Chief of Navy Essay Competition


The Chief of Navy Essay Competition aims to promote knowledge of and interest in a thinking, fighting, Australian Navy. The competition was conducted for the first time in 2019. It is intended that this will be a biennial competition and will be next conducted in 2021.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Naval Institute (ANI) looked for original thinkers who, through their work, promote discussion about an historical application and its implication for the future of the RAN.

2019 Chief of Navy Essay Competition
The topic in 2019 was: With reference to any historical example, what are the implications for the future of the Royal Australian Navy? There is were restrictions on the area of the topic.

There were three (3) divisions with a prize of $5,000 awarded to the author of an essay in each division. Honourable mentions were also be made at the discretion of the judging panel.

The three divisions were:
1. The Open Division – named the McKenzie Prize (Florence Violet McKenzie) and open to any entrant either from Australia or international.
2. The Defence Division – named the Smith Prize (ADML Sir Victor Alfred Trumper Smith) and open to all members of the Department of Defence (ADF, APS, Cadets etc)
3. The Youth Division – named the MacDougall Prize (VADM Ian Donald George MacDougall) and open to all members of the Royal Australian Navy aged 25 or under as at the closing date for submission of entries.

 Competition rules and full details about the competition can be found here.