Funding Australia’s role in the world

By Jacinta Carroll*

The recent Australian budget sends all the right signals about the country’s security and foreign policy priorities. The international affairs and security elements of the 2018 Australian budget signify a government that is confident in its understanding of Australia’s role in the world and how to go about addressing a range of issues. Continue reading

Defend your democracy, ex-envoy warns

By Brendan Nicholson*
Australia, the United States and other democracies must stand up to autocratic and increasingly aggressive nations such as Russia and China and protect their institutions against all attempts to undermine them, former American Ambassador to Canberra John Berry has warned. Continue reading

Australia’s dependence on US is growing

By Kim Beazley*
The irony for Australia in the post–Cold War era is that our dependence on the United States has grown as the strategic options in our region have narrowed. Our national strategy of ‘defence self-reliance within our alliances’ has been tilted by major shifts in power relativities and US engagement. The change is also driven by a major enhancement of military technologies and intelligence capabilities, led in the West by America. Continue reading

ANI Annual Dinner – An Outstanding Evening

The Australian Naval Institute Annual Dinner was held at Hotel Realm in Canberra on 10 May. The event was again proudly sponsored by Lockheed Martin Australia. Nearly 200 people attended the event drawn from the diplomatic corps, Defence, industry and academia. The ANI was honoured to have among the audience three RAN veterans from the world War II Pacific campaign. Continue reading

Naval Graves Project

The Naval Graves Project is a volunteer group that researches, locates, photographs & if possible tends the last resting place of sailors of the Royal Navy, Australian Colonial Navies, Commonwealth Naval Forces & the Royal Australian Navy pre 1914. The volunteer group has grown in membership and is looking out for all naval graves within Australian territory. Continue reading

Thales Australia minehunter program honoured

The Thales Australia Minehunter In Service Support Program has been recognised for Excellence in Innovation by the Asset Management Council of Australia.

Thales’ Minehunter In Service Support Contract (MHC ISSC) team located in Newcastle, Waverton and Garden Island, NSW have received the award for Excellence in Innovation by the Asset Management Council of Australia, at the annual AMPEAK conference held in April 2018. The Innovation award was highly contested by a number of industries including civil infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and Defence. (Full story see

CNO Announces Establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 16, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transit the Atlantic Ocean while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, announced the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet during a change of command ceremony for U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) in Norfolk, May 4. Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

Shoalwater Bay Training Area remediation and expansion

Local businesses will be given a greater opportunity to be involved in construction works for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area remediation and expansion projects. The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, and the Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP, announced a major milestone for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and Defence’s Local Industry Capability Plan (LICP) pilot. Continue reading