Defence Today – September 2015 (Digital Edition)

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Editor’s Brief:

This edition of DefenceToday concentrates on Australian Maritime Power – the platforms, technologies
and systems that contribute to the nations ability to defend its maritime approaches and sea lanes.
Intelligence gathering in the maritime sphere has been developed to a high level with the AP-3C Orion
surveillance platform, soon to be replaced with the P-8A ‘Poseidon’. Nigel Pittaway looks at this new
era in maritime capability.
The first LHD ship, HMAS Canberra, is another significant advance in force projection and amphibious
landing capability. We look at what this means not only to the Navy but also the projection of land forces,
armaments and equipments.
The replacement for the Collins Class submarine has become more of a political issue than one based
on required capabilities. Peter Layton examines the prospective platforms and the operational needs
in selecting a winner.
With Australia’s newest combat aircraft, the EA-18G ‘Growler’, beginning flight testing in the United
States, Nigel  examines how this Air Electronic Attack capability will contribute to Australia’s defence.
China has released its latest Defence White Paper. Of most concern to Australia and ASEAN neighbours
is the focus on force projection on the high seas. Peter Layton examines the potential threat and what
counter capabilities are needed.
The MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ is flying operations from NAS Nowra, and Initial Operating Capability is
expected soon. Nigel Pittaway looks at 725 Squadron’s work-up to IOC.
Plans to replace Australia’s Patrol Boat fleet under Defence Project SEA 1180 have brought forward the
in-service date by three years. Mitchell Sutton investigates the reasons and rationale for a larger, more
capable boat.
Nigel also examines the background to and options for a Future Frigate to replace the Anzac ships.

John Armstrong
Managing Editor

Articles in this Edition:

HMAS CANBERRA LHD IN SERVICE
Expanding Australia’s amphibious capability
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

AUSTRALIA’S NEXT SUBMARINE – AFTER COLLINS
Will the Japanese Soryu boat be the one?
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

FIRST EA-18G ‘GROWLER’ ENTERS SERVICE
Australia’s emerging Air Electronic Attack capability
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

PROJECT SEA 5000 – FUTURE FRIGATE FOR RAN
Age of the disposal warship, contenders and requirements
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

MH-60R SEAHAWK ‘ROMEO’ OPERATIONAL
725 Squadron works up to Initial Operational Capability
– Nigel Pittaway, Melbourne

CHINESE SEA POWER – FORCE PROJECTION OBJECTIVES
Impact on high seas force projection to Australia and ASEAN
– Peter Layton, Brisbane

SEA 1180: Modernisation and Modularity
Offshore Combatant Vessel program brought forward
– Mitchell Sutton, Perth