Publications

Publication Summary
ACB 0233/44(3) South-West Pacific Anti-Submarine Warfare Reports (WWII) These declassified anti-submarine warfare reports were compiled by the Anti-Submarine Warfare Division in Navy Office, Melbourne during the latter part of World War II. They contain an intelligence appreciation of the perceived enemy submarine threat as well as other useful information concerning anti-submarine operations.
ACB 0254/45(4) Royal Australian Navy Monthly Naval Warfare Review (WWII) These declassified monthly naval warfare reviews contain an appreciation of the progress of the naval war in the Pacific and South East Asia during 1944-45. Included in each review are sections concerning intelligence, tactics, incidents and lessons learned.
Admiralty Fleet Orders Since the inception of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in July 1911, through to 1976, the promulgation, amendment and cancellation of administrative policies were routinely issued in the form of Navy Orders (later Commonwealth Naval Orders). Often instructions promulgated in Australian Navy Orders made reference to Admiralty Fleet Orders published by the Royal Navy, such was the close relationship between the RAN and RN at that time.
Australia Station Intelligence Summaries 1952 - 1957 These post World War II Regional Intelligence Summaries, covering the period 1952-1957, have been declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's ongoing digitisation program.
Australian Maritime Doctrine Australian Maritime Doctrine is the Royal Australian Navy's capstone work of doctrine. It is a guide to understanding the unique nature of the RAN's contribution to Australia's national security and how the Navy goes about its business. Australian Maritime Doctrine has been written to appeal to the widest possible audience, not only those within the RAN and the Australian Defence Force, but to all who have responsibilities for or are interested in Australia's national security and its instruments.
Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine This is the 1st edition of Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine. Its purpose is to guide the ongoing development and assurance of maritime support capability. Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine amplifies Australian Maritime Doctrine 1 - RAN Doctrine and Australian Maritime Doctrine 2 - The Navy Contribution to Australian Maritime Operations, by articulating the principles that underpin the design of logistics support systems for new and in-service maritime capability, and the planning and delivery of support to maritime operations.
Chief of Navy Speeches Chief of Navy is regularly called upon to visit various organisations and attend a variety of different functions and is asked to formally address officials and other interested parties. Speeches from these events are now available in PDF format.
Commemorative Publications Collection of publications commemorating the Royal Australian Navy.
Commonwealth Naval Orders Since the inception of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in July 1911, through to 1976, the promulgation, amendment and cancellation of administrative policies were routinely issued in the form of Navy Orders (later Commonwealth Naval Orders).
Daily Operational Narratives 1939-1954 Following the outbreak of World War II the RAN generated, in the form of a daily narrative, an appraisal of the evolving operational picture. These narratives have been, declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's ongoing digitisation program. The aim of this program is to make historic records and information more readily available to members of the public to assist with historical research.
Foundations of International Thinking on Sea Power The Foundations of International Thinking on Sea Power series was produced by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and comprised peer-reviewed original research on how various states perceived the necessity for, and use of, sea power. The series ran over the period 2008-09, produced 2 volumes, and has been replaced by the Sea Power series.
Future Maritime Operating Concept - 2025 The Future Maritime Operating Concept 2025 (FMOC) is the ADF's long term, maritime, joint warfighting capability aspiration. The FMOC seeks to inform and guide Navy, Army and Air Force staffs and Capability Development Group in developing capability requirements for the future ADF in the maritime environment. While Navy leads the development of the FMOC, it is a joint, collaborative effort.
Goorangai The Royal Australian Navy Reserve Professional Studies Program which produced the Goorangai papers is no longer in operation. However, previous Goorangai papers can be accessed below.
H.M. Ships Damaged or Sunk by Enemy Action in WWII BR 1886 (C.B. 4273 (52) H.M. Ships Damaged or Sunk by Enemy Action 3 Sep 1939 - 2 Sep 1945. This Book of Reference (BR) contains a complete summary, as far as is known, of war damage to H.M. Ships in the Second World War and is based on reports held in the Admiralty at the time of its publication in 1952. Researchers may wish to review it in conjunction with the Damage Control Posters also listed on the Naval History Web Site.
Hindsight The Hindsight series highlights the Australia’s naval tradition, covering the Commonwealth Naval Forces and the Royal Australian Navy, and are generally 2000 words in length.
HMAS Canberra Family Link A newsletter to help HMAS Canberra ship's company and their families remain informed. Note: Issues up to October 2014 were titled NUSHIP Canberra Family Link.
HMAS Creswell / Royal Australian Naval College Magazines Following the institution of the Royal Australian Naval College in 1913, an annual magazine, initially the Royal Australian Naval College Magazine but now entitled HMAS Creswell Magazine, has been produced to capture the activities of both the college and those under training in it.
King-Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings The biennial King-Hall Navy History Conference is named after Admiral Sir George King-Hall, the last British Commander-in-Chief on the Australia Station, who hauled down his flag on 4 October 1913 with the entry of the Fleet Unit into Sydney Harbour.
