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Sea Power Challenges Old and New

Ed: Andrew Forbes (702/35953)
Publisher: Halstead Press ISBN: 9781920831448

Notwithstanding a time of political uncertainty and war, the roles of navies remain the same, albeit with a changing emphasis on specific tasks:

  • the fleet on fleet calculations by navies during the Cold War are gone
  • maritime terrorism and piracy may affect vital seaborne trade
  • increased illegal fishing and people smuggling requires a naval response
  • humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations are increasing in scope and intensity
  • interdiction of suspect cargoes at sea under the Proliferation Security Initiative.

In order to meet these challenges, navies require new equipment. Logistic and scientific support.

  • innovative contract to acquire the new replenishment tanker HMAS Sirius
  • industry contracted to build and support the new Armidale class patrol boats
  • defence scientific exchange through the Technical Cooperation Program.

And for the Royal Australian Navy, this book provides information on its planning process to manage the current fleet while planning its replacement.

September 2008

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