The Australian Naval Institute organises a number of events each year, headed by its signature event, the Vernon Parker Oration and dinner at which the McNeill Prize is presented.
The 2017 oration to be given by former will be held in Canberra on 6 June.
The 2016 oration was given by former Defence Minister and Ambassador to the US, Kim Beazley.
Previous Vernon Parker Orations were delivered by, among others, former Defence Minister and Australian War Memorial Director Brendan Nelson and journalist and naval historian Mike Carlton.
Reports and texts of previous speeches are on the website. Vernon Parker was the first President of the ANI.
Also each year ANI holds the Goldrick Seminar, an academic seminar on a topic of major naval interest.
This year’s seminar will be held in Canberra on 20 October. You can register and pay here. This year the seminar is being held jointly with the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (University of New South Wales – Canberra) at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
This year’s seminar is titled Maritime Operations in the Littoral. Speakers will be drawn from senior levels of Defence, academia, industry and the media. The intention is for the proceedings to be both recorded and later published by ACSACS and on the ANI website.
The event will also see the launch by the Chief of Navy of the book Bravo Zulu: Honours and Awards to Australian Naval People Volume 1, 1900-1974 by Ian Pfennigwerth.
ANI also organises Maritime Events.
This year’s event – for full members of the ANI – is a tour and briefing on board the fleet flagship HMAS Canberra. This will give an excellent opportunity to see first hand the impressive capabilities of the ship following her deployment to Fiji and participation in Exercise Rimpac 2016 off Hawaii. The event will also coincide with the launch of author (and ANI member) Mike Carlton’s book Flagship.
This year’s event in September now booked out.
Next year’s event is on 27 April 2017 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra. The theme is future operations of the new Fleet Air Arm. The event will combine presentations by Navy and industry, an open forum and tours of aircraft and facilities.
Further details will be promulgated when finalized.