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Cpl Max Bree
A JOINT force operating in a maritime
strategy would be crucial to meet-
ing Australia's security demands, CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison said in his open-
ing day address at the Navy Sea Power
Conference in Sydney on January 31.
"A maritime strategy is not a naval
strategy, it's a joint, indeed an intera-
gency, and perhaps
and Army has an
essential role to
play if that strategy
is to continue to
have relevance in
the coming dec-
ades," he said.
Lt-Gen Morrison said the Army could
be thought of as a projectile to be fired by
"The weapon system of the new LHD
is in fact the embarked force," he said.
As the amphibious capability is devel-
oped, 2RAR will form the basis of the
first Army amphibious battle group.
Lt-Gen Morrison said the Army was
urgently coming to grips with maintain-
ing and sustaining a whole range of land
equipment in a maritime setting.
"Our transition from the current train-
ing, posture and culture will be difficult
but it has begun," he said.
"It is absolutely necessary because
Australian maritime strategy demands
it. The Australia Army is on board, fully
embarked and ready to play its part."
Chief of Navy VAdm Ray Griggs
also told the conference Army and Navy
would have a special relationship aboard
"All three services play vital roles in
Army and Navy
in particular must
in glove in this
domain," he said.
is most certainly a game changer; it
will change the way we have operated
amphibious capabilities and challenge the
way we train as an ADF."
The Sea Power Conference, entitled
"The Navy Contribution to National
Security and Prosperity", featured presen-
tations by more than 25 maritime strate-
gists and academics.
The conference, the sixth in 12 years,
addressed the importance of sea power
to safeguard national interests amid the
global economic downturn.
sea legs -- CA
Chief heralds new era of joint cooperation
The Army is on board,
fully embarked and
ready to play its part.
-- Lt-Gen David Morrison, CA
Splash down: Australian soldiers will need to become experts in amphibious operations over the coming
years, according to CA Lt-Gen David Morrison (inset). Pictured here are 2RAR soldiers working with the
US Navy and Marines during Exercise RIMPAC in 2010.
Photo by AB Peter Thompson
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