Winners of the 2019 Chief of Navy Essay Competition announced


Youth Division

The winner of the Youth Division is SBLT Theo Squires, RAN  The Past, Present and Future of Maritime Trade Warfare

Notable mentions in the Youth Division:

Second Place: MIDN Noah Learoyd, RAN, HMAS Albatross  The Navy and the Nation

Third Place: LEUT Peter Hunter, RAN, HMAS Choules  Civilians: The Fulcrum for a Modern Fleet

Fourth Place: ABML-P Olivia Saunders, HQJOC  Artificial Intelligence and Its Implications on Future Submarine Warfare

Fifth Place: LSML-SC Carly Bakes, Fleet HQ  Implications of Indo Pacific Endeavour on a Thinking, Fighting - Australian Navy

Notable Mention: CDTRCT Zachery Hazelwood, TS Paluma  History and the Navy Today


Open Division

The winner of the Open Division is Dr John Nash  Maritime lessons from the Peloponnesian War

Notable mentions in the Open Division:

Second Place: Mr Robert Moyse  Implications for the RAN of the Second World War in Australia’s Region

Third Place: Mr Patrick McMillan and Mr Thomas Paterson  Undersea Disruption - Retaining a Potent Covert Capability

and Mr Roger Strachan  Melos Down Under


Defence Division

The winner of the Defence Division is LCDR Chris Watson, RAN, International Policy Division  Appear where you are not expected

Notable mentions in the Defence Division:

Second Place: CMDR Darin Macdonald, RAN, Australian Maritime Warfare Centre  Tactics are for losers

Third Place: Mr Scott Richardson  Trial by Fire - The 1866 Battle of Lissa and the Implications for the Future of the RAN

Fourth Place: FLTLT Nicholas Packer  Redefining Regional Security: Building Sea Power on values

Fifth Place: LEUT Michael Copland, RAN, Information Warfare Force  The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis, Iranian asymmetric doctrine, and Russian corvettes