The Return of Britain's Strategic Vision

In previous Murrinations, we have predicted that Britain is the only nation within the old SWCE (the Super Western Christian Empire) that is in phase of expansion, post the loss of its empire. This expansion, like all others in history, as it undergoes a new phase of regionalisation is driven by expanding demographics. Such a concept of British ascension, whilst the rational conclusion derived by the application of the principals of the Five Stages of Empire, is hard for both myself and many of the British population to reconcile emotionally. However, that too is consistent with the Empire cycle, as national self-confidence has yet to be build to a point where collective self-belief is manifested on a daily basis within society as signals confirming the expansion of the UK continue to appear. One such signal is the announcement that the Royal Navy is to expand its base in Bahrain to accommodate both its new aircraft carriers and their accompanying defensive screen of Type 45 destroyers. This comes at a time when the US Navy is focusing on the containment of Chinese naval ambitions and thus, it seeks to concentrate its naval force against its main strategic competitor, whilst the RN increases its role in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. We saw a similar development in the past when Churchill as the First Sea Lord negotiated with the French that they should take sole responsibility for the naval security of the Mediterranean, allowing the Grand Fleet to focus entirely on containment of the German Navy. Such an arrangement is also reminiscent of the agreement between the RN and USN in WWII when the RN took responsibility for the Indian Ocean and the USN for the Pacific. The location of RN carrier groups in the Indian Ocean will mean that they can effect events both in the Middle East and also apply leverage against China along its vital supply routes to the Middle East and Africa. The senior admirals of the RN have demonstrated a strategic thought process that is currently absent from our political body and the other armed forces, but which is consent with the observation that throughout the history of the SWCE, it has been the leaders of navies that have demonstrated a mastery of global strategy above that of the leaders of other services. But then, our planet is three quarters ocean and only one quarter land.