Australien — Chief of Navy outlines the RAN’s strategic vision

The Chief of Navy Vice Admi­ral Russ Crane, AO, CSM, RAN, has unveiled the blue­print for Navy’s future, launch­ing the new edi­tion of Aus­tralian Mar­itime Doc­trine in Can­ber­ra.

While the recent Defence White Paper out­lined what’s in store for Navy and the rest of the ADF in terms of hard­ware, the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Doc­trine details the philo­soph­i­cal and strate­gic con­cepts need­ed to meet the many future chal­lenges to our mar­itime secu­ri­ty.

The mar­itime sec­tor is already worth $48 bil­lion annu­al­ly to the Aus­tralian econ­o­my. The con­tin­u­ing expan­sion in our use of the sea will see this amount grow fur­ther in the years ahead.

“It is an inescapable strate­gic real­i­ty that as Aus­tralians we live with­in a huge mar­itime realm,” Vice Admi­ral Crane said.

“Unfor­tu­nate­ly, not many of us are aware of it. We are sur­round­ed by three great oceans that con­trol our cli­mate, gen­er­ate enor­mous wealth and pro­vide our most impor­tant trans­port medi­um. Too many Aus­tralians still see the sea as a bar­ri­er rather than as our high­way to the world.”

First released in 2000, this new edi­tion of Aus­tralian Mar­itime Doc­trine pro­vides an author­i­ta­tive guide to cur­rent naval think­ing, describ­ing the impor­tance of the sea to all Aus­tralians and set­ting out the RAN’s unique place in our nation­al secu­ri­ty.

Tak­ing into account the many changes which have occurred in the past decade, this lat­est doc­trine focus­es on the need for inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion in deal­ing with glob­al mar­itime threats both here and abroad. It also places added empha­sis on the require­ments of a joint approach to defend­ing Aus­tralia and its inter­ests.

“The ADF can­not oper­ate effec­tive­ly unless every­one works togeth­er,” Vice Admi­ral Crane said. “Aus­tralian Mar­itime Doc­trine for­malis­es a strength­en­ing part­ner­ship across Navy and the ADF, and is a key ele­ment in our work to ensure all Aus­tralians bet­ter under­stand the impor­tance to their nation of the sea and sea pow­er.”

For more infor­ma­tion:
Aus­tralian Mar­itime Doc­trine can be found at:

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