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australian maritime doctrine RAN DOCTRINE 1 2010

© Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2010 This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the Department of Defence. Announcement statement—may be announced to the public. Secondary release—may be released to the public. All Defence information, whether classified or not, is protected from unauthorised disclosure under the Crimes Act 1914. Defence Information may only be released in accordance with the Defence Protective Security Manual (SECMAN 4) and/or Defence Instruction (General) OPS 13-4—Release of Classified Defence Information to Other Countries, as appropriate. Requests and inquiries should be addressed to the Director, Sea Power Centre - Australia.

Australian Maritime Doctrine: RAN Doctrine 1 - 2010 Second Edition Sponsor Chief of Navy

Developer & Publisher Sea Power Centre - Australia Royal Australian Navy

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry Australian Maritime Doctrine: RAN Doctrine 1 - 2010. Includes index.

ISBN 9 78-0-642-29722-8.

1. Australia. Royal Australian Navy. 2. Seapower Australia. 3. Australia - Military policy. I. Australia. Royal Australian Navy. Sea Power Centre - Australia. 359.00994

australian maritime doctrine RAN DOCTRINE 1 2010

FOREW Foreword

Australian Maritime Doctrine is the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) capstone work of doctrine. It is a guide to understanding the unique nature of the RAN’s contribution to Australia’s national security and how the Navy goes about its business. This book brings together the key concepts and themes of sea power, places them in an Australian context and explains them in a clear and straightforward fashion. Equally important, it lays out the ways in which the RAN operates as part of a joint and integrated Australian Defence Force (ADF) to accomplish the maritime security goals set by the Australian Government. Much has happened in the maritime domain over the decade since the first edition of Australian Maritime Doctrine was released. There is now far greater awareness of the need for international cooperation when it comes to dealing with the complex threats facing the operation of the global system of commerce and security. The launch of the United States led Global Maritime Partnership concept and the introduction of the Proliferation Security Initiative are just two recent examples of this trend. Notwithstanding these changes, the R AN’s doctrinal principles as established in Australian Maritime Doctrine are enduring. This second edition builds on the solid reputation established by the first and seeks to refine rather than rewrite. It has been written to appeal to the widest possible audience, not only those within the Navy and the ADF, but also to all those who have responsibilities for or are interested in Australia’s national security and its instruments. The high quality of the discussion provides further evidence that the RAN has developed a deep understanding of global maritime affairs and that its doctrinal development remains of an international standard. Australian Maritime Doctrine provides an authoritative guide to current naval thinking and is thus a vital component of the training and education of all the RAN’s men and women. It is fundamental to improving our knowledge of ourselves and our Service, and likewise a key element in our work to ensure that all Australians understand better the continuing importance to their nation of the sea and sea power. I expect all the members of the RAN to read Australian Maritime Doctrine, and I urge them to discuss its contents with each other, with other members of the ADF and with the Australian public. The better informed we all are, the better able we will be to confront the strategic, social and technological challenges of the fu