The Latest Air Warfare Destroyer Arrives in Sydney Harbour: NUSHIP Sydney

03/28/2020
By Lieutenant Geoff Long and Lieutenant Commander Kristen Russo Sydney residents had a first glimpse of their city’s namesake ship with the arrival of NUSHIP Sydney at Garden Island today. The last of the three Hobart-class destroyers joining Navy’s fleet entered Sydney Heads and made her way through the harbour, with contractors…

The New Australian Offshore Patrol Vessel: Its Impact in the Perspective of Vice Admiral (Retired) Tim Barrett

03/23/2020
By Robbin Laird The first time I met Vice Admiral (Retired) Tim Barrett was at the 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar in which he addressed the evolving role of the Australian Navy in the transformation of the Australian Defence Force. He provided a keynote presentation to the August 2016 Seminar on…

Industry and the Australian Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel: The Role of CIVMEC

03/20/2020
By Robbin Laird The Australian Offshore Patrol Vessel or the Arafura Class OPV program is the launch program for the new Australian approach to shipbuilding. Termed a “continuous shipbuilding process,” the core point is to have an ongoing shipbuilding effort, rather than a start and stop approach built around a…

Industry and the Australian Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel: The Role of Luerssen

03/18/2020
By Robbin Laird The Australian Offshore Patrol Vessel or the Arafura Class OPV program is the launch program for the new Australian approach to shipbuilding. Termed a “continuous shipbuilding process,” the core point is to have an ongoing shipbuilding effort, rather than a start and stop approach built around a…

New Government: New Defense Industrial Review of the UK

03/14/2020
In a March 5, 2020 article published on the UK Ministry of Defence website, it was announced that "a review that will revitalize the UK’s defence and security industrial sectors and improve productivity has been launched." The review will identify how the government can take a more strategic approach to ensure…

The New Build Australian Attack Submarine: Convergent Forces and Expectations

03/14/2020
By Robbin Laird This week I have had the opportunity to visit Western Australia. I visited both the Henderson shipyard and HMAS Stirling, the Collins submarine base. I will write in detail about those visits and discussions at the two facilities in the near future. These visits when combined with…

Final Air Warfare Destroyer Added to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet

02/29/2020
By Robbin Laird On February 28, 2020, the final of three Air Warfare destroyers was handed over officially to the Royal Australian Navy. NUSHIP Sydney is the final of the three ships being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC…

Dassault: Looking Forward to a European MALE UAV as FCAS Building Block

02/27/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris. Dassault Aviation is backing its industrial partner Airbus in budget negotiations for a planned European medium-altitude, long-endurance drone, Eric Trappier, chairman and chief executive of the aircraft builder, said Feb. 27. “It is Airbus which leads the negotiations,” he told a news conference on 2019 financial results.…