Podcasts - the port of call to a ‘Thinking Navy’

Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Topic(s): Sea Power Centre - Australia, Naval History

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Travis Onley, right, shows Royal Australian Navy Chaplain Franco Siani where to find the new podcasts on Navy history. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)
Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Travis Onley, right, shows Royal Australian Navy Chaplain Franco Siani where to find the new podcasts on Navy history.

A series of podcasts that study Australia's naval history, featuring a variety of history experts, is now available for Navy members to enjoy - whether they’re at sea or ashore.

Through Defence Library Services, Sea Power Centre - Australia has released a series of podcasts to promote Australian naval history with inherent advantages.

Deputy Director of the Sea Power Centre, Commander Alastair Cooper said feedback from Navy officers and sailors suggested podcasts were useful in professional and personal growth.

“Officers and sailors should hear about our Navy’s history and podcasts enable them to do that whenever it suits them,” Commander Cooper said. 

“They can simply download their favourite Navy historical podcasts before they sail, and listen to them while at sea without affecting the ship’s communication systems.

“Users can pull audio files from the Overdrive app to listen to on their computers or personal digital audio players - all for free.

“Additionally, podcasting is a useful way to continue learning about our history and a helpful tool towards our ‘Thinking Navy’,” he said.

Navy’s Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani is an avid listener of podcasts.

“Everybody, everywhere seems to be busy and also facing some sort of challenge in our Navy, with time-scarcity problem, and the matter has only grown more acute in recent years,” Chaplain Siani said.

“Snippets from podcasts covering topics like motivation, leadership and character development are little gold nuggets can help us cope in our busy lives.

“It would be great if future Navy podcasts would have experts sharing tips on healthy work-lifestyle balance, fitness, nutrition and well-being. 

The Australian Naval History Podcasts features a variety of history experts discussing topics from The Creation of the Royal Australian Navy to Code Breaking in World War II and Naval Ingenuity.

The Australian Naval History Podcast Series was produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the Sea Power Centre - Australia.

The podcasts can be accessed directly via the Defence Overdrive website and/or via the Overdrive Media Console Mobile App.