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Chief of Navy

Welcome to the 11th Royal Australian Navy Sea Power Conference, held in conjunction with the biennial International Maritime Exposition (Pacific 2019).

Pacific 2019 involves seven interrelated events:

  1. Sea Power Conference 2019, hosted by the RAN and organised by the Sea Power Centre – Australia;
  2. King-Hall History Conference 2019, hosted by the RAN and organised by the Sea Power Centre – Australia;
  3. Inaugural Senior Enlisted Leadership Conference 2019, hosted by the RAN and organised by the Warrant Officer of the Navy, WO-N Gary Wight;
  4. Pacific Maritime Security Partnership Event, hosted and organised by the RAN;
  5. Indian Ocean Forum, supported by the RAN;
  6. International Maritime Conference 2019, hosted by The Royal Institute of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, and Engineers Australia; and
  7. Pacific 2019, conducted by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited.

Collectively the conferences and exposition offer an engaging and thought-provoking program for those with a personal and professional interest in naval and maritime affairs. In 2019, Sea Power Conference will explore the broad theme ‘The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain in the 21st Century – The Spectrum of Influence’. This theme explores the use of power versus procurement in the Indo-Pacific, Sea Power and the 4th Industrial Revolution including both people and technology, and the importance of cooperative and collaborative regional partnerships to ensure that all countries benefit from the 21st Century Indo-Pacific.

Like many of our regional neighbours, Australia relies on its ocean for maritime trade and security, however without the collective collaboration of all nations within the Indo-Pacific, this way of living is under threat.

This year’s theme will also put a strong focus on the importance of people in the Maritime Domain, as without the workforces of the Royal Australian Navy, Defence Industry and other maritime agencies, Australia’s security is at risk. Along with people, there is also a strong emphasis on the skill sets required to train the 21st Navy and how to use technology to enhance our workforce.

Sea Power Conference 2019 will also look at lessons learnt from the past and how to both learn and use these lessons moving forward in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain. Sea Power Conference 2019 program is the biggest program to date, incorporating seven major interrelated events as well as many smaller events. This year, the RAN is excited to host the inaugural Senior Enlisted Leadership Conference, hosted by Warrant Officer of the Navy, WO-N Gary Wight, and will engage the future leaders of the RAN. Additionally, the RAN is thrilled to include the King-Hall History Conference as part of the wider Sea Power Conference Program and the calibre of both International and Australian scholars presenting at this event is simply impressive.

The conference program is designed to permit all delegates the opportunity to visit and engage the many industry displays in the exposition, allowing the opportunity for education and useful professional discussions with both exhibitors and fellow delegates.

I look forward to welcoming delegates from over 80 countries, Defence and Maritime Industry, and the Australian Defence Force, to Sea Power Conference 2019.

Michael Joseph Noonan, AO
Vice Admiral, Royal Australian Navy
Chief of Navy




Defence West