Next generation of Navy looking forward to Sea Power Conference 2019

Published on Mr Josh Williams (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Topic(s): Plan Pelorus, Sea Power Conference

Midshipman Nelson Dunphy in front of the HMAS Brisbane (II) exhibit during a visit to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
Midshipman Nelson Dunphy in front of the HMAS Brisbane (II) exhibit during a visit to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Midshipman Nelson Dunphy joined the Royal Australian Navy in January this year and is looking forward to the first Sea Power Conference he will attend as a member of the Navy.

The Sea Power Conference is held in conjunction with the biennial International Maritime Exposition, Pacific 2019 and offers a thought-provoking program for those interested in naval and maritime affairs.

Midshipman Nelson Dunphy takes time to reflect at the Roll of Honour during a visit to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Midshipman Nelson Dunphy takes time to reflect at the Roll of Honour during a visit to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan has invited all members of the Royal Australian Navy to participate.

Midshipman Dunphy said he was looking forward to the event.

“I am looking forward to the networking opportunities and to hear from informed academics and senior ranking officials on contemporary topics that will have an impact on the future of the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.

This year’s theme is ‘The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain in the 21st Century - The Spectrum of influence’ and will include in-depth discussions which will contribute to achieving the Chief of Navy’s intent as ‘A Thinking Navy, A Fighting Navy, An Australian Navy’ as part of Plan Pelorus 2022.

Midshipman Dunphy is currently working at the Sea Power Centre - Australia and has been assisting with preparations for the event.

“Navy personnel should attend to stay informed on subjects and issues that will impact their lives and nation in the coming years,” Midshipman Dunphy said.

“Sea Power 19 will include reflections on past conflicts as well as an opportunity to participate in discussions with decision makers and academics regarding current events.

“Attendees will gain a broader understanding of naval concepts and operations from both an Australian and international perspective which they may not have considered before,” he said.

The event will include delegates from almost 50 countries, with Midshipman Dunphy seeing this as an important aspect of the event.

”The Conference is particularly relevant in building relationships through a semi-informal medium, allowing nations and partners to collaborate with each other. It is important to forge connections and enhance our relationships with partners through a variety of events, such as the Sea Power Conference.”

The Sea Power Conference begins on 8 October at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney. More information regarding the Conference and registration can be found at the following website: https://pacificexpo.com.au/seapower2019/