Goldrick seminar 26 Oct – future of submarines

USS LOS ANGELES and HMAS FARNCOMB during Exercise Lungfish 99


Submarine Operations Today and in the Future
Co-convened with the Submarine Institute Australia and the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.

Proudly sponsored by:

Thursday, 26 October 2017.

The undersea environment is the most complex and challenging operating environment for Navies. This year’s Goldrick Seminar will discuss these complexities and the new capabilities that will equip the Navy and other elements of the Australian Defence Force.

This seminar is being held jointly with Navantia Australia, the Submarine Institute of Australia and the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society. The venue will be the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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.

Registration, which includes morning tea and lunch, is $50 for ANI Members and non-ANI members. ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets are offered complimentary registration, but are required to register.

Bookings and registration can be made via One Stop at UNSW at ADFA here..

Bookings and registrations for the 2017 Goldrick Seminar close at 4.00pm on Tuesday,
17 October 2017

Seminar Speakers:

Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program
Captain Geoff Wadley, Commander Submarines
Mika Ihalainen, Swedish Defence Attaché Australia and New Zealand
Commodore Peter Scott
Commodore Lee Goddard, Vice President ANI
Rear Admiral James Goldrick

When: 8.30am – 4.00pm on Thursday, 26 October 2017

Where: Adams Auditorium, Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2600

Dress: S7/Business attire

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Session 1: Submarine Operations
0830 Registration
0900 Administrative Remarks Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods (MC)
0905 Opening Remarks and Keynote Address Keynote Speaker tbc
0930 History of submarine operations: how we employ them in the past and present. RADM Greg Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program
1010 The strategic role of submarines in the 21st century. Andrew Davies, Director Defence & Strategy Program, ASPI
1050 Morning Tea
1110 The Current Force. CAPT Geoff Wadley, COMSUB
1150 Swedish submarine operations in littoral waters – the strategic context. Mr Mika Ihalainen, Swedish Defence Attaché Australia and New Zealand.
1230 Lunch

Session 2: Submarine Platform & People
1315 Future Technologies. Mr David Kershaw, Chief Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology.
1350 . The Design Approach to Submarines. Mr Brent Clark, CEO, Naval Group Australia
1425 Future technologies in ASW. Navantia
1445 Submarines and industry CDRE Peter Scott
1515 Concluding Remarks RADM James Goldrick

1555 Launch of Australian Naval History Podcast Series (Oberon Submarines)

Afternoon Tea and Close. Professor John Arnold, Deputy Rector, UNSW at ADFA

Naval officers’ annual lunch 17 Nov.

Annual Lunch 15 Nov 17. Guest of Honour and Guest Speaker: Mr Dennis Richardson, AO, who has recently retired as the Secretary of the Department of Defence. 12.30pm – 2.45pm.Wednesday 15 November 2017.

The “Apollo” Room, The Hellenic Club (Woden), Matilda St, Phillip ACT 2606. The Apollo Room is at the top of the stairs on the first floor and is a private function facility with its own facilities including bar and rest rooms. Club Membership and/or sign-in is not required.


· Apollo Room Opens 1200

· Sit down: 1300

· Conclusion of formal activities: 1435 (Approx.)

· Apollo Room closes: 1530

Parking: Onsite at the Club and car parks opposite. Tickets for the Club car park will be validated at the front desk on departure.

Cost: $65.00 per head.

Who: The Annual Lunch is for all Serving and Retired Naval Officers and spouses/partners/family.

RSVP is essential. Details are:

· RSVP to: Anthony Flint – (

· Payment: NWOA Account: BSB: 032-000, Account Number: 100155. Request include “CBR Lunch 17” and your name with the payment.

International affairs conference

AIIA National Conference 2017
08:30 – 17:30 16 Oct 2017. Canberra.

The AIIA’s National Conference is Australia’s premier event on Australian foreign policy. The 2017 National Conference will bring together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts:

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator The Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader, The Australian Greens
The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA, AIIA National President

More information here.

Coming launch of Australian Naval History Video and Podcast Series

On 3 October 2017 the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, will launch the Australian Naval History video and podcast series at the Seapower Conference in Sydney. This series is produced by the Naval Studies Group at University of NSW Canberra in partnership with the Australian Naval Institute, the Naval Historical Society, the RAN Seapower Centre and the Submarine Institute of Australia. Continue reading

Winner of the Australian Naval Institute’s 2017 McNeil Prize

2017 McNeil Prize winner, Peter Evans (SAAB Australia); VADM David Johnston (CJOPS); Elspeth Killip (McNeil); Vince Di Pietro (CEO Lockheed Martin); CMDR Lee Goddard (ANI Vice President).
THE winner of the Australian Naval Institute’s 2017 McNeil Prize is Mr Peter Evans from Saab Australia Pty Ltd. The prize was given at the Institute’s Annual Dinner at the Realm Hotel in Canberra. It is awarded to ‘an individual from Australian industry who has made an outstanding contribution to the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy.’ Continue reading

Law of Sea conference in Canberra 22-23 Aug

2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised. Although the Convention enjoys almost universal acceptance by states, significant differences persist in its interpretation and implementation. Nowhere has its continued utility been more keenly tested than in the Asia Pacific region. In particular, the 2016 award in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China) continues to drive a considerable academic and political discourse.Continue reading

The DDGs in Vietnam & Lessons for the RAN

The DDGs in Vietnam & Lessons for the RAN. 17 August 2017. Canberra.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the RAN involvement in the Vietnam War, the Naval Studies Group of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Canberra will hold two seminars. The first is The DDGs in Vietnam & Lessons for the RAN, 1pm-5pm 17 August at Lecture Theatre 12, Building 32, UNSW Canberra,Australian Defence Force Academy campus, Northcott Drive, Campbell ACT. The second will be the RAN Helicopter Flight in Vietnam in October at the Australian Naval Aviation Museum.

Just two years after the first of three Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers (DDGs) entered service in the RAN, HMAS Hobart sailed for the Vietnam War. This seminar examines the impact of the DDGs on the RAN, their role in the Vietnam War, logistics and technical issues as well as the human dimension. The papers will be presented by a distinguished array of speakers including five admirals involved with a deep understanding of the destroyers service in the Vietnam War.


CONTACT: Dr Rita Parker
Tel: 02 6268 8906
Australian Centre for the Study
of Armed Conflict and Society
University of New South
Wales, Canberra.

1300: Registration
13:30-13:40: Introduction. Rear Admiral James Goldrick.
Welcome. Professor Michael Frater, Rector UNSW Canberra.
13:40-14:05: The Impact of the DDGs on the RAN Naval Operations. Vice Admiral David Shackleton
14:05 14:30: The Impact of the DDGs on the RAN Naval Operations. Vice Admiral Rob Walls
14:30-14:55: Technical Matters. Rear Admiral Peter Purcell
14:55: Break
15:10-15:35: Logistics Matters. Rear Admiral David Campbell
15:35-16:00: Through the Lens of a Junior Officer. Captain David Cotsell
16:00-16:25: Through the Lens of a Junior Officer. Warrant Officer Peter Eveille.
16:25-16:55: Panel. Professor Tom Frame.
16:55-17:00: Closing. Vice Admiral Peter Jones.

ANI Maritime Event: The Future of the Fleet Air Arm

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, RAN, delivers the key note speech during the Australian Naval Institutes Maritime event, The future of the Fleet Air Arm at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra.
The ANI successfully staged the 2017 Navantia Australia Maritime Event, The Future of the Fleet Air Arm, on Thursday 27 April 2017 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra.

There was a strong attendance from Navy, Defence, industry and the general public. The presentations provided over the wide range of the Fleet Air Arm were excellent.

The day’s presentations highlighted what a bright future the Fleet Air Arm has in store. Judging by the calibre of presenters, it also showed that this future is in safe and capable hands.

Click the link to download the PDF slides from LDCR Ben Crowther’s presentation at the event Unmanned Aviation Systems_LDCR Ben Crowther.ppt

More presentations will be made available on the ANI website shortly.