Naval operations

Naval art and science


Naval shipbuilding plan

This resource outlines the Turnbull Government’s vision for the Australian naval shipbuilding enterprise and the significant investment required in coming decades.

India’s security concerns in the Indian Ocean region: a critical analysis

The Indian Ocean has always been, and will remain, on the strategic radar of great powers. Given its strategic location with abundant oil, mineral resources and fisheries, and being a hub of vast seaborne global trade and oil routes, it has turned out to be...

Indo-Pacific maritime security: challenges and cooperation

This edited collection of papers examines the emerging concept of the Indo-Pacific, maritime tensions including in the East and South China Seas, transnational security issues, the role of Japan as a regional security partner, and prospects for partnerships involving other countries. These are drawn from...
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The Australian government has just signed a $50 billion contract with the French company DCNS to build 12 new submarines. Although designs for military submarines go back to the eighteenth century, it wasn’t until the turn of the twentieth that the modern submarine began to...

Time to start worrying again? Cross-strait stability after the 2016 Taiwanese elections

Overview This study argues that the Taiwan Strait will remain dangerous and that Canberra needs to pay closer attention to the evolving cross-strait situation. Of crucial importance is the question of whether Australia should support its US ally in a future Taiwan contingency. The report...

A strategy towards Indonesia

This special Centre of Gravity paper features three contributions on Indonesia and its changing relationship with Australia and the world. Evelyn Goh, Greg Fealy and Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto examine the changes in Indonesian foreign policy under President Joko Widodo and pressing challenges such as terrorism...

Indonesia as a growing maritime power: possible implications for Australia

Indonesia’s experience in growing its maritime power will not be of interest to Australia solely in terms of the possible product, but also as a particular illustration of the process of becoming a maritime power. Executive summary There are two reasons why Australia should be...

Maximising strategic options in constrained strategic circumstances: the future underwater warfare capability

To avoid a capability gap and retain an effective undersea warfare capability the future submarine must commence sea trials in 2022. Planning and initiation of long lead activities such as R&D are now on the critical path to inform decisions to be taken in 2010...