Thinking Navy approach - Sea Power in focus at Sydney summit

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Plan Pelorus, Sea Power Conference

Sea Power Conference, 8-10 October 2019, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney. (photo: )
Sea Power Conference, 8-10 October 2019, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Navy members of all ranks are being encouraged to attend the Royal Australian Navy’s most important international engagement of the year: Sea Power Conference 2019 (Sea Power 2019).

With a packed conference program that starts on Tuesday, Sea Power 2019 will see some of the world’s most prominent military and academic minds come together for three days of robust discussions and presentations on maritime matters and the Royal Australian Navy’s role in contributing to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. 

Held every two years, Sea Power 19 will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre from 8-10 October.

The theme of this year’s conference is The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain in the 21st Century - The Spectrum of Influence.

Hosted by the Chief of Navy, the conference will focus on three main areas - Navy’s role in the region, our involvement with Industry and our enduring links to Australia’s maritime past.

Chief of Navy said it was part of the ‘Thinking Navy’ approach to growing the Royal Australian Navy’s future fleet. 

“I am very excited about the opportunity this conference provides us in terms of expanding our thinking and our understanding of future prospects for our Navy,” the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan said.

“This is directly linked to our Plan Pelorus strategy - as Pelorus 2022 points out, we live in an increasingly complex geo-political environment within a dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

“We all have a role to play in making sure our Navy continues to evolve and prepares for an array of operational possibilities,” he said. 


Sea Power 19’s program has been specifically designed to allow delegates to follow a path tailored to their specific interests.

There will be opportunities to visit and engage with industry displays in the exhibition, as well as opportunities to engage in discussions about the important and enduring role Navy plays in our region.

Vice Admiral Noonan will use the conference to hold bilateral talks with a large number of Australia’s allies and regional partners.

“Maintaining security of trade, fisheries and the rule of law is critical to this nation’s national security and prosperity,” the Chief of Navy said.

“These are issues which affect us all,” he added.

To register for Sea Power 19 visit