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Chief of Navy Welcome

Chief of Navy Chief of Navy

Welcome to the 12th Royal Australian Navy Indo Pacific Sea Power Conference, held in conjunction with the biennial Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition.

Indo Pacific 2022 involves ten interrelated events:

  1. Sea Power Conference 2022;
  2. Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition;
  3. King-Hall History Conference 2022;
  4. The Sailors’ Forum 2022;
  5. Pacific Maritime Security Partnership Event;
  6. Indian Ocean Forum;
  7. Southwest Pacific Maritime Forum;
  8. The inaugural Maritime Research Working Group;
  9. The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative event; and
  10. International Maritime Conference 2022.

Collectively the conferences and exposition offer an engaging and thought-provoking program for those with a personal and professional interest in naval and maritime affairs.

In 2022, Sea Power Conference will explore the broad theme ‘The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain in the 21st Century – A Commonality of Purpose’. This theme explores geopolitics, maritime security and the maritime ecosystem in the Indo-Pacific, the ‘Grey Zone’, and the importance of cooperative and collaborative regional partnerships in the Indo-Pacific. Like many of our friends and neighbours, Australia relies on the ocean for maritime trade and security; we depend on cooperation with all nations in the Indo-Pacific to maintain our mutual security and way of life. Threats to good order at sea affect all the nations whose security and prosperity are based on maritime trade and resources.

Once again, the RAN is also excited to host the King-Hall Naval History Conference and the Sailors’ Forum. The calibre of Australian and international industry leaders, defence officials and presenting at these events is truly impressive.

The Sea Power Conference program enables all delegates to visit and engage the many industry displays in the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition, allowing yet more opportunities for education and professional discussions.

I look forward to welcoming delegates from over 80 countries, Defence and Maritime Industry, and the Australian Defence Force, to the Sea Power Conference 2022.

Mike Noonan, AO
Vice Admiral, Royal Australian Navy
Chief of Navy