Title of Publication Summary
4th Royal Navy Squadron: Introduction of the Oberons In October 1959 the Defence Joint Planning Committee agreed to the introduction of a submarine force in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Australia subsequently ordered four Oberon class conventional submarines from the United Kingdom (UK). Along with building the new submarines, the UK would also train Australia’s new submariners to crew the vessels. However, more than just a simple building and training transaction, this represented the end of one chapter, and the start of another in the Royal Navy’s (RN) submarine relationship with the RAN.
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.
Anchors on Skin - Tattoos and Tales from the Royal Australian Navy “Where tattoos were once seen as the sign of a sailor or a rebel, they are now widely socially accepted, traditional and tell a unique tale. Love them or hate them, the traditional skin art is fabric to our maritime culture. The reasons for being tattooed are as varied as navy’s men and women themselves. This book is dedicated our Navy shipmates that have endured the buzzing sound and pricking sensation of a tattoo gun for the sake of art, reflection and remembrance.” LCDR Will Singer, RAN
AUKUS and the Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Debate This report aims to understand the implications of AUKUS in the Indo-Pacific and what role, if any, Indo-Pacific states and ‘hedging’ will play in Australian and American foreign policy as they seek to contain growing threats to the region, including growing Chinese influence. It evaluates the Indo-Pacific from a broader perspective, discussing the potential implications of geopolitical strategic competition and AUKUS for the future of the region. Mr Jordan Thomas  
Australia and Germany: Commonalities and Challenges in the Maritime Domain Berlin and Canberra are separated by some 10,000 miles of oceans, continents, hemispheres as well as up to ten time zones. Despite the sheer distance, since 2012, marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, both countries have been united in a strategic partnership via the Berlin-Canberra Declaration. Articulated in terms of strategic unity, the bilateral relationship stems from a mutual commitment “to an active foreign policy, which reflects their shared values and many common interests, and intend to strengthen cooperation [...]”.
Australian Maritime Doctrine (2010) Australian Maritime Doctrine brought together, in an Australian context, the key concepts and themes of sea power and explained them in a clear and straightforward fashion. This book laid out the ways in which the Navy operated as part of a joint and integrated ADF to accomplish the maritime security goals set by the Australian Government.
Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine (2016) Australian Maritime Logistics Doctrine guided the ongoing development and assurance of maritime support capability.
Australian Maritime Operations (2017) Australian Maritime Operations (2017) replaced The Navy Contribution to Maritime Operations (2005).
Australia’s Strategic Interests in the Antarctic: New Challenges, New Strategies The report analyses Australia’s strategic thinking towards Antarctica through a qualitative document analysis of national security policy documents since the ATS’ establishment in 1961. It also uses a range of sources from academic journals and publications as well as think-tanks to examine Antarctica’s role in the international system, Russia’s escalating Antarctic engagement over the past decade, and in critically assessing Australia’s geostrategic position.
Blue Water Command: The Evolution of Authority on Chinese Warships Just fifteen years ago, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) seldom sailed beyond the Chinese littorals. When PLAN ships left home port, they did not stay away long; while at sea, they encountered few threats. Such were the rhythms of a coastal defense navy in a time of peace. Decades of easy duty nurtured a command culture that favored concentrated authority: only the commanding officer (CO) or the executive officer (XO) “drove” the ship or made decisions about what the ship did. Ryan D. Martinson
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.
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.
In Search of an Australian Maritime School of Thought It is no more difficult today than millennia ago to have distinct approaches to the use of force and the construction of military forces. Small powers have always had unique ways of waging war. When seeking a description of a uniquely Australian way of war, only one word appears apt – expeditionary. David Vallance
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 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.
Nuclear-Powered Submarines for Australia: Origin Stories The announcement in 2021 that Australia would acquire nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) signalled a significant shift in Australia’s defence policy. For many it seemed as if it was a decision and discussion without precedent, but this is not the case. The question of whether Australia should acquire nuclear-powered submarines was first asked in 1959 during the simpler discussion of whether Australia should acquire submarines at all.
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.
Port Visits to Australia by Nuclear-Powered Vessels: A Historical Context The announcement in September 2021 that Australia would acquire nuclear-powered submarines (NPS) signalled a significant shift in Australia’s defence posture. As part of the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) announcement of the optimal pathway in March 2023, the three Governments committed to an increase in visits of nuclear powered vessels to Australian ports by the United Kingdom (UK) and the UnitedStates (US).
RAS-AI Strategy 2040 Paper No. 2 - RAS-AI Campaign Plan 2025
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.
Russia and China in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: Implications for the Five Eyes Just like in the Arctic, the Antarctic is no longer insulated from geopolitical tension or the spillover of mistrust in the international community.1 Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are no longer exceptional in terms of ‘low tension’ governance and consensus-based decisions. And if the Arctic is any harbinger of the future of Antarctic affairs, then things may yet get worse.
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.
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.
Thresholds: Chinese Maritime Militia and Foreign Direct Investment as Non-Military Coercion in the Malacca Strait In building a database to consolidate previously unconnected data, this report proposes that two types of non-military action in the Indo-Pacific—the Belt and Road investment project and the use of civilian vessels as maritime militia— should be viewed as interdependent and purposeful revisionary strategies used by China for its economic and political goals. In tracking this relationship, it lays out the ways in which littoral states are inhibited in their individual and collective responses and recommends cooperative actions to address this going forward.
Why Australia has a Navy As an island nation, the sea is Australia’s lifeblood. We are dependent upon it. Our trade travels by sea, and thus our economy, our prosperity, and our way of life count on the sea. Good order at sea is vital to our Nation’s economic and environmental welfare, and vital to our national security. 
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.

Reference Material

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.
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.
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 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.
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.