ADF capability review: Royal Australian Navy


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) operates a fl eet comprised of surface combatants, submarines, amphibious assault vessels, patrol boats and support vessels as well as a range of helicopters. In size it is a little larger than the navies of countries like Singapore and Thailand, but is much smaller than those of China, India and Japan. The Rudd Government is developing a Defence White Paper that aims to align resources, capability and strategic aims. To provide a baseline for discussions of options for future force structures, ASPI will produce a series of capability snapshots that discuss current and planned capabilities, and any significant shortfalls. This paper is the second in the series and it reviews the capability of the Australian Army. Future papers will review the capabilities of the Air Force and ADF C4ISR

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