Kiel Seapower Fireside Chat: Brexit - a British naval renaissance?

On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom is scheduled for leave the European Union. Amidst the public and widely discussed turbulence surrounding this decision, national security implications for Britain, the EU and for NATO remain largely opaque.

In light of Brexit, Dr. Duncan Redford, in his talk “Brexit – A Naval Renaissance?”, shed some light on the state of maritime thinking in the U.K., discussed prospects of U.K. naval power, and layed out some historical analogies for waxing and waning naval might.

Please note that the entire event was held under the Chatham House Rule.



About the speaker:

Dr. Duncan Redford is a Historian for the UK Ministry of Defence. Prior to that, he was Head of Research at the Portsmouth-based National Museum of the Royal Navy. He holds a PhD from King’s College, London. A former Royal Navy officer, Duncan joined the Navy in 1991 as a Warfare Officer, carrying out his initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College, HMS Broadsword and HMS Boxer, before being selected to do a BA (Hons) in Maritime Defence, Management and Technology at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. A volunteer for service in submarines, Duncan served on T class hunter-killer submarines at the Second Submarine Squadron, Devonport, and was the Navigating Officer of HMS Tireless and then HMS Turbulent. He left the Royal Navy in 2001.


The Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) provides research, analysis and commentary on conflicts and strategic issues. ISPK is committed to furthering the security policy discourse in Germany and abroad by way of focused, interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research.