Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

Credit: Defence

With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.

Sea Power: The Aegis Evolution

Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been the US Navy’s Aegis combat system engineering agent for the past 40 years. During this time, they have managed the entire Aegis lifecycle from concept through lifetime support and sustainment; everything from cradle to grave.


Sea Power: What Navy is up to on the unmanned front

The Army has had great success with ScanEagle and the Navy is looking at the system. Credit: USN

From the small tactical end of the market to the larger helicopter based platforms, the Navy has a range of options available based on their requirements. Premium

Sea Power: Operational risk profiling

HMAS Sirius is to be replaced under Sea 1654 Phase 3.

With the upcoming replacement of HMA Ships Sirius and Success, it is important to consider the previous issues and challenges encountered in Defence acquisition and sustainment projects.


Sea Power: Strategy - Setting the Scene

HMAS Stuart's White ensign in the foreground of the Japanese International Fleet Review conducted in November 2015. Credit: Defence

The Navy and the Australian naval shipbuilding industry look like being big winners in the Defence White Paper. The government has already announced a continuous build of major and minor surface ships which, among other things, almost guarantees an increase in the number of hulls – and not just this time around, but in perpetuity.


Sea Power: Shipbuilding - applying lessons learned

Credit: Defence

In considering the future shape of Australian naval shipbuilding it’s worthwhile to recall the adage that those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat it.


Sea Power: Manufacturing matters more than ever

Credit: ATEC

Manufacturing drives innovation and technological change, accounting for a quarter of Australia’s private sector R&D expenditure.


Sea Power: Tasmanian companies on the front foot

LSA slides and 100 person liferafts fitted on Royal navy Fleet Auxiliary Argus. Credit: LSA

Innovative maritime products continue to flow from Tasmanian companies; in several instances winning greater attention from foreign navies than from the RAN.


Sea Power: The Journey of Defence Innovation

Innovation is a journey, and it needs a destination: an end user. With a new White Paper due out soon, Defence is starting to acknowledge once more the benefits of local industry innovation at a time of rapid strategic and technical change, so for DST Group, academia and the Australian defence industry, the journey resumes.


Sea Power: P-8s on track for ADF

P-8s start on the 737 line and are then transferred to their own facility for militarisation in an ITARs approved environment. Credit: ADM (Katherine Ziesing)

As part of the wider transformation process that the RAAF is undergoing, the replacement of the ageing AP-3C fleet with the Boeing P-8A is on track.


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Recruiting deal extended as submariners lured

The Navy is rethinking the way in which it attracts and retains its submariners. Credit:
The ADF's Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Services contract has been extended for three years as the Navy launches a new program to attract and retain submariners.