Eric Wertheim is a defense consultant, columnist, and author specializing in naval and maritime affairs. Frequently interviewed by the news media, he has served as a speechwriter for Pentagon officials and a consultant to private industry and the U.S. government. He has been a columnist for Proceedings magazine since 1994. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.

Articles by Eric Wertheim

Port bow view of a Jordanian response boat-medium underway

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
October 2019
Jordan took delivery of two RB-Ms, Singapore decommissioned three Fearless-class patrol combatants, and France commissioned the offshore support vessel Seine.
Port bow view of the French nuclear-powered attack submarine Suffren on the builder's ways

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
September 2019
France launched a new SSN, Germany announced plans for a new type of replenishment tanker, and the RFA Tideforce entered service in July.
Surface port bow view of the German frigate Baden-Württemberg underway

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
August 2019
In June 2019 Germany commissioned its first Type 125 frigate, Italy launched its first PPA patrol ship, and the RANS Success decommissioned.
Italian amphibious assault ship Triest launching at Stabia, Italy

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
July 2019
The Italian and Philippine navies launched new ships while the United States began advanced construction of the Columbia (SSBN-826).
Computer rendering of the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
June 2019
U.S. Coast Guard's polar security cutter contract awarded, Poland orders Agusta‌Westland AW101 helicopters, and Brazil orders the German MEKO A-100 corvette.
Computer rendering of the new MCM vessel ordered by Belgium and the Netherlands in 2019

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
May 2019
Belgium and the Netherlands will acquire 12 new mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, Japan commissioned the submarine Shōryū, and Spain commissioned the offshore patrol vessel Furor.
Aerial port bow view of the French frigate Bretagne underway at sea

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
April 2019
February 2019 saw the French Navy commission the frigate Bretagne, the F-35C Lightning II achieve initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy, and Singapore launch its first Type 218SG submarine.
Starboard bow view of the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) on sea trials.

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
March 2019
The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), the Portuguese Navy's new offshore patrol vessel NRP Setúbal (P363), and the Croatian Navy received the Inshore Patrol Boat Omiš (OOB-31).
Surface port bow view of the ROKS Nojeokbong (LST-689) pierside for her commissioning

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
February 2019
South Korea’s Navy took delivery of the tank landing ship Nojeokbong on 21 November 2018. The LST, expected to enter service in 2019, is the fourth and final unit of ...
U.S. Navy (K. Anderson)

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
November 2016
In July, France bid farewell to one of its most famous combat aircraft with an official retirement ceremony for its last Super Étendard fighter-bomber. In service with the French fleet ...
Sevmash via M. Mazumdar

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
August 2012
India’s newest aircraft carrier, the Vikramaditya, began sea trials off Severodvinsk, Russia, in June, with testing expected to continue into the fall. The 44,000-ton Kiev-class carrier, formerly known ...
Naval Press Service (Michael Nitz)

Combat Fleets

By Eric Wertheim
July 2012
On 27 April India commissioned the first of a new batch of Talwar-class frigates. The INS Teg was built by the Russian shipyard Yantar at Kaliningrad; she is a ...

Books by Eric Wertheim