Interview with Air Marshal Brown, Chief of Royal Australian Air Force by Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe THE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintains one of the leading Air Forces in the Asia Pacific region and is in the process implementing its most significant modernisation programme in decades. In an exclusive interview, the RAAF Chief, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, talked with Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe on a range of topics that emphasised the RAAF’s development and current challenges, updates on modernisation and acquisition programmes, the Air Force’s role in support of Army and Navy amphibious doctrine and its future objectives.
By Vice Admiral RAY GRIGGS TODAY (30 June 2014) my flag will be hauled down and I will hand over command of the Royal Australian Navy to Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. It has been the most enormous privilege for me, to be given the honour of leading you all for the last three years and being the professional head of the best Navy in the world. It is not an honour that many are given.
By NORNAN FRIEDMAN LAST December, the Chinese province of Hainan announced an exclusively Chinese fishing zone covering much of the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard ships arrested some fishing vessels and seized their catch. Protests drew the claim that this was not a matter of Chinese national policy, merely a policy broached by a provincial government – but there has been no retreat on the Chinese part.
By MIKE FOGARTY “THE VIETNAMESE Revolution might be said to have begun with nationalism and ended with communism.” (Hoang Van Chi) The French lost their Indochinese colonies due to political, military, diplomatic, economic and socio-cultural factors. The fall of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 signalled a loss of French power.
By Commander David Hobbs, MBE, RN (Rtd)* TO THE the logical mind, the most surprising element of the 2007 decision to build two Canberra class LHDs was the acceptance by the Australian Government of advice from a lobby group that fighter aircraft based in Australia, with their limited radius of action and fixed supply chains, could provide support for these ships and their 'all-arms' battle groups wherever they might be deployed.