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Upcoming Events

· 27 April 2017 – ANI Maritime Event at HMAS Albatross: The Future of the Fleet Air Arm. This event is kindly sponsored by Navantia Australia. Details here.
· 20 June 2017 – ANI Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner. Guest speaker: Mr Ric Smith. This event is kindly sponsored by Lockheed Martin.Details and registration here.
· 2017 ANI McNeil Prize – Nominations are called for the 2017 ANI McNeil Prize to be awarded at the Vernon Parker Oration. Details and nomination form here.
· A calendar of events for the ANI and kindred organisations is here.

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