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DefenceToday – September 2013 (PDF Download)

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In this special Maritime Power edition, which is to be distributed at this year’s Sea Power Conference and the coincident Pacific Maritime Conference in Sydney this October, we examine the significant changes to maritime equipments and technologies that are affecting Australian maritime power now and in the future.

Peter Layton examines the strategic and Defence capability implications of the latest iteration of the Defence White Paper, particularly from a maritime power viewpoint. He also reports on the Navy changing shape, as new investments produce new surface ships and aircraft, and as it moves from being a surface warfare sea control navy to become a power projection navy.

We also have an exclusive interview with the Chief of Navy, Admiral Ray Griggs, on the importance of an Australian naval presence in the Indian Ocean, with its major base at HMAS Stirling – and on the evolution of the Two-Ocean Navy.

The two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships are a major acquisition for the Navy. Nigel Pittaway reports on the first ship ready for sea trials, and how the Exercise Talisman Saber series will greatly assist the Navy working up the LHDs to fully operational status.

Nigel also reports on how the SEA 1448 project is enhancing the RAN’s ANZAC ship capability, and how Regional Maritime ISR is becoming increasingly important to neigbouring countries. He also previews the Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60R ‘Romeo’, ready to be introduced into service during 2014.

With unmanned platforms becoming commonplace, especially UAVs, it’s time for unmanned maritime vessels to have an increasing presence. David Eshel looks at the human dimension of command and control of USVs: the issues of operating an attack vessel remotely, and not being onboard the vessel.

I hope delegates to both conferences enjoy this special maritime power edition of DefenceToday.

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