naval history and the president of the United States Naval War College. Read More

1 - July 2014 Launch of the HMS Queen Elizabeth II

HMS Queen Elizabeth: The Largest Ever British Aircraft Carrier

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^ July 2014 Launch of the HMS Queen Elizabeth II (R08) 

Image Courtesy of Photo: HMS Gannet / MOD

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Shifting Battlegrounds & the Need for Flexible Military Weapons

Back in 1997, the U.K. government conducted a Strategic Defense Review (SDR) to revaluate the utility of every existing and in-procurement military weapon systems. This did not apply to the Vanguard class ballistic missile submarine and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1991, the Cold War had ended in favor of the United States (U.S.). Any direct military threat to U.S.’ close ally – Britain – had therefore ceased to exist. For the time being, that is. Read More

2 Yak-38 with Folded Wings

Exploring the Fantastic Utility of Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) Aircrafts

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^ Yak-38 with Folded Wings Onboard a Soviet Aircraft Carrier  

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How Important is Resource Management?

In his 1989 bestseller The Negotiator, Frederick Forsyth makes a billion dollar observation through a fictional character named Marshal Koslov of the Soviet Red Army. It goes like this:

Like all experienced combat men, Koslov knew better than most that battles are not won by courage or sacrifice or even clever generals; they are won by having the right gear in the right place at the right time and plenty of it.

By transporting great many and diverse kinds of aircrafts to within striking distance of the battle zone, aircraft carriers ensure just that – plenty of right gear in the right place at the right time. Read More

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What BREXIT Holds in Store for Global Shipping?

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^ Shipping is a Potent Instrument of Globalization

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Contradictory Forces at Play

On June 24, 2016, Britain woke up to a sunny morning. Quite a contrast to the rainy, foggy, and somewhat bleak previous day. For on June 23 when, in a referendum, 51.9% of the British voters decided in favor of the UK exiting the European Union (EU). Read More