Maritime trade subject of Goldrick seminar

 2019 ANI GOLDRICK SEMINAR . Maritime Trade and its Implications for Australia’s Defence.Wednesday 18 September 2019 

Co-convened with the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, and the Submarine Institute Australia 

The 2019 ANI Goldrick Seminar will discuss defence issues associated with the maintenance of Australia’s maritime trade. Speakers will be drawn from senior levels of Defence, academia and industry. As in previous years, the theme – Maritime Trade and its Implications for Australia’s Defence – was selected by the Chief of Navy; an outcomes report will be provided to the Chief of Navy and it is anticipated that the proceedings will be subsequently published by ACSACS. 

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2019 CN Naval Essay deadline extended

The deadline for the Chief of Navy Essay Competition has been extended to 27 August 2019. The essay aims to promote knowledge of and interest in a thinking, fighting, Australian Navy.

There will be three (3) divisions with a prize of $5,000 to be awarded to the author of an essay in each division. Honourable mentions may also be made at the discretion of the judging panel.

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Sir Angus Houston to be 2019 Vernon Parker Orator

Lockheed Martin 2019 Vernon Parker Oration and Dinner

Guest Speaker:Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) Chair, Defence SA Advisory Board. Former Chief of the Defence Force

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 6.15pm for 7.00pm. Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

Book online via Sticky Tickets here.

But if you are uncomfortable booking online, you can download a booking form in either Word or PDF format:

The Australian Naval Institute is pleased to announce that Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) will deliver the 2019 Vernon Park Oration. Sir Angus was the Chief of the Defence Force from 2005 to 2011. Since his retirement from the military, he has been appointed to a number of positions including Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast and Chair of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board; the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Supashock Advanced Suspension Advisory Committee, from which he continues his commitment to serve Australia in leadership roles.

Drinks at 6.15pm, Dinner at 7.00pm. Dresss: Lounge Suit 

Cost:  ANI Members: $110.00; Non-members: $135.00; Oration & 12 months membership: $195.00. 

RSVP:   Email:;  Phone: +61 (0) 2 6290 1505;   Mail: PO Box 241, Deakin West ACT 2600.                              

Bookings close at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The ANI 2018 Annual General Meeting

The ANI 2018 Annual General Meeting was held at the Australian Defence Academy on 19 November. Preceding the event the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnstone gave an illuminating presentation on the significant issues with which the Defence senior leadership are dealing. He then took questions from the members.

At the AGM the President, Vice Admiral Peter Jones (retired) gave his report which can be read here.. The Treasurer, Commander Nick Tate, presented the financial statement. The finances are healthy with the Profit & Loss Statement at the end of this article.

An election for the new Council was undertaken. Four Councillors retired and were thanked for their contribution. Commodore Lee Goddard retired as Vice President but remained on the Council. The new Council is as follows:

President: Vice Admiral Peter Jones (retired)
Vice President: Commodore Alison Norris
Secretary: Lieutenant Commander Stephanie Foulkes
Treasurer: Commander Nick Tate
Councillors: Mr Steve Bell
Lieutenant Andrew Collingwood
Mr Greg Gilbert
Commander Geoff McGinley
Commodore Lee Goddard
Commander Richard Hobbs
Commodore Justin Jones
Mr Brian Mansell
Lieutenant John Nash
Midshipman Ben Page
Captain Tom Phillips
Brigadier Will Taylor (retired)
Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods
Public Officer Mrs Sue Hart

Also joining the Council in December will be Midshipmen Kayla De Witt and Mitchell Rowe.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Will Taylor on the early work of the Council in developing the next iteration of the ANI Strategy. This will be further discussed at the first meeting of the new Council which will be held in December. More information provided to members in due course.

2018 Goldrick Seminar – a great success

More than 230 people attended the 2018 Goldrick Seminar at the Australian Defence Academy on 17 September. A distinguished array of speakers including the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mead, addressed the audience on the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. Continue reading

HMAS Adelaide helps install Free French governor

Latest episode of Australian Naval History video podcast series.
The intriguing story of the cruiser HMAS Adelaide’s involvement in helping to install a Free French governor in New Caledonia during World War II is the subject of the latest Australian Naval History video podcast series. Continue reading

Bravo Zulu Project. Special offer

Special Discounted Offer for Advance Purchases

The second volume of Bravo Zulu, scheduled for release in October 2018, traces the history and significant events in Australia’s navy from 1975 to the RAN’s Centennial year of 2014, through the stories of those of its men and women selected to receive honours and awards. Continue reading