Publications

  • 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 are a new publication line 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.

  • The Sea Power Series is a new publication line 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.

    • The Reading List is a selection of books recommended by the Chief of Navy.

    • The RAN Reading List provides guidance to RAN personnel on works that will contribute to their development as members of the Australian defence community. The series ran over the period 2006-2010, produced 5 volumes, and has been replaced by the RAN Seapower Compendium and CN Reading List.

    • 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.

      The proceedings of the early King-Hall Navy History conferences were published commercially and some are still available for purchase from the relevant publisher. More recent conference proceedings are currently being edited and will be published by the SPC-A.

    • 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.

  • The Sea Power Centre - Australia produces the capstone doctrine and concept documents that inform the Navy Capability Development Model: Australian Maritime Doctrine, and the Future Maritime Operating Concept. Both documents are reviewed and reissued every five years as part of Defence’s five-year strategic planning process.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs can be found here.

    • 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. Other publications can be found here.

    • 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.