Sea Control Episode 179: The Bilgepumps, Part 2

By Alex Clarke

Run fast, it’s another historically informed maritime current events podcast – or possibly what three naval geeks trapped in a pub would sound like if recorded.

So what is part two about? Well the #Bilgepumps team is talking about China in the East and South China Seas again, what is the difference between gunboat diplomacy and naval diplomacy, the American Navy, several frigate projects, and our idea for a huge WWII anniversary exercise involving every allied ship you can think off and oh so much history.

#Bilgepumps is a fresh new series, and we don’t know if it is going to be popular or hated, so we hope you like it and enjoy the discussion. For any comments or suggestions please tweet them at the Bilgepump crew (with #Bilgepump) at Alex (@AC_NavalHistory), Drach (@Drachinifel), and Jamie (@Armouredcarrier). Or you can comment on our Youtube channels (listed down below). 

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6 thoughts on “Sea Control Episode 179: The Bilgepumps, Part 2”

  1. Very much enjoyed the discussion, particularly on war games and simulated causalities, putting lower ranking officers in command. Last year ‘Proceedings’ had an excellent essay on that very topic, and they printed my letter in response which pointed out that what was discus was exactly what occurred in the first part of David Weber’s sci-fi novel “On Basilisk Station.” You three are all great, but it be wonderful if you could include in a future podcast an American naval expert, since the USN is discussed so much.

  2. This is becoming my favorite podcast. As an anglophile yank I appreciate the UK perspective. I also really like the blend of current and historical perspectives. It seems like the guys are having a good time which makes the podcast informative AND entertaining (it would be fun to see a recording of a zoom session on youtube). I really hope this becomes an ongoing series.

  3. I’ve listened to both podcasts now and find them well worth my time. This second one helped me understand a side of ‘gunboat diplomacy’ I never fully considered. Blending the past historical examples with modern day operations is a fine idea. It would be better if there were some sort of reading list that the ‘three amigos’ could agree on for listeners to dive deeper on their own, but that is a minor suggestion. I’ll keep listening, thanks for putting this together.

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