Maritime Logistics Career Handbook 2015 The purpose of this handbook is to complement current career policy guidance, providing individuals with the Head of Maritime Logistics Community guidance on career progression. It is intended to assist individuals to contextualise their current employment with Navy and the wider Australian Defence Force as members of the Navy Maritime Logistics Branch.
Naval Engineering Future State Blueprint The Naval Engineering Future State Blueprint (the Blueprint), provides a high level doctrinal statement of the improvements planned to occur across the naval engineering function to achieve the goals defined in the Naval Engineering Strategic Plan.
Naval Engineering Strategic Plan 2013–2017 The Naval Engineering Strategic Plan 2013–2017 sets the strategic direction for rebuilding naval engineering capability. It defines the goals that are to be pursued in order for naval engineering to achieve its vision to ‘Deliver seaworthy materiel to enable us to Fight and Win at Sea’. This document will be updated annually to provide a rolling five-year strategic plan for naval engineering.
Navy Contribution to Australian Maritime Operations NCAMO provides greater detail on the composition and roles of the RAN's major organisational elements and the capabilities each provides as a component of the developing joint, seamless Australian Defence Force (ADF). By describing how the philosophies outlined in AMD are applied in practice, NCAMO serves as a valuable handbook on the RAN of today and the immediate future. NCAMO will be revised periodically to ensure it keeps pace with changes in the RAN's current structure and capabilities.
Navy List The Navy List traditionally contains details of the officers of the Australian Navy. These past editions have been digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's digitisation project. The aim of this project is to make historic records and information more readily available to members of the public. Additional editions of Navy Lists will be added throughout the life of the project as the 30 year disclosure period expires.
Navy News Navy News is published fortnightly with its basic charter to inform and entertain our sailors wherever they are serving, in ships or on shore, at home or overseas. It also contains advice valuable to serving members and those considering reserve employment.
Navy Supply Newsletter The Navy Supply Newsletter is a professional journal that communicates the future direction, achievements, successes, issues and events of the Supply Community. It also holds significant historical value in recording the changing character of the Supply Community. The Newsletter is published biannually in April and October.
Navy Today The first editions of Navy Today were published in the early 1960s to provide a snap-shot of the contemporary RAN Fleet and a brief commentary on operations in which the RAN was involved.
Newcastle News The Newsletter of HMAS Newcastle.
Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs The Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs series was produced by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and comprised lengthy peer-reviewed original research on regional maritime affairs. The series ran over the period 1996-2011, produced 35 volumes, and has been replaced by the Sea Power series.
Provide & Deliver The Maritime Logistics Community Magazine, Provide & Deliver is a professional journal that communicates the future direction, achievements, successes, issues and events of the Maritime Logistics (formerly Supply) community. It also holds significant historical value in recording the changing character of the Community. The magazine is published bi-annually, as a Summer/Autumn edition and a Winter/Spring edition.
RAN Band News The newsletter of the RAN Band, one of Australia's premier military ensembles.
RAN Reading List The RAN Reading List provides guidance to RAN personnel on works that will contribute to their development as members of the Australian defence community.
Recommendations of Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson In 1910 Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson was invited to visit Australia and provide advice on naval infrastructure. Henderson's subsequent report advocated a progressive expansion of the RAN extending over a generation.
Report on abuse at HMAS Leeuwin On 18 June 2014, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce released its Report on abuse at HMAS Leeuwin, which is based on the personal accounts of more than 200 complainants who trained at HMAS Leeuwin. The report, along with other key documents, can be downloaded from the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce website.
Reports of Admiral Jellicoe Volume I - IV At the end of World War I, Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Jellicoe was invited to write a report on the naval defence of Australia. The four volume report was published in 1919.
Royal Australian Navy Leadership Ethic The Royal Australian Navy Leadership Ethic is written to challenge the reader to contemplate the ethical obligations of professional service, and presents a way of thinking about leadership, rather than any prescriptive way of leading. Reflecting upon principles which fill leadership with a sense of moral seriousness and public purpose, the publication explores ideas which anchor professional naval service to the fundamental beliefs of human value and dignity. By doing this, The Royal Australian Navy Leadership Ethic initiates an essential professional conversation.
Sea Power Conference Proceedings The Sea Power Conference began in 2000, and is conducted biennially in conjunction with the International Maritime Conference and the Pacific Exposition, at Darling Harbour in Sydney. The proceedings of the Sea Power conferences have generally been published in-house and limited copies are available.
Sea Power Series The Sea Power Series is a new Sea Power Centre - Australia publication introduced in 2012. This series is designed to capture peer-reviewed, original research on regional maritime affairs, ranging from Working Paper level up to book manuscript. The Sea Power Series replaces the former Working Papers and Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs.
