Future of surface fleet on the agenda

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, speaks at the  Australian Strategic Policy Institute's conference on the future of the Australian Surface Fleet. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, speaks at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's conference on the future of the Australian Surface Fleet.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, provided a keynote address at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's conference on Australia’s Future Surface Fleet in Canberra on 31 March. 

Vice Admiral Barrett outlined lethality, 'effects' and ship availability as key considerations in the design of the future surface fleet for the Royal Australian Navy.

"Lethality brings consequences to all aspects of our fleet's acquisition - it underpins the heart of Navy's requirements," Vice Admiral Barrett said.

He flagged the importance of focusing on the 'effect' sought rather than platform design and numbers. Its about the capability not the platform. Drawing on past experience, Vice Admiral Barrett reinforced the importance of ship availability, in delivering the 'effects' required from the force.

"In my view, ship availability is as much a force multiplier as a smart weapon system," he said.

Chief of Navy restated that the Navy was a war-fighting organisation. This must continue to underpin our planning for the future force and shape what the future surface fleet should look like.

The  conference aimed to generate discussion on such topics as political viewpoints, a regional perspective, as well as capability choices and options.  Other speakers included the Minister for Defence, Defence Industry leaders and other senior Navy representatives from the United States, New Zealand and Germany.

Chief of Navy's full address is available at http://www.navy.gov.au/media-room/publications/chief-navy-speeches