Royal Australian Navy


Can we learn from a missed opportunity?

The Australians purchased the surplus Bay-Class LSD(A) Largs Bay from the UK for $100M AUS dollars this month. News reports suggest the ship will be in service with the Royal Australian Navy in late 2011 or early 2012. In Canada, after almost 20 years of process, we have no amphibious […]


Australian Defence Policy: Way To Go ‘Oz’ – Australia’s Naval Renaissance*

*Moderators Note:  This article is reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, October 2009, pp. 25-26 After 16 months of careful preparation and stage managed partial disclosures, the orchestrated launch of “Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030” declared an apparent security paradigm for the […]


Australia’s New Defence Policy: Defence or Offence?

Australia’s new Defence White Paper was issued at the beginning of May – and the RAN was the big winner. Press reports describe it as “the most dramatic build-up of naval power since World War II, predicated on the belief that the rise of China heralds significant long-term strategic risks […]


Our navy, Our country

The fall out of the recent federal election, amidst the worldwide economic swirl, opens an opportunity for the Canadian government to invest in Canadian jobs and Canadian technology through Canada’s navy building sustainable long-term employment and, at the same time, increase Canada’s overall security and ability to execute a robust […]


JSS just another in a series of failed procurements

The announcement on the evening of Friday, August 22, 2008 of the cancellation of the JSS procurement should have been no surprise to any observer of naval and military affairs. The proposed ships were too innovative and too complex to succeed in the Canadian political and military environment. In a […]


Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVII)

With all due respect I think you are overlooking a couple of key points. A “simple” ship is just that — a simple ship, able only to do simple tasks. The operational requirements (perhaps imperatives) of the north, based on the high probability that those waters will slowly open-up for […]