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Why did S. Korea go for carriers

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By Robert Farley* South Korea has decided to build aircraft carriers. New defense planning documents offer a roadmap for building at least one light carrier...

VC citation for Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean

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"On 1 December 1942, Ordinary Seaman Sheean, one of the youngest and most junior ranked members of Armidale’s Ship’s Company . . .  decided...

Why Japan may cede Senkaku islands

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The People’s Republic of China is turning up the heat around Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese also claim and call the Diaoyu Islands,...

New strategy from US Navy cyber command

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The US Navy’s primary cyber outfit released its strategic plan for the next five years, a document that calls for using the service’s networks...

Submarines: how did we get here?

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By Graeme Dobell* As Australia’s defence minister does her quarterly meetings with the French to push, pummel and pull at the future submarine project, Linda...

Suspicion, the virus and the cost of Australia’s defence

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By Marcus Hellyer* The 2020 defence strategic update represents a remarkable commitment by the Australian government to sustained growth in the defence budget. Released on...

Universities’ critical role in defence industry

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By Robert Clark and Peter Jennings The recent AUSMIN cabinet-level meeting between Australia and the US pointed to the growing importance of ‘collaboration on civilian...

Chinese-built airport near Manus naval base

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By Thomas Shugart Judging by recent satellite imagery, it appears that significant progress is being made on an expansion and upgrade project at Momote Airport,...

Huge Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos

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By Melodie Ruwet The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) covers 133,000 square kilometres and was established in 1998 to protect the remarkable biodiversity of the Galapagos...

RN looking at early use of drones

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Last week (Aug 2020), the Royal Navy carrier HMS Princes of Wales hosted the Future Maritime Aviation Force Accelerator Day, bringing together experts from...