Sea Talk SeaTalk was a periodical that contained a wealth of information about conditions of service, pay and allowances, housing, and numerous articles covering many other varied aspects particular to life in the navy. SeaTalk is no longer in production.
Semaphore The Semaphore series is produced by the Sea Power Centre - Australia to raise awareness of naval and maritime issues, both contemporary and historical. They are generally 2000 words (2 pages) but may occasionally be 4000 words (4 pages) in length. The series is only available in electronic format.
Soundings Papers Soundings papers are a new Sea Power Centre - Australia publication introduced in 2012. The Soundings series is designed to raise awareness of naval and maritime issues, both contemporary and historical, but in more ‘depth’ than Semaphores. They cover works from 4000 to 10,000 words in length. The series is only available in electronic format.
SPC-A Commercial Publications The Sea Power Centre - Australia has published a large number of conference, workshop and seminar proceedings in conjunction with other institutions, as well as a variety of commercial publications.
Submarine Workforce Sustainability Review The Chief of Navy has released a plan to dramatically improve Australia’s submarine fleet, after concerns a lack of numbers is placing an unacceptable strain on personnel.
The Adelaide Line The Adelaide Line is a regular newsletter aimed at personnel, families and friends of HMAS Adelaide (L01).
The Naval Auxiliary Patrol The Naval Auxiliary Patrol (NAP) was a war-raised unit approved on 25 June 1941. It was charged with patrolling and safeguarding Australia's inner harbours, ports, rivers and estuaries against enemy sabotage or attack. On this page you will find a collection of surviving registration papers and records for many of the small vessels requisitioned by the RAN.
The Naval Engineering and Maintenance Bulletin The Naval Engineering and Maintenance Bulletin, formerly the Naval Engineering Bulletin, explores technical and personnel issues affecting engineers and technicians in the Royal Australian Navy.
The Navy and the Nation The Chief of Navy’s analytical piece on the relationship between his service and the nation, The Navy and the Nation: Australia's Maritime Power in the 21st Century, comes as Navy embarks on a period of significant change. This is an essay written for a number of different audiences, from the Navy itself to industry and the professional community and one that manages to deliver its message to each of them.
The Navy Reservist The Australian Navy Reservist is a journal of the Director-General Reserves – Navy.
The Trade The Australian Submarine Community official magazine which is usually published six-monthly.
The War at Sea 1914-18 Proceedings of the King-Hall Naval History Conference 2013. Edited by Andrew Forbes, Sea Power Centre - Australia.
Touchdown The Australian Navy aviation safety and information magazine.
Warfare Officers Career Handbook The Warfare Officers Career Handbook provides information for members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare community.
Warfare Sailors Career Handbook The Warfare Sailors Career Handbook provides information for members of the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare community.
Westralia Board of Inquiry These documents are related to the tragic fire and subsequent loss of life that occurred onboard HMAS Westralia on 5th May 1998. Contained are the full Board Of Inquiry and Coroners Reports.
Winning at Sea - The Story of Women in the RAN To mark the progress Navy has made in relation to the employment of women on the occasion of the International Fleet Review, Chief of Navy commissioned, and the Governor General launched, a book titled "Winning at Sea - The Story of Women in the RAN".
Working Papers The Working Paper series was produced by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and comprised shorter original research on maritime security issues. The series ran over the period 1999-2012, produced 21 volumes, and has been replaced by the Sea Power series. There are limited hard copies of various volumes; otherwise it is only available in electronic format.
World War I Naval Staff Monographs The production of these Admiralty Naval Staff Monographs was intended to give an account of the actual course of events concerning the global war at sea during World War I.
World War II Daily Escort Situation During World War II the RAN maintained a record of the daily escort situation in Australian and South-West Pacific waters. These records have been, declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's ongoing digitisation program. The aim of this program is to make historic records and information more readily available to members of the public to assist with historical research.
World War II Daily Movement Summaries During World War II the RAN maintained a daily summary of the movements of HMA Ships and auxiliaries around the Australia Station. These narratives have been, declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's ongoing digitisation program. The aim of this program is to make historic records and information more readily available to members of the public to assist with historical research.
World War II Naval Staff Histories A collection of publications written by the Historical Section of the Admiralty during and after World War II.
WWII Combined Operational Intelligence Centre Naval Summaries When war broke out in the Far East and Pacific, the Combined Operational Intelligence Centre (C.O.I.C.) complemented the activities of the Central War Room (CWR) through the distribution of 'Hot' intelligence to the three Services, the C.W.R., New Zealand and Singapore. These declassified digitsed C.O.I.C. summaries record the daily intelligence picture as it was interpreted at that time.
WWII Damage Control During World War II effective damage control measures became a necessity for ships damaged in action. These posters, produced by the Royal Navy and distributed throughout the Commonwealth, highlight some of the successes and failures of damage control in H.M. ships. Many of the lessons learnt remain relevant today.
WWII Merchant Ship Movement Records - Australia World War II merchant ship movement records for Australia.