Distinguished guests, members of the Diplomatic Corps, ladies and gentlemen:
Let me begin by thanking Vice Admiral Peter Jones, the President of the Australian Naval Institute for the very kind invitation to join you this evening and offer this oration. It is an honor to be joined by the Patron and dear friend, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, the Chief of Navy and special thanks to Lockheed Martin Australia for their sponsorship of this evening. It is also wonderful to see so many friends from our embassy here, along with many wonderful diplomats, academicians and members of the strategic studies community. Thank you for being here tonight.