Navy steaming forward as part of One Defence

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author)

First Principles Review Team discussing matters that relate to obtaining fast and slick equipment for sailors. (photo: Unknown)
First Principles Review Team discussing matters that relate to obtaining fast and slick equipment for sailors.

Defence has been undertaking department-wide changes as a result of recommendations from the First Principles Review, announced by the Minister for Defence in April, and since then, major work has been undertaken to simplify decision-making, heighten accountability and deliver capability on time, fit for purpose and on budget. 

Implementation of these whole of department outcomes is through a 'One Defence' framework aligning all Groups and Services with a common goal.

Within Navy, Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, has the lead to align Navy's structure, outputs and programs to those of One Defence.  

"Defence and Navy is in the midst of the largest, most technically ambitious, and complex capability modernisation program that we have ever delivered," he said.

"The Government's recent announcement to advance the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs is a clear example of this transformation. 

"One Defence will see the emergence of an efficient, effective and professional capability life cycle system and for Navy this means the delivery of advanced 5th Generation capability on time and on budget. 

"These changes also directly support the Chief of Navy's strategy for the Navy in 2018 - Plan Pelorus."  

Through Plan Pelorus, the Navy of 2018 will be more capable and more agile, and continue to deliver on the mission to 'fight and win at sea' with a proud and motivated workforce.

More information about the review can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/publications/reviews/firstprinciples/