Pacific matters a key focus for Chief of Navy

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), AB Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Sea Power Conference, Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP), Chief of Navy

Delegates, including the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, at the Pacific Maritime Security Partnership event at the 2019 Sea Power Conference at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)
Delegates, including the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, at the Pacific Maritime Security Partnership event at the 2019 Sea Power Conference at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Australia’s enduring ties with the Pacific have dominated the agenda ahead of Navy’s Sea Power Conference, with a gathering of regional maritime leaders in Sydney.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, joined delegates from almost a dozen Pacific nations yesterday to discuss a number of shared regional issues relating to Maritime Security.

Vice Admiral Noonan says the Pacific Maritime Security Program represents a long-term commitment by Australia to the Pacific region.

“Navy has long enjoyed a deep and respectful relationship with our Pacific neighbours,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“Today’s meeting has focused us all on the importance of a strong, independent and secure region.”

Vice Admiral Noonan joined Defence Minister Linda Reynolds to host the roundtable, which sought input from visiting delegates on how to further strengthen regional maritime security.

Australia’s rollout of Guardian-class Patrol boats remains on schedule, with the vessels set to play an increasingly important role in maintaining security in the Pacific region.

The Pacific Maritime Security Program is just one of a number of initiatives contributing to Pacific security.

“Australia’s engagement in the Pacific is one of our highest priorities because the Pacific is our home,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“This meeting, and the discussions we will have at Sea Power 2019 this week, will help all sides work together to maintain a prosperous region,” he said.