German naval history seminar

The Australian Naval Institute with the RAN Sea Power Centre – Australia and the United Services Institute of the ACT

German 20th Century Naval and Military History Seminar

Wednesday 3 May 2017 RI Theatrette

Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans

Colonel Dr Gerhard Gross

1210 – 1250 Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans – German Maritime Security in the 20th Century
1250 – 1255 Questions
1300 – 1315 Light lunch sponsored by the SPC-A
1320 – 1400 Colonel Dr Gerhard Gross – Myth & Reality of German Warfare Operational thinking – Moltke the Elder to Heusinger
1405 Panel session Q & A – Both Historians
1425 Close of Seminar
For further information, contact the ANI Secretariat ph 6290 1505 or

HMAS Albatross event: the future of the Fleet Air Arm

The Future of the Fleet Air Arm
HMAS Albatross – Thursday, 27 April 2017

Proudly sponsored by Navantia

The Australian Naval Institute will be hosting a Maritime Event at HMAS Albatross on the theme “The Future of the Fleet Air Arm” on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

ANI Members and friends are invited to attend this event which will be held in the Museum facility at Nowra. The event will combine presentations by Navy and industry and tours of aircraft and facilities. The program is as follows:

The Maritime Event will commence at 1000 and complete at 1530. Dress is smart casual with footwear suitable for the program.

There is no charge to attend this event, however numbers are limited. Those wishing to attend should register via the ANI Secretariat: email
For further information, contact 02 6290 1505.

The Australian Naval Institute acknowledges the assistance of the Fleet Air Arm and the FAA Museum in organising this event.

Call for nominations for McNeil Prize

In 2016, the Australian Naval Institute (ANI) created an award to honour an individual or individuals from Australian industry who have made an outstanding contribution to the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy. This award was named the “McNeil Prize” in honour of RADM Percival McNeil CB RAN.

The winner of the inaugural Prize in 2016 was Mr Ian Croser AM, the co-founder of CEA Technologies. The citation for Mr Croser read: “Mr Croser, through his remarkable vision, perseverance, determination and a dogged desire for excellence had successfully developed unique radar and communications systems from the ground up. As a consequence the RAN, the ADF and the nation are now reaping significant benefits from his prodigious engineering talent and technical leadership”.

The criteria for the prize are:
• the nominee is an individual or individuals from Australian industry;
• the nominee has made a significant contribution to the capabilities of the RAN.

The Prize is awarded annually and presented at the ANI’s Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner which will be held in 2017 on 20 June in Canberra.

Nominations are to be in the form of a submission of no more than 500 words forwarded to the ANI Business Manager, Sue Hart at
For further information contact the ANI Secretariat on 02 6290 1505.

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 Mc Neil Prize is 4 June 2017.

Download the nomination form by clicking here.

Tour of HMAS Canberra. Booked out

This event is booked out

Apologies but this event has been booked out. You may apply to go on a waiting list by contacting the Secretariat: NUSHIP Canberra arrives in Sydney

Not only will they have 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.

Each member could bring a guest to the event.

The Maritime Event will commence at 1300 and complete at 1600. Dress is smart casual with footwear suitable for the walking tour of the ship.

Those wishing to attend should register giving name/s and address via the email address:

All attendees must bring photo ID with you to the event.

The event will also coincide with the launch of author (and ANI member) Mike Carlton’s book Flagship.

Naval History Workshop 7 Sep 2016

logoNaval Studies Group and the Australian Centre For The Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) invites you to a one-day workshop.

Aim: The Naval History Workshop brings together a diverse range of people interested in the study and writing of Australian and global naval history. It is the first formal activity of the Naval Studies Group recently established within ACSACS at the University of NSW in Canberra (ADFA). Continue reading

Fleet Air Arm Maritime Event – 27 April 2017

Fleet_Air_Arm_Museum_The ANI will hold a maritime event to be held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra. The theme is future operations of the new Fleet Air Arm. The event would combine presentations by Navy and industry, an open forum and tours of aircraft and facilities.
Further details will be promulgated when finalized.

Goldrick Seminar – Maritime Operations in the Littoral – 20 October 2016

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Co-convened with the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society

Proudly sponsored by


Thursday, 20 October 2016
Maritime Operations in the Littoral

The final program cane downloaded here.

The littoral environment is the most complex and challenging operating environment for defence forces. 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 the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (University of New South Wales – Canberra). The venue will be the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Speakers (see below) have been 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.

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.

Further details of the program will be available as speakers are confirmed.

Registration, which includes morning tea and lunch, is $30 for ANI Members and Students and $60 for non-ANI members. Non-members can join the ANI and attend the seminar for $100.

You can register and pay by entering your name and email and clicking on the drop down menu.

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Registration can also be made by contacting the ANI Secretariat – or 02 6190 1505. Or by downloading the registration form click here and sending it to the Secretariat.

When: 8.30am – 4.00pm on Thursday, 20 October 2016

Where: Lecture Theatre 7, Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2600

Dress: S7/Business attire

Cost: ANI Members and students: $30.00; Non-members: $60.00 (includes morning tea and lunch)

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

War in the Sand Pit: conference on Afghanistan & Iraq 12 & 13 May 2017

sand pit
In the wake of al-Qaeda’s attacks on the United States in September 2001 Australia embarked on a military-led campaign in Afghanistan and Iraq. But few, if any, envisaged it would turn out to be Australia’s longest war. How did this happen? This conference explores how it came about that between 2001 and 2014 over 50,000 members of the Australian Defence Force fought in the Middle East Area of Operations…‘War in the Sand Pit’. Continue reading

QinetiQ Obsolescence Management Course

QTT_LinkedIn_ObsolescenceManagement_JB_060716QinetiQ is offering a 5% Discount for ANI Members for its Obsolescence Management Course. 5-7 October. Melbourne. Price $2900 +GST per person.

Find out what’s new in looking after the old with Stuart Kelly, President of The International Institute of Obsolescence Management.

This course is designed to provide the delegate with an in-depth knowledge of Obsolescence Management. It is designed for those who are about to embark on an Obsolescence Management strategy, or those who require more detailed information on what an Obsolescence Manager needs to know and what duties they should be performing.

The course will explore the origins of obsolescence and what continues to drive the need for managing obsolescence risk. Explored in depth is the International Standard for Obsolescence Management (IEC 62402) which was recently adopted in Australia.

To register for the course, email or call Cecellia on 03 9694 1084. Quote ANI for the discount.

QinetiQ is a sponsor of the ANI.