Bravo Zulu naval honours project completed

Bravo Zulu Project, initiated in 2009, was brought to a successful conclusion last month with the official launch of Bravo Zulu: Honours and Awards to Australian Naval People Volume 2: 1975-2014 by the Chief of the Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.

The ceremony was attended by senior naval officers and selected representatives of the honours and award recipients whose stories appear in the book, as well as the team of volunteers who conducted the research under the leadership of Dr Ian Pfennigwerth.

In launching the book Admiral Noonan remarked that ‘Contemporary books such as this are few in number as our more recent Navy history has by no means been researched as thoroughly. Books such as this are important as a tribute to Navy’s people, their achievements and sacrifices made to achieve the Navy’s mission’.

Now, in just two volumes, Australians have a magnificent resume of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their navy in 115 years of service to the nation, illustrated through the individual accounts of those naval men and women who received imperial, Australian and foreign honours and awards for their service, gallantry or bravery. The two volumes also contain the stories of awards made to members of other Australian and foreign Services for the service with units of the Australian navy. In all around 4000 recipients of honours and awards have their stories, including a resume of their Service careers, in peace and war, recorded in the two volumes of Bravo Zulu.

Further details about the projects and the books can be found on Dr Pfennigwerth’s website –

2018 ACT Blamey Oration. ANI discount

The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory is offering full ANI members a discount for the 2018 ACT Blamey oration – the same rate as USI members. The 2018 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by General John Allen AO (USMC, Retd). General Allen is the President of the prestigious Brookings Institute and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Continue reading

VADM Barrett’s change of command speech

Outgoing Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, salutes as her reviews the guard during the change of command parade at Russell Offices, Canberra.
Speech by VADM Tim Barrett Address: Change of Command Ceremony. 6 July 2018. Russell*

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne; Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry and Support the Hon Mike Kelly; Chief of the Defence Force Chief Air Marshall Mark Binskin; Secretary of the Department of Defence Mr Greg Moriarty; Fellow Senior Australian Defence Force and Defence leaders; Men and Women of the Royal Australian Navy.

It has been my privilege to serve as the Chief of Navy. Continue reading

A working sub fleet – for less than half the cost

By Dr Tom Lewis*

Now we have a new PM, he should look urgently at scrapping the plans for our new submarine fleet. Australia’s present submarine plans are to build a French re-design of a nuclear-engined boat. The Barracuda re-model will use diesel engines, and fuel tanks, in a design which will likely be fraught with problems. You wouldn’t buy a car which didn’t exist yet, so why buy subs this way? Continue reading

History: landing craft in PNG waters

In the latest episode of Australian Naval History Commander Greg Swinden & his expert panel of Commodore Sam Bateman, Commander Jerry Lattin, Commodore Lou Rago & Vice Admiral Chris Richie discuss the operations of patrol boats & landing craft in Papua New Guinea waters. This includes accounts of passages of these vessels up the Sepik and Fly rivers. Both video and audio versions are available on the Naval Studies Group website or at Youtube at with the podcast available from most podcast apps.

Australia faces unprecedented set of security challenges

By Albert Palazzo*

There’s broad agreement among defence thinkers and academics that the international security environment is on the cusp of significant change. Dominating the commentary are analyses of the consequences of a risen China, a resurgent Russia and a recalcitrant North Korea, plus the challenge of a renegade United States. For the Australian military professional, such stories provide context but lack specificity. Continue reading