‘A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut’? Naval Gunfire Support During the Malayan Emergency

Paget, Steven (2017) ‘A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut’? Naval Gunfire Support During the Malayan Emergency. Small Wars & Insurgencies, 28 (2). pp. 361-384. ISSN 0959-2318

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09592318.2017.1288403

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The utility of naval gunfire support (NGS) during the Malayan Emergency has been the subject of significant scrutiny. While the limitations of NGS were demonstrated in Malaya, it also has proven to be extremely useful under certain circumstances. The circumstances in which NGS has proven effective during earlier and later insurgencies have generally reflected those of the Malayan Emergency. Recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have been less conducive to the application of maritime power, but they did not denote the end of the naval role or the potential usefulness of NGS in counterinsurgency operations. NGS is an unheralded capability, but, aside from the historical significance, it remains relevant in the contemporary era under the right conditions.

Keywords:Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Malayan Emergency, Naval Gunfire Support
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
L Social studies > L251 Strategic studies
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:45953
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 12:19

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