AWARDS 2023 | Best Small Training Vessel – Master Class – Dongara Marine

Best Small Training Vessel – Master Class – Dongara Marine This was a very interesting project that illustrates the great potential for re-cycling of well designed and built aluminium vessels even when they are twenty or more years old. Given a sound vessel, a refit or rebuild, even as extensive as...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/specialised-fields/marine-research-and-training/awards-2023-best-small-training-vessel-master-class-dongara-marine/

OPINION | How to plug the Royal Australian Navy’s looming surface capability gap

Released 10 months after the defence strategic review (DSR), the annexed and long-awaited review of the Royal Australian Navy’s surface combatant fleet has finally brought some much-needed clarity on the RAN’s ambitions to expand and add potency to its current inventory of eight frigates and three...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/ausmarine/ausmarine-maritime-security/opinion-how-to-plug-the-royal-australian-navys-looming-surface-capability-gap/

AWARDS 2023 | Best SAR RIB – Woolgoolga 30 – The Whiskey Project Group

Best SAR RIB – Woolgoolga 30 – The Whiskey Project Group The rapidly growing Whiskey Project Group has hit the deck running in both Australia and the United States. Its Naiad-designed and Yamba Welding-built aluminium rescue RIBs, especially, can be seen all over eastern Australia, particularly in...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/small-craft-world/ribs-and-rhibs/awards-2023-best-sar-rib-woolgoolga-30-the-whiskey-project-group/

OPINION | Australia’s “tier 2” naval expansion opens the door for the Anzac frigate redux

This week’s unveiling of the expansionary blueprint for Australia’s future naval surface fleet brings with it a golden opportunity to revive defence cooperation between Australia and its occasionally ambivalent ally, New Zealand. Specifically, the announcement that Australia will acquire up to 11 general purpose frigates opens the door for New Zealand to join the acquisition […]

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OPINION | AUKUS: A solution to the risky UK gambit

Doubts about America’s capacity to build and then sell to Australia a series of Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) under the AUKUS agreement have led Matthew Mai to conclude that, “It is unlikely the United States will be able to deliver SSNs within the timeline laid out”. I agree...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/ausmarine/ausmarine-maritime-security/opinion-aukus-a-solution-to-the-risky-uk-gambit/

OPINION | Navy chief Mark Hammond: With a well-designed campaign, surface warships can operate in a high intensity conflict

Over decades, a truism has matured that modern technology, surveillance systems and weapons have evolved to the point where surface warships will not survive in a high intensity conflict. So, given the major increase in the size and lethality of the Royal Australian Navy announced this week, how has that thinking changed? Navy chief Vice […]

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COLUMN | The UN and unions: puppet masters of the Labor Party? [An Innocent Australian]

Ocean Island, Central Pacific, 1964. Standing on a plank stage hanging off the side of a ship with another cadet, I was unenthusiastically cleaning some rust spots, whilst the ship waited to load phosphate. We were close to the surface of these clear blue waters, with two-metre reef sharks cruising...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/ausmarine/ausmarine-shipping-and-offshore/column-the-un-and-unions-puppet-masters-of-the-labor-party-an-innocent-australian/

OPINION | The navy gets bigger under the fleet review – but is it enough?

The Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant review has laid out plans for the Royal Australian Navy to grow larger, with more firepower in the coming decade to ensure that it can meet the challenges highlighted in the 2023 defence strategic review (DSR). The navy’s surface combatant force will see the...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/ausmarine/ausmarine-maritime-security/opinion-the-navy-gets-bigger-under-the-fleet-review-but-is-it-enough/

AWARDS 2023 | Best Remote Area Pilot Boat – Svitzer Marlin – Southerly Designs & Dongara Marine

Best Remote Area Pilot Boat – Svitzer Marlin – Southerly Designs & Dongara Marine The rough, hot and rugged Pilbara region of Western Australia is host to some of the biggest and most important ports in the world for the shipment of vast quantities of iron ore, LNG and other bulk minerals. Those...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/small-craft-world/pilot-boat-operation/awards-2023-best-remote-area-pilot-boat-svitzer-marlin-dongara-marine-southerly-designs/

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