The Sea Power Centre - Australia hosts a Visiting Navy Fellows Program, which is a core element of the Royal Australian Navy’s, international defence engagement. Since 2013 the Sea Power Centre has hosted officers at the Lieutenant Commander / Commander (E) level from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Pakistan, the Philippines, Fiji, and Japan. The Sea Power Centre hosted six Visiting Navy Fellows in 2017–18 and is expected to host similar numbers in 2018–19.
The program fosters relationships and mutual understanding between the Royal Australian Navy and its key Indo-Pacific counterparts. It also contributes to maritime strategy and defence policy debates in Australia and across the region. Visiting Navy Fellows produce 10,000-word policy papers on maritime strategy and defence policy issues of critical importance to their home countries and Australia. Fellows meet with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, Australian policy makers and defence policy experts, and attend academic and policy conferences and official functions related to the Sea Power Centre‘s core program of maritime strategy research.
Visiting Navy Fellows present their final research findings at roundtables hosted by the Sea Power Centre. In these forums the Fellows showcase their research to experts in academia and senior Australian policy makers from across government. The Visiting Navy Fellows’ research papers are peer reviewed externally and published by the Sea Power Centre. Past research papers are available in electronic format on the Sea Power Centre’s website.
The Visiting Navy Fellows Program is a valuable tool for building international defence relationships and contributing to knowledge-sharing and interoperability across our region.