Australian Navy Sea Power Conference 2017, being held this week at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
The conference theme, “The Navy and The Nation”, focuses on maritime identity, the significance of maritime economics and use of the oceans; and the critical importance of the defence industry to develop and maintain naval capability.
Military, police and private sector attendees from around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, will be taking in keynote speakers in commercial ship technology, naval ship technology, submarine technology, commercial ship operations, maritime safety, maritime environment protection and offshore resource industry.
Says police media liaison officer, Trevor Pitt: “The Cook Islands has enjoyed a long and warm relationship with the Australian Defence Forces, and cooperates closely under the Pacific Patrol Boat Programme.”
“The patrol boat initiative launched in the late 1980s has had a significant impact on the national economy and security in terms of maritime surveillance and fisheries resource protection.”
The 2017 Sea Power Conference will explore its broad theme, focusing on maritime identity, the significance of maritime economics and use of the oceans; and the critical importance of defence industry to developing and maintaining naval capability.
Vice Admiral, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Tim Barrett, says: “Navies do not exist for their own sake, nor do they exist in isolation.
“While navies are an expression of government resolve in managing and protecting the oceans, they are also a national enterprise drawing heavily upon civil infrastructure and society.”
“It is this aspect that is often neglected in discussions about defence in general and navies in particular,” and what this conference looks to address, he says.
The conference will end on October 5.