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At a time when the Australian Defence Force is moving to a fifth generation of technological capability and Australia is embarking upon a massive naval shipbuilding program as part of that evolution, the need in government, industry, academia and the media to understand the way that maritime warfare works has never been greater. Yet the basic concepts are often opaque to outsiders, with even the simplest elements often surrounded by a mass of jargon and acronyms.
This one-day course is designed to provide a first introduction to the way in which navies conduct warfare at sea by providing clear and simple explanations of how navies operate in high and low intensity conflicts.
After starting with expositions of the roles and functions of navies and the way in which naval forces are structured, the course will explain the influence of the environment above and below the water on sensors and weapons. It will set out the inherent capabilities and limitations of surface, underwater and airborne platforms and show how they interact. It will cover emergent technologies and show the way in which warfare at sea will change as a result of their influence.
The formal lectures will be followed by an interactive ‘tactical floor’, during which the course will be led through a multi-dimensional maritime operation. This ‘directed war game’ will consolidate the learnings from the earlier presentations by giving a practical insight into the way in which war at sea is conducted, showing both its opportunities and its risks.
Learning outcomes: By the end of the day, course members should possess a basic understanding of naval operations and the tools to seek further knowledge of this complex, but critical subject.
The presenters are all highly experienced naval officers with extensive operational and command time, both at individual ship and at higher levels. All have a background in teaching naval warfare. They will be drawn from the UNSW Canberra Conflict + Security Naval Studies Group, and may include:
Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.