Publications

Current Publications

Title of Publication Summary
An Australian vision of the Indo-Pacific - Through a Strategic and Maritime Lens An overview of the strategic narrative of the Indo-Pacific through the maritime and strategic lens.
Australian Maritime Doctrine (2010) Australian Maritime Doctrine is the RAN’s capstone work of doctrine, 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 Logistics Doctrine The first edition of Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine. Its purpose is to guide the ongoing development and assurance of maritime support capability.
Australian Maritime Operations (2017) Australian Maritime Operations (2017) supports the capstone Australian Maritime Doctrine (2010). This edition replaces The Navy Contribution to Maritime Operations (2005).
Capable Beyond Our Dreams: Australia’s Bathurst Class Corvettes 1940-1960 Capable Beyond Our Dreams: Australia’s Bathurst Class Corvettes 1940-1960 is not about the people, the flesh, blood and souls of the men and what they did. It is a book about the ships themselves, the nuts and bolts, the steel and rivets, the very fabric of this little-praised class of warship.
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.
Chief of Navy’s Professional Resource List 2019 The Chief of Navy’s Professional Resource List (2019) is a list of books and online sources which Vice Admiral Michael Noonan has read and found useful and regularly recommends.
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.
Future Maritime Operating Concept - 2025 The Future Maritime Operating Concept 2025 is the ADF’s long term, maritime, joint warfighting capability aspiration, and seeks to inform and guide in developing capability requirements for the future ADF in the maritime environment.
Grey Shutterbugs - Volume One Grey Shutterbugs showcases a choice of images by Navy Imagery Specialists along with insights into their lives and some fascinating personal anecdotes from the great characters of this unique Navy profession.
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.
King-Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings Proceedings of early King-Hall Navy History conferences were published commercially, some are still available from the relevant publisher. More recent conference proceedings are being edited and will be published by the SPC-A.
Mercator - Maritime Domain Strategy 2040 Government has directed the implementation of a new strategic policy that signals Australia’s ability – and willingness – to project military power and deter actions against our interests. Mercator is our Maritime Domain strategy to achieve this.
Naval Engineering Strategic Plan 2017-2022 The Naval Engineering Strategic Plan 2017-2022 describes the Naval Engineering goals and objectives for the period 2017-2022 and provides the framework within which Naval Engineering will deliver on its mission to deliver Seaworthy Materiel.
Navy Career Handbooks Career handbooks are available to inform, enable and motivate personnel in the various Navy employment communities.
Navy Industry Engagement Strategy The Navy Industry Engagement Strategy directly supports Plan Pelorus, and will provide an ideal opportunity to regenerate, refocus and ultimately strengthen Navy’s relationship with industry and academia.
Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs The Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs series was produced over the period 1996-2011 by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and comprised lengthy peer-reviewed original research on regional maritime affairs.
Plan Pelorus 2022 Plan Pelorus provides direction to Navy for the next four years to achieve our Headmark. It will be revised regularly to enable delivery on our five outcomes.
RAS-AI Strategy 2040 Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence (RAS-AI) are transforming every aspect of our lives. As a Fighting and Thinking Navy, we must leverage these advances to also transform, and improve, our ability to Fight and Win at Sea.
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.
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.
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.
Sea Power Series The Sea Power Series is a 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.
Semaphore The Semaphore series is produced by the Sea Power Centre - Australia to raise awareness of naval and maritime issues, both contemporary and historical.
Soundings Papers Soundings Papers are a 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.
SPC-A 2021 Annual Research papers and reports to create ‘A Thinking Navy, A Fighting Navy, An Australian Navy’, Edition One
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.
Tac Talks Tac Talks are papers about global maritime strategic concepts and strategies authored by professionals of the Royal Australian Navy.
The ABC of Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Soon after the outbreak of WWII an order was placed for 60 minesweepers of simple design to be constructed as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding programme. They became popularly known as Corvettes.
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.
Visiting Navy Fellows: Policy Papers on Maritime Strategy and Defence Issues, Edition One The papers published in this volume are authored by naval officers who have enjoyed visiting research fellowships at the Sea Power Centre - Australia. The work published in this volume is more than research. It is the fruits of friendship and partnership, a testimonial to the commitment shared between nations to defend right, and to secure peace.
Winning at Sea - The Story of Women in the RAN Winning at Sea - The Story of Women in the RAN was commissioned and launched to mark the progress Navy has made in relation to the employment of women on the occasion of the International Fleet Review.
Working Papers The Working Papers series was produced over the period 1999-2012 by the Sea Power Centre - Australia and comprised shorter original research on maritime security issues.

Historic Publications

Title of Publication Summary
ACB 0233/44(3) South-West Pacific Anti-Submarine Warfare Reports (WWII) Declassified anti-submarine warfare reports compiled by the Anti-Submarine Warfare Division in Navy Office, Melbourne during the latter part of World War II.
ACB 0254/45(4) Royal Australian Navy Monthly Naval Warfare Review (WWII) Declassified monthly naval warfare reviews containing an appreciation of the progress of the naval war in the Pacific and South East Asia during 1944-45, including sections concerning intelligence, tactics, incidents and lessons learned.
Admiralty Fleet Orders Selection of Admiralty Fleet Orders, declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain to compliment Australian Naval Orders. Part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia’s ongoing digitisation program.
Australia Station Intelligence Summaries 1952-1957 Post-World War II Regional Intelligence Summaries, covering the period 1952-1957. Declassified, digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia's ongoing digitisation program.
Commemorative Publications A collection of publications commemorating the Royal Australian Navy.
Commonwealth Naval Orders These orders covered a wide range of aspects affecting the day-to-day running of the RAN from 1911 to 1976. These have been digitised and placed in the public domain as part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia’s ongoing digitisation project.
Commonwealth War Book The purpose of the Commonwealth War Book (1956) was to facilitate the transition from peace to war, by setting down the administrative actions that will be taken in the early stages of a war emergency.
HM Ships Damaged or Sunk by Enemy Action in World War II A complete summary, as far as is known, of war damage to HM Ships in the Second World War and is based on reports held in the Admiralty at the time of its publication in 1952.
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.
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.
Navy Today The first editions of Navy Today were published in the early 1960s to provide a snapshot of the contemporary RAN Fleet and a brief commentary on operations in which the RAN was involved.
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.
Reports of Admiral Jellicoe Volumes 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.
SeaTalk SeaTalk was published between 1987 and 2011.
The Naval Auxiliary Patrol The Naval Auxiliary Patrol 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.
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 Movement Summaries Daily summary of the movements of HMA Ships and auxiliaries around the Australia Station during WWII. Part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia’s ongoing digitisation program.
World War II Combined Operational Intelligence Centre Naval Summaries Declassified and digitised Combined Operational Intelligence Centre summaries of the daily intelligence picture from the period when the war broke out in the Far East and Pacific.
World War II Daily Escort Situation Declassified and digitised records of the daily escort situation in Australian and South-West Pacific waters during WWII. Part of the Sea Power Centre - Australia’s ongoing digitisation program.
World War II Damage Control Posters highlighting some of the successes and failures of damage control in HM Ships during WWII. Produced by the Royal Navy and distributed throughout the Commonwealth.
World War II Merchant Ship Movement Records - Australia World War II merchant ship movement records for Australia, scanned from the original documents and published in PDF format.
World War II Naval Staff Histories A collection of publications written by the Historical Section of the Admiralty during and after World War